Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Brilliant – Ultravox (#223)

on January 6, 2015

Ultravox_-_Brilliant_album_coverBrilliant – Ultravox

Midge Ure and chums get together again to boost their pension pots which have no doubt been drained dry through excessive hobnobbery and pop star lifestylishness. Unfortunately, after a 28 year hiatus it’s unlikely that your reunion will be headline news to anyone but serious fans, nor is it likely to attract new fans. Moreover, as the majority of original fans are now probably pushing 50 something, it’s even more unlikely that new audiences are going to surface for another 20 years or so.

I’m not a fan.

Oh, wait that’s unfair. I have Ultravox’s “Best of” compilation. I like some of their songs,  just some of them are a bit…too… Godbothery for my liking. So when in 2012 this album was released I thought I’d give it a go.

Yes the sound of Ultravox is still there and it’s a lot more mature. It’s also a good thing that, unlike most bands who have a reunion several years later, there are no tribal/World music influences rotting the flavour away from inside. Brilliant is not a bad album to be fair, I’m already three tracks through and I’m not in any rush to change the track listing for something else.


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