Published Jun 23, 2014Over the past four decades, Midge Ure has bounced back and forth between his solo career and projects like Ultravox, Thin Lizzy and Band Aid. Following Ultravox's 2012 album Brilliant, he's now going it alone again, and on August 18 will release Fragile through eOne Music.
The album was mostly recorded in Ure's own studio in Bath, UK. The songwriting handled nearly all of the production, engineering and performance himself, making this a "solo album" in the truest sense of the term.
Its 10 songs are said to draw influences from throughout Ure's career, ranging from proggy rock to synth-based electronic material. "Dark, Dark Night" is a collaboration with Moby.
"Fragile is quite possibly the most intimate and honest album I have ever released," Ure said in a statement. "Its the kind of work you can only do after a lifetime making music."
At the bottom of this page, watch a very DIY-looking video for the peppy synth-pop cut "Become."
Ure will be coming to North America in August and September for his "Retro Futura Tour," which will touch down in Toronto on August 26. Interestingly, this tour will focus on past favourites rather than new material, but Ure will later take Fragile on an acoustic tour, the details of which have yet to be announced.
1. I Survived
2. Are We Connected
3. Let It Rise
5. Star Crossed
6. Wire and Wood
7. Dark, Dark Night
8. For All You Know
08/21 New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
08/22 Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre
08/23 Brookhaven, NY - Pennysaver Amphitheater
08/24 Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
08/26 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
08/27 Chicago, IL - Ravinia Festival
08/29 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
08/30 Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
09/03 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
09/04 San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
09/05 Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay
09/06 Sandy, UT - Sandy Amphitheatre