According to a 2011 Duran Duran interview with The Quietus
, the recording process with Timbaland was like a bad dream. Said bassist John Taylor: "That whole project was a f---ing nightmare. We delivered an album to Sony that was a natural-sounding, almost rock album, and they were like: 'We need something a bit pop, do you fancy doing a couple of tracks with Timbaland?'"
Keyboardist Nick Rhodes continued: "The thing was, we got an opportunity to work with Timbaland, so we thought: 'Great, let's go for it.' We knew it was a risk in terms of what the fans would like, if you're working with someone who is ostensibly an electro/hip hop producer. When Timbaland saw the guitar and the bass and the drums come in to the studio, I think he was mortified, because everything's in a box for those guys. But I'm really glad we made that album, because in time I think it will stand up."