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Midge Ure, Fragile (Hypertension Records)
CD Reviews- 8/21/2014

08/21/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 I really have nothing against Midge Ure at all, but then again, when this came up, I wasn’t too sure who he was in the first place. I didn’t really even know he was one of those randomly popular Brit-rockers, a guy who co-wrote the Live Aid song “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” and by the way, he was involved in the Thin Lizzy album Black Rose for one co-writer credit. I’m sure that must make one or two of you out there throw your bowl of SpaghettiOs at the wall, like how could I not be hip to Ure’s old band Ultravox, and so on. For this I apologize, of course, in word if not from the heart.  See, I assume this new album, full of dreary, unmemorable New-Age-tinged Tangerine Dream-style synthpop, is frighteningly similar to its historical predecessors, namby-pamby soft-metal that was all the rage at Kerrang in the late ‘80s, like Marillion. And still today, the question remains, what is this stuff supposed to be used for? Too heavy for yoga class, too soft for Christian hard-rock — I mean, how did this stuff ever make a dent in the first place, even in Britain?  C+

— Eric W. Saeger






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