The last month has been a blur. I pretty much missed the holidays: too much work, and when Christmas finally rolled around, I could hardly get out of bed. We didn’t have a Christmas tree, and after New Year’s, I had working weekends with 22-hour workdays. But last weekend was more or less normal, and my wife is still putting up with me, so it can’t be all bad.
Just after New Year’s, someone introduced me to last year’s Duran Duran album, All You Need Is Now. It is a pitcher of icewater in the desert of allegedly popular music. OK: it’s a blast from the past, but what makes it so good?
I usually trip over myself when trying to write about music, so forgive me if this is a little clunky. But Duran Duran’s music–when they’re not trying to be something else–speaks of a place of achievement, where logic and reason carries the day, where things work. It makes you want to set aside your pains and complaints and go out and accomplish something.
And for that reason, the title track, ‘All You Need Is Now,’ is my belated Song of the Year for 2011.