Duran Duran
Seven and the Ragged Tiger


3.5
great

Review

by Divaman USER (157 Reviews)
March 19th, 2018 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While this album marked the end of Duran Duran's reign at the top of the pop rock mountain, it's still a New Wave classic.

Seven and the Ragged Tiger was Duran Duran's third studio album, and it capped off what was the most successful period in the band's career. While it's clearly not as strong as their second album, Rio (1982), and probably not as consistent as their self-titled first LP (1981), it's still a pretty substantial musical document that holds up well today.

At the time of its release, the band was often hit with criticism that was somewhat unfair -- namely, that they weren't a serious band, but were rather a teen-idol type group whose music was aimed mostly at underage girls. More than thirty-five years later, it's obvious that their music has endured the test of time in a way that no teenybopper-centric band ever could. Yes, they were immensely popular with hoards of screaming adolescent females, but so had The Beatles been twenty years earlier. It didn't detract any from the music. Duran Duran was also criticized as a band trying to make it by pushing sexually sensationalized songs and videos. But while some of their music was (and is) pretty sensual, again, it's become clear over the decades that there's more there than just sex -- Duran Duran had a talent for crafting songs with strong hooks, they had a first-rate pop vocalist in Simon LeBon, and several of their musicians were severely underrated (as guitarist Andy Taylor and bass player John Taylor demonstrated two years after Tiger when they played in their rockier side project with Robert Palmer, The Power Station).

While reportedly not an easy album to make, Seven and the Ragged Tiger contained three successful singles: "The Reflex", which was the only single the band ever released that reached #1 on the charts in both the UK and the U.S. (and in several other countries as well); "Union of the Snake", which reached #3 in both the UK and U.S.; and "New Moon on Monday", which "only" reached #9 in the UK and #10 in the U.S., but which was my favorite of the three. I don't know that any of these three tracks has held up quite as well as songs like "Hungry Like the Wolf" or the title track from Rio, or even as well as "Girls on Film" from Duran Duran, but all three have proven long-lived enough that they still get some airplay on '80s stations today.

Of the nine tracks on the original release of the LP, there are several other worthwhile numbers as well. Among the most notable are the slow and spacy instrumental "Tiger Tiger", the bouncy "I Take the Dice", and the wistful album-ender, "The Seventh Stranger".

Seven and the Ragged Tiger received mixed reviews at the time of its release. The band followed it up with a live album (Arena) in 1984, then went on hiatus while Andy and John Taylor made their The Power Station album, and LeBon, keyboard player Nick Rhodes and drummer Roger Taylor went on to form their own side project band, Arcadia. By the time they came back together for the 1986 studio album Notorious, Roger Taylor had retired (for the next 15 years, at least) from the music business, Andy Taylor left the band mid-way through the recording sessions, and Duran Duran's most prosperous days were behind them. Nevertheless, while Seven and the Ragged Tiger might have marked the end of Duran Duran's reign at the top heights of the pop rock mountain, it's still an album to be valued as a fine example of some of the best of '80s New Wave music.



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Divaman
March 19th 2018


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OK, that marks a nifty 100 reviews on Sputnik for me.

Digging: Deep Cut - Different Planet

e210013
March 19th 2018


2616 Comments


Despite I like and know very well the two first albums of Duran Duran, I have both albums on my collection, I must confess my complete ignorance about this album. I really never checked it. I think I need to do that someday, especially because you called my attention to it.

Another good review Diva and congratulations for your 100 review. That is a very impressive number, especially in such a short time. Besides, your reviews are always a pleasure to read. Pos.

Cheers, buddy.

Batareziz
March 19th 2018


215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice work, Diva. Congratulations of the sweet 100.

Haven't listened to the album but it's on my "to-listen" list.

Divaman
March 19th 2018


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, gents.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2018


11196 Comments


Congrats Diva. Nice review too. Duran Duran has some seriously underrated bass playing.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2018


11745 Comments


Whoa, 100? Congrats Diva, feels like yesterday when I was reading your Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols review.

butcherboy
March 19th 2018


9464 Comments


congrats on the 100th!!!

Divaman
March 19th 2018


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, my friends.

Jethro42
March 19th 2018


15969 Comments


Congrats on the 100th Diva. That's something, considering you're only active since mid 2016.
Like e21, I'm not too familiar with Duran Duran save for their two debut albums. I know ''The Reflex'' off this one at least. I might listen to some Duran Duran in a near future at some point. Haven't heard them in ages.

Review is an easy read and right to the point. You have a good analytical mind.

Divaman
March 20th 2018


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Jethro. I've always been fond of this band, and thought Simon LeBon was an excellent vocalist.

TwigTW
March 20th 2018


3825 Comments


This album was the biggest of the first three, but it seems to be the least mentioned now (although far from forgotten). Nice review Diva, congratulations on 100!

Divaman
March 20th 2018


4500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Twig. I think that looking back, it's not as strong an album as the first two -- as often happens, it think the fame they built with the first album and especially with "Rio" contributed mightily to the great sales of "Seven" -- but it's still a pretty good album, and one that deserves to be remembered. This is another one of those albums I was really surprised to see didn't previously have a review here.

TwigTW
March 20th 2018


3825 Comments


yeah, I agree.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 4th 2018


26236 Comments


Duran Duran actually reposted this review on their FB.



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