Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes and company are sharper than they look. Suspecting that Duran Duran are past their sell-by date, they've turned to an ace producer to update their sound. But rather than spend the big bucks to get Timbaland, they chose instead Timbaland's cost-effective and more sample-savvy sidekick, Nate 'Danja' Hills -- who salvaged Britney's Blackout-- to do the bulk of the work and then brought in Timbaland in for three tracks, mostly to have his name in the credits.
It's a very shrewd move, as Danja still needs a few more statement albums to get himself out of shadow cast by Timbaland, who gets all the credit for the sessions they worked on together (see Nelly Furtado's Promiscuous, Justin Timberlake's SexyBack, etc).
So, he hooked up Duran Duran with some seriously dope beats and nasty Neu-ish grooves for Red Carpet Massacre, way hipper stuff than they even know. The downside is that Simon LeBon is still singing and writing all the lame lyrics.
That isn't a huge problem on the clubby jams, but when the tempos slow down and you can actually hear the corny shit LeBon's shrieking about, Danja's deft tweaking is all for naught. Hey, he's a producer, not a freakin' alchemist.