Patrick D. Stella | Oswego, NY United States | 12/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Funny now how Justin Timberlake is working with Duran Duran because he was a fan "back in the day, you know, when they had hits like 'Ordinary World.'"...
Obviously this was past Duran's "Day" of regular hit singles like "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Rio" and "Is There Something I Should Know." Funny also that many people talking about this album talk about the first time they heard "Oridinary World." I remember the first time I heard it too as the radio alarm went off and it was playing. I thought, that's an interesting song, wonder who it is? I was floored when I heard it was Duran Duran. The songs is simply haunting in its beauty and gravity. A wonderful ballad of depth and feeling.
In addition to O.W., there are plenty of other good songs here like "Come Undone," "Love Voodoo," "Too Much Information" and "Sin Of the City," but where things tend to break apart some are in the number of average songs like "Drowning Man," "UMF," and "To Whom It May Concern." None of those songs are bad, they just don't stand out like the others. Still this was a welcome album and an improvement over "Liberty" which lacked any really great songs like the ones included here.
I also felt like Warren Cuccurullo really became a fully assimilated member of the band here. He started to contribute more to Duran's sound from this point too (especially on 2000's Pop Trash). Warren is a very gifted guitarist and Duran was lucky to have him. My opinion is that they should have never parted with him, but who am I?
I also saw the band on this tour at West Point Military Academy and it was knock-down great! I'll never forget Simon strutting around the stage in his pink suits and bleach-blond hair to hundreds of cadets in uniform all singing "Hungry Like The Wolf." Quite surreal.
So here we have the commercial success that Duran Duran has been trying to regain ever since. This is an excellent album. The ballads like O.W. and C.U. are some of thier best songs. Even with the filler songs you can't go wrong by adding this to your collection."
99D2Kid | Morton, PA | 04/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Wedding Album is undeniably one of their best albums. A comeback it is, and a whole new fresh sound for a new decade. I enjoyed the fact they brought in some new styles but still kept to some of their original roots. An all grown-up Duran Duran compared to their work in the 80's. I find it fits into the 90's quite nicely.
Everything on this album is memorable and truly classic. "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone," soft ballads from the heart that are just unforgettable. It's easy to see how these songs became so popular and remain enjoyable after all these years. And I still find "Ordinary Wrold" their best ballad to date. "Too much information" "UMF" and "Drowning Man" are your fix of rock, and they're not to disappoint. Others "Love Voodoo" "To whom it may concern" "None of the above" and "Sin of the City" also great songs. The only song that I disliked was "Shotgun," it didn't stand out like the others and it didn't make much sense to me.
5-star rating, ranks right up there with Rio and Astronaut, a masterpiece all of its own. I highly recommend this album and you won't be disappointed. Fun till the end!
I also recommend you buy the single "Come Undone" for the bonus track "Stop Dead." I wish it had been on the original line-up. If you like this album, you will, and I mean, you will like it!!!!
The "Mad Mind" has spoken.