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Ultravox swansong fails to recapture old glory
on 17 March 2001
After Live Aid and Midge Ure's solo success with If I Was, you sense that there wasn't much of a combined will in the construction of this album. Down from a quartet to a trio following the departure of Warren Cann, the last Ultravox album proper is an eneven mix of styles and quality. At its best it recalls former glories. All in One Day is a fine string assisted pean to Live Aid in the mould of Visions in Blue, and Dream On is as near as this album gets to the old, moody, synth driven Ultravox of the Rage in Eden period. There's the poetic and thought provoking All Fall Down, which, along with Same Old Story was one of two top 40 singles from the album. It's a collaboration with the Chieftans which is as far from trad Ultravox as it's possible to get but is the album's one real piece of inspiration. U-Vox is dragged down, though, by too many irrelevancies; too many tracks that the band would have been unlikely to use as B-sides in earlier days. Time to Kill and Moon Madness have their moments but are, ultimately, naff. The Prize is a touch dull and, even worse, the album cover is the most garish, migraine inducing piece of artwork you have ever seen. Midge Ure and Chris Cross left the band after this. Billy Currie formed a new version later, but this album marked the official end of a Ultravox.