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5.0 out of 5 stars Ho! Ho! Ho!, 15 Jun 2014
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William J. Fox "KillerBill" (England) - See all my reviews
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In my opinion this is the best of the three albums produced by Ultravox when John Foxx (no relation) guided the band. Despite the image they were never really a punk band, their music was sometimes just as raw but often had more depth by including Billy Curry's violin and synths. There is a wide range of moods and styles but the album flows better than the first album. Of particular note are "Distant Smile" and "The Man Who Dies Every Day" but my favourite track from this band has to be the original closing track "Horoshima Mon Amour" which still brings a tear to my eye. A much faster and frenetic live version is also also included.

This extended version includes 6 bonus tracks including the single which brought them into the public eye "Young Savage", which is, in my view, the nearest they get to their punk contemporaries. When Foxx left and Midge Ure took the band to greater heights I lost interest in their stadium rock but was happy for their success even if I no longer cared much for the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Silhouettes to Gold, 21 Dec 2012
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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The opening to the opening track on `Ha! Ha! Ha!' (`RockWrok') always makes me laugh - and the inclusion of the lyrics in the sleevenotes on this remastered edition finally puts paid to my belief that Foxx actually sings "KY'ed and willing", when it's actually "Wet, wild and willing"!

This second album by Ultravox was released barely six months after their first. Produced again by a young but rapidly-becoming-experienced Steve Lillywhite, there is no let up in the aggression of the group's sound over the first four tracks. Then follows `The Man Who Dies Every Day' and the first major appearance of time Billy Currie's contorted string sound, a feature that would pay ample dividends in the early 80s. The slightly more electronic bias from their debut album is also apparent in such features as the drum machine present in `Hiroshima Mon Amour'.

The group's sound was always interesting and innovative, making them stand out from their pre-pink, punk, and post-punk contemporaries, a cross between the Clash and Roxy Music. What other group of the time could come up with the opening soundworld of `Distant Smile'?

Foxx's part-provocative, part-mocking, and part-tongue-in-cheek lyrics are a fascinating and lacerating litany, continuing to take no prisoners. `The Man Who Dies Every Day' relates how "Someone stood beside me for a moment in the rain / A silhouette, a cigarette, and a gesture of disdain." Whilst in `Hiroshima Mon Amour', we "Walk through Polaroids of the past / Features fused like shattered glass / The sun's so low / Turns our silhouettes to gold."

This remastered edition ups the playtime from the thirty-six minutes of the original to almost an hour. The six bonus tracks include the studio and a live version of `Young Savage' as well as some interesting and quite radical remixes. With copious sleevenotes to boot, this is an impressive package with outstanding sound quality.
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