It’s been more than a decade since Midge Ure last offered a full album of new songs and the result is sure to please those who’ve been following the musician since the ‘80s. Fragile, coming in at 10 songs, is a delicate collection of synth-heavy songs that have not been swayed by recent fads in contemporary music; there is no forced reinvention, rather Ure sticks to his own brand New Wave synth music, with a dash of prog.
The former guitarist for Thin Lizzy and Ultravox co-founder has never been able to eclipse his first two solo albums, released in ’85 and ’88, but that has thankfully not discouraged him for recording and touring. In fact, he is currently crossing the country with fellow ‘80s vets like Howard Jones and The Thompsons Twins’ Tom Bailey, and drawing strong reviews from critics and fans.
Much like the just-released Echo & the Bunnymen album and the last OMD record, a number of New Wave survivors are continuing to put out some of their best music in decades.