Ultravox - Brilliant (1 star)

Ultravox - Brilliant

Dull and pompous record from the no-longer-relevant Ure and co

Does the world really need another album, the first in 26 years, from the ‘classic’ Midge Ure-era Ultravox – a group of negligible lasting impact on music even at their mid-80s arena synth-pop zenith? The Trade Descriptions Act-violating Brilliant is another of those new old records for diehard fans to apologise for while quietly ignoring the fact that such a half-arsed exercise in nostalgia merely craps on their cherished memories.

It’s the sound of a band who either couldn’t make their music seem relevant or couldn’t be bothered to: a desolately uninteresting lunar landscape of portentous piano melodies and wheezy antiquated synth sounds, booming drums, bombastic guitars and Ure’s clenched vocals swathed in ridiculous echo, echo, echo, as if their dull pompousness requires repeating, repeating, repeating.

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Ultravox

Midge Ure's band, back together again and on the reunion trail in support of their new album Brilliant.

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5. Kompani25 May 2012, 11:37am Report

Malcolm Jack has dribbled a sloppy review of what, on listening to the video and iTune samples, will be a very good album produced by a group who knows its place in the pantheon of British music.

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25. ml99mos8 Aug 2012, 8:01pm Report

Malcolm,

pleeeeeeease do not call this a "review", since it is not, no matter how, with hindsight, you try to justify your gibberish, gibberish, gibberish

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29. Joe 9018 Dec 2012, 11:56pm Report

I think Ultravox (Midge Ure era) were/are fantastic!!! I've got all the albums on vinyl and CD and would never part with them - still got the poster from inside the Rage In Eden Album :)

I KNOW YOU FANS AINT GONNA LIKE THIS BUT, I JUST LISTENED TO BRILLIANT AND I THINK IT DEFINATELY LIVES UP TO (PART OF) THE REVIEWERS COMMENT WHICH SAYS :-

"a desolately uninteresting lunar landscape"

I JUST DONT THINK THERE'S ANY GOOD OR MEMORABLE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM!!!

I DO NOT AGREE WITH HIS COMMENTS SLAGGING ULTRAVOX OFF!!!!

Ultravox are still one of my favourite bands from the early 80's as are Visage (first 2 albums). I hate the state of todays popular current music scene - to me its an insult to whats gone before it. I love everything from metal, glam, funk, rock, punk, goth, dance, disco and classical. I have a really wide taste in music so I am not limited to a single genre. Just cant seem to get to grips with this latest offering from Ultravox though - its just boring :( Sorry guys, this album just doesnt do anything for me at the moment.

To be absolutely fair, I'm gonna give it a few more listens and see if any tracks are growers and if they are I'll come back and say so!

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32. Neil B23 Jan 2015, 10:41pm Report

This review doesn't really deserve to be commented on, although I will say that it encapsulates for me why I rarely have time for /any/ reviews, let alone monumentally bad ones.

Music, film and art are inherently subjective. Especially if they're any good. Anything that doesn't get mixed and strongly polarized reviews isn't likely to be doing anything very interesting. The best a good review can do is offer some insight independent of subjective taste. This one does exactly the opposite of course, and it's pretty funny and revealing that the reviewer felt the need to reply at such great length to the negative feedback. :-) If he'd had any confidence in what he wrote he'd just have let it stand. However I suspect that he's very aware of what a sloppy and destructive piece of writing it was. A learning experience, let's hope.

I haven't heard the album yet. I didn't know it existed until I heard one of the tracks on the radio the other day. A surreal experience (and I don't use that adjective lightly), because I didn't immediately recognise it as being by Ultravox (how could an oddly slightly different and non-contemporary sounding new track on the radio be by a long-defunct 80s band I used to like 30 years ago as a painfully shy and nerdy teenager?). It was all the weirder because, by a wonderfully choreographed coincidence, at the time I happened to be driving through the area where I used to live as a teenager... Of course it all fitted when the name of the band was announced (without it being any less surreal).

On the strength of what I've heard and read I suspect I will like the album, and this may very well be as much to do with my personal associations with the band, the era and my own adolescence as with anything else. In a wider sense that's true for all music though.

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