Music Review: Duran Duran: Danse Macabre

It’s been a while since I did a music review. I don’t think I even did one for Duran’s last album, Future Past, which was released two years ago. But the excitement was high for the new Hallowe’en-themed album, so it’s time to get back into the habit! Thoughts listed track by track…

Nightboat

This re-recording sounds even eerier than the original, and sort of more epic. Like a film soundtrack. It does lose some of the punk energy I loved in the 1981 version, though.

Black Moonlight

This is more of a banger every time I hear it. A ‘dancing around the room’ kind of song! Love that funk bassline. I also love that it’s been all over the BBC this Hallowe’en week.

Love Voudou

A funkier and less spiky update of the original ‘Love Voodoo’ from 1993. I think I prefer this version!

Bury A Friend

My favourite Billie Eilish song so I was excited about this one. It did not disappoint. Fully Duranised and nicely rock-infused.

Supernature

Loses none of the disco feel of the original Cerrone version. Love the backing chorus at the end.

Danse Macabre

Probably the most Hallowe’en-y song on the album. My favourite lyrics (I am a Hallowe’en girl so frankly I was sold from the opening) and it’s another one that’s highly danceable.

Secret Oktober 31st

I always found the original slightly dirge-y (I wrote a piece for Cherry Lipstick to that effect) but this version is a bit better – it has a twinkly lightness about it at the start and then gets a bit filmic by the end. Much more interesting.

Ghost Town

A classic from the Specials back in the day so I wasn’t sure what to expect. They’ve injected it with a lot more fun and it made me smile (and then laugh when it got extra reggae in the middle). A more serious cover would probably have fallen flat but this one struck the right note.

Paint It Black

Another personal favourite from childhood. What I love about the Rolling Stones original is its harsh spikiness and that was lost here. However, it does sound spookier (and the guitars are pleasingly ’80s) so I think it’s a version that will grow on me.

Super Lonely Freak

Duran played this mashup of ‘Super Freak’ and ‘Lonely In Your Nightmare’ when I saw them in Leeds earlier this year. I hadn’t realised it had originated from the Hallowe’en 2022 Vegas gig, but I did enjoy it in concert (even if I was worried for a moment that it had replaced the wonderful ‘Girls On Film’/’Acceptable In The ’80s’ mashup that I love! But they kept that in too so yay). Glad to see it immortalised on record… and the sax section is fantastic.

Spellbound

Being a recovering goth, I am a huge Siouxsie and the Banshees fan. The original has been played at every goth club night since 1981 and so I know it intimately. This version lacks a little of the punk energy, but it would fit in very nicely with later goth rock from the second half of the ’80s.

Psycho Killer

A smoother and more epic version of the Talking Heads original. Gorgeous double bassline (the second provided by Victoria De Angelis of Måneskin, complementing John Taylor) and lovely instrumental work all round.

Confession In The Afterlife

A slow and serious ending to what has otherwise been a fun and danceable album. Pretty tune and a nice guitar solo but it feels like a bit of an odd duck on this record.

Happy Hallowe’en!

It’s a quiet one for me today watching dodgy old Universal monster films. I finished my short game yesterday and am planning to spend the week catching up with things I’ve been neglecting.

Just a short run this morning as I fancied an evening in tonight. I run all my short runs at easy/comfortable pace but I do seem to be speeding up a bit at the moment. Hopefully that’s a good sign.

October into November

Just a quick blog today as finishing off my game. It’s a very short one (I ended up entering the make-it-in-four-hours category as I ran out of time to finish my initial project) but it’ll be nice to get something out, especially for Hallowe’en.

A few things to look forward to in the next week. Going back to a Pilates class I’ve not been to since pre-pandemic, and volunteering at a race next Sunday (my first race volunteering! only volunteered at parkrun before).

One week to Hallowe’en

Getting more used to my Monday schedule now and feeling less strange about leaving my run till the evening. I hope that future Mondays will be a bit less distracting though! Between the political events and the wait for the London Marathon ballot, there are a lot of excuses to drift off and check email / social media / etc.

All of these things are also distracting me from Hallowe’en (my favourite celebration of the year) in a week’s time, so I will try and ignore them as much as possible. Work is quieter this week (so far!) so the plan is to get on with my Hallowe’en game and enjoy some spooky music, TV and films.

Back to game-making

Going to start the coding on my Hallowe’en game today. I was meant to start last week but I wasn’t feeling well enough to concentrate on code. It’s been a few months since I settled into a game project and I think the small game I’ve planned out for this month will be a good way to dive back in.

Still only running short but feeling a lot better out there now – energy levels are almost back to normal.