Release date
4 Oct 2004
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 (Reach Up For The) Sunrise 3:24 40,363
2 Want You More! 3:36 15,637
3 What Happens Tomorrow 4:05 66,723
4 Astronaut 3:23 20,951
5 Bedroom Toys 3:50 19,102
6 Nice 3:28 18,700
7 Taste The Summer 3:52 16,291
8 Finest Hour 3:54 17,407
9 Chains 4:45 14,957
10 One Of Those Days 3:44 14,828
11 Point Of No Return 4:56 14,833
12 Still Breathing 5:57 14,387

About this album

Astronaut is the 11th studio album by English pop rock band Duran Duran, first released on 11 October 2004 (see 2004 in music).

This was Duran Duran’s first studio album since Pop Trash (2000), and the first full album since Seven and the Ragged Tiger (1983) to be recorded by the original five members of the band (the stand-alone 1985 single “A View to a Kill” was their last studio recording together.)

Duran Duran originally announced a reunion of the original five members in 2001, and began writing new music together in the south of France. They continued to write and record intermittently, working hard for a few months at a time, throughout 2002 and 2003. The band’s friend Nile Rodgers did preliminary production work on several tracks.

Meanwhile, the search for a record label went on, complicated by the band’s desire for independence, control, strong promotional support, and a commitment for more than one album, at the same time that the cash-strapped and risk-averse recording industry was unwilling to gamble on the “leftover fame” of a band best known for a series of 20-year-old hits.

The band, frustrated and with nearly thirty new songs approaching completion, set out on a world tour in 2003 to show that the band still had drawing power.

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