On top of all these official tweets were the responses from the fans I saw. All of the ones I saw were positive. (Of course, there might have been less than positive ones that I just didn’t see.) Some people were just excited to see the pictures. I get this. While, of course, many fans do like to look at the band members and I’m sure that’s part of it, I also think seeing the picture makes it so much more real. After all, we all know that words on twitter do not prove anything. Pictures do something else that words can’t always do. They can really show body language and give a deeper sense as to how the person(s) is (are) doing and feeling. That picture of Roger, for example, shows him with a slight smile on his face, which is great! Judge yourself–go here to look. Thus, am I thrilled that we might get more pictures next week? Of course, I am!
Other fans are just now finding out that Duran is working with Mark Ronson again. For those fans, they couldn’t be more thrilled (assuming that they loved AYNIN). For most fans, this news brings a certain level of excitement but also a certain level of comfort. Let’s face it. Duran has been so innovative that they truly have tried to never make the same album twice and each album definitely sounds different from the album before it and the album after it. Sometimes, the change has been welcomed, especially when it feels like they hit the nail on the hit with an album after one that wasn’t as well-liked. All You Need Is Now is the perfect example of that. A lot of fans were disappointed or worse with Red Carpet Massacre. AYNIN was very much a welcomed change. I suppose it can be argued that some of Duran’s best albums have been created after a not-as-great album. Some would say the Wedding Album was another example of that. My point here is that Duran often tries to change, to be different from the previous album. Will that happen with Mark? It is hard to say. Will the new album sound like a continued version of AYNIN? Will it sound different? The one thing a lot of us fans would say is that Mark seemed to really get Duran. Thus, it doesn’t matter as much if it sounds like AYNIN part 2 or is something totally different. We have confidence that it will still sound and feel like Duran.
The other interesting thing about the band working with Mark again is that they haven’t worked with same producer two times in a row for a whole album since their first two albums when they worked with Colin Thurston. Yes, I realized that they worked with Nile Rodgers a few times, but those weren’t all for albums. Likewise, Alex Sadkin produced Seven and then produced Arcadia. That still isn’t the same. Anyway, interestingly enough, the first two albums plus AYNIN are definitely my top 3 Duran albums. I wonder how much this fact of having the same producer will make a difference. In particular, I have to wonder about how long the album might take. I’m sure all of you out there are talking about Durantime as you read and I won’t disagree, but I have to wonder if already having established working relationships might not speed up the process. Perhaps, it won’t speed up the process as much as it might make it more enjoyable for all involved. We may never know.
No matter the length of time to make the album, I have confidence that it will turn out well. I also have to hope that there continues to be tweets and updates from the studio. It will definitely keep my excitement up!!