Album Review | SYNTH-POP

Midge Ure, ‘Fragile’

A true unsung hero, Midge Ure played in the well-respected but oft-overlooked groups Ultravox and Thin Lizzy, and formed Band Aid with Bob Geldof, cowriting the benefit single “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” On his first new solo album of original material in more than a decade, Ure sticks to an ’80s synth-pop format, but delves deeper into his arch, cerebral side. Many songs are slow meditations, with whispery, monk-like vocals exploring spiritual themes. Some are inspiring, such as “Are We Connected” and the poppier “Become,” but others are mired in self-doubt, notably “Dark Dark Night,” a collaboration with Moby. The result is a challenging record that likely won’t dent the mainstream, but should pique the interest of ambient-synth fans who may appreciate Ure’s electric-guitar sustains. A couple of songs even veer into Pink Floyd prog-rock terrain, in particular the title track, which could fit snugly onto Floyd’s “The Wall.” (Out Tuesday)


Essential “Fragile”

Midge Ure performs as part of the Retro Futura tour at the Wilbur Theatre Aug. 24.