6. Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
Back in late 2010, Duran Duran released a 9-song EP version of a new collection of music that created excitement and pride within the group. It seems they had a producer who was not only a fan, but wanted them to make an album in the same manner as their debut and Rio. They nearly succeed in recreating that energy. Unfortunately a few weeks later the band released the full-version of All You Need Is Now with a few bloated numbers which weighted the energy of the nine. No matter. The core music here really is great with “Girl Panic!” unashamedly wrapping its arms around the sound that made them popular. It’s quite evident that the boys love what Ronson helped them create and All You Need Is Now is that much more infection for it.
Favorite songs: “Safe (In the Heat of the Moment),” “Girl Panic!” “The Man Who Stole a Leopard”
5. The Cars – Move Like This
The Cars’ new album is like running into a dear friend after 24 years of separation and realizing that you’ve started a conversation as if only 24 hours has passed. With all the band’s trademark quirkiness present, Move Like This is filled with impossibly catchy staccato goodness. The first track, “Blue Tip,” sets the tone with everything the band was during the height of New Wave: upbeat, celebratory, electronic and heavenly. It’s enough to tease the hair and wear lace gloves. The rest doesn’t deviate. All that is missing is Benjamin Orr’s vocals. Orr died in 2000 and Move Like This is that strange mix of being a tribute to and suffering from his loss. Still, this is a surprisingly wonderful reminder of the style the The Cars had niched.
Favorite songs: “Blue Tip,” “Sad Song,” “Hits Me”