Picks and Pans Review: So Red the Rose

updated 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/27/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST


Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and John Taylor made a splash with their Power Station project. Now the remaining D.D. members, Simon LeBon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes, have made this album, with the ad hoc billing of Arcadia. The glossy '80s pop of So Red the Rose is, however, not noticeably different from the parent group's, and LeBon's sleepy vocals reinforce that similarity. At least the brightly produced single Election Day, with its oblique horns, compares favorably with anything Duran Duran has ever done. The same cannot be said of the rest. In all their guises, these Brits are like kids trapped in a candy store. They pick out the best studios with the best musicians (in this case, Andy MacKay, David Gilmour, Herbie Hancock and others) and indulge their whims. It's awfully difficult to take seriously a band like Arcadia, which includes credits for hair, wardrobe and clothes on their album sleeve. This record, like everything the Duranies have touched to date, is ultimately unsatisfying. (Capitol)

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