MIDGE URE - Fragile

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Electronic, Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Hypertension | Autor: WS

The Scottish musician Midge Ure has a moving biography. With Thin Lizzy he swung the electric guitar, with Ultravox and Visage he produced electronic sounds and for Live Aid and follow-up projects he played the organizer together with Bob Geldof. His solo career started with the hit "If I Was". "Fragile" is now the first fully-fledged solo album in a good ten years. Unexpectedly soft he comes across in the beautifully shimmering opener "I Survived". "Are We Connected" is exciting Electrorock of the best kind. The songs are covered by a fine sophisticated electro veil, which keeps them away from too close to the main band Ultravox, but of course a bass sequencer thunders through the song beam on "Become". Moby contributes keyboards to "Dark Dark Night", even though this dark piece reminds us of the best Ultravox moments. Ure goes beyond his usual cosmos with a Spanish guitar intro in the instrumental "Wire And Wood" and the fine title track, which goes through as a spherical melodic prog together with mellotron clouds. A wonderfully elegiac album for late hours.

Top track: Are We Connected

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