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on 3 June 2012
Come on now everyone, let's calm down. The "Ultravox-were-my-favourite-band-when-I-was-young-and-they're-still-great" reviews are all well and good and there's loyalty and all that to be had I know, but this is no more than okay. For sure, anyone who is embarking on a genuine "comeback" album 18 years on from the last release, has got plenty of cojones to be calling it Brilliant. But here Midge and the boys are, one word titles an' all. Blessed are the facts that Rise is not the PiL song, One not the U2 one, and Hello most definitely not the Lionel Ritchie number.
Live and the lead-off title track are pretty good,final track Contact and the aforementioned One have all the drama we came to love about Ultravox, while Satellite and Hello remind you of past glories. It all adds up to pretty efficient and welcome material. But if someone told me they were using the same Emulators and DX7s from thirty years ago, I'd happily believe them. I mean it as a compliment when saying that parts of the record really do sound like Vienna and Rage in Eden; but it strangely doesn't sound quite as modern as, say, Lament at times, which is a bit odd 28 years later. Still, as the reviews suggest, the hardcore fans will lap this up. I'm enjoying it, I am, but as the saying goes, I didn't quite want it to be deja-vu all over again!