Album review: MIDGE URE – Fragile

Midge Ure - Fragile

Hypertension Music [Released 07.07.14]

Midge Ure returns with his first solo album of original material in over a decade. In between he has been touring with the revived Ultravox who also released an album.

I will be honest and say I have much preferred his work with Ultravox previously as his solo material has been a bit hit and miss.  However this album sees Midge Ure create some wonderful electronic and cinematic soundscapes, often recalling Moby which comes as no surprise as Moby guests on ‘Dark, Dark Night’.

‘Star Crossed’ is quite possibly one of his best songs period. The listener is swept away in the grandiose production and the synths/electronic effects are a delight on every repeated listen.

Mellow progressive music with a cinematic scope and this theme continues on the seven minutes plus instrumental ‘Wire And Wood’, destined to be used on TV as backing music methinks. ‘Let It Rise’ harks back to early/mid-80’s era Ultravox, albeit with a more modern production.

The Pet Shop Boys and Sparks come to mind on ‘Become’, a good song for airplay as it has a memorable chorus.

Don’t go expecting Ultravox or indeed anything like his past solo work, as on this album he really lets loose his electronic and progressive influences. Easily his strongest solo album to date and it has been well worth the time it has taken to produce this album.  ****

Review by Jason Ritchie





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