- Ultravox *
REVIEW *MICHAEL DWYER *
It's easy to laugh. Ultravox's cold, melodramatic, shiny-suited future ran out nearly 30 years ago, their legacy to most a howl that "this means nothing to me" through the cobbled streets of a pointlessly exorbitant pop video (ah, Vienna). That "classic" 80s line-up, led by incoming vocalist Midge Ure after John Foxx's departure, reunites here with brave new synth-wave flawlessly intact but an affecting human heartbeat beneath the chill. The trudging Live Again is a misjudged opener that aims for triumphal resonance but falls foul of cliche and predictable melody. Much more believable and impressively crafted are the reflective, even maudlin likes of The Change, Remembering and Fall. Here the unflinchingly nostalgic soundscape of icy keys, treated vocals and robotic rhythms forms an entirely logical backdrop for a band that now shares as much melancholy for better days as accumulated songwriting and production expertise.