VK 41649 Answers To Nothing
Produced by Midge Ure; Co-produced by Rik Walton
Released on September 1988
UK CHART POSITION #30 . . . US CHART POSITION #88
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K ronomyth 2.0: I AM URE CONSCIENCE. Following the breakup of Ultravox, Midge Ure surprised no one by releasing a second solo album, Answers To Nothing. This one featured a duet with Kate Bush (“Sister And Brother”) and lots of DIY electronic songs that used polyrhythms and sang of global peace and love (“Dear God,” “Hell To Heaven,” “Remembrance Day”). If it sounds familiar, So? Midge Ure had already shown his interest in social change with “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (a song I would just as soon forget), and had as much right to the topic as anyone I suppose. My problem with Answers To Nothing is that the real answers to the world’s problems aren’t found in pristine studio albums. At the end of the day, you’re either selling albums or saving the world, and it’s a line you can’t cross without looking like a preachy profiteer. Ure, however, deserves credit for making a good album mostly on his own, with support from Mark Brzezicki, Robbie Kilgore (who had appeared on Steve Winwood’s earlier and no-doubt-influential Back In The High Life), Mick Karn and others. Fans of latter-day Ultravox will appreciate Answer’s melodies, energy and, of course, that voice. Like Peter Gabriel and Steve Winwood, Midge Ure was on a path to produce immaculate-sounding albums every few years that leaned perhaps too heavily on electronics and multitracking but were otherwise professional and popular affairs. Now in his mid 30s, Ure was already an elder statesmen of the new wave generation, and so seemed to choose his albums with the care befitting his status. You won’t find the answer to life on Answers To Nothing, but you will find the same intelligence and passion that have followed Ure throughout his career minus the cold veil of Vienna, Visage et al.

TRACK LISTING

  1. ANSWERS TO NOTHING    4:29
  2. TAKE ME HOME    3:04
  3. SISTER AND BROTHER    5:51
  4. DEAR GOD    4:59
  5. THE LEAVING (SO LONG)    4:14
  6. JUST FOR YOU    4:36
  7. HELL TO HEAVEN    4:03
  8. LIED    4:49
  9. HOMELAND    4:39
  10. REMEMBRANCE DAY    (Midge Ure/Danny Mitchell)    4:27

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. HONORARE
  12. OBOE
  13. MUSIC #1
  14. SISTER AND BROTHER (SINGLE EDIT)

    All songs written by Midge Ure unless noted

CREDITS

MIDGE URE -- vocals, guitars, keyboards
MARK BRZEZICKI -- drums
ROBBIE KILGORE -- additional keyboards
Craig Armstrong -- piano (3)
Steve Brzezicki -- bass guitar
Kate Bush -- duet vocals (3)
Robin and Ali Campbell -- guest backing vocals (3)
Carol Douet -- guest backing vocals (3)
Yona Dunsford -- guest backing vocals (3)
Mick Karn -- bass guitar (10)
Mark King -- bass guitar
Rik Walton -- engineer, mixing (8)
Del Palmer -- engineer for Kate Bush vocals
Bob Clearmountain -- mixing
John Hudson -- mixing (3)
Robin Barton -- photography
Georges Mathieu -- "Answers"
Peter Saville -- art direction
Peter Saville Associates -- design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK September 1988 Chrysalis LP/CS CHR/ZCHR 1649 lyric sleeve
US September 1988 Chrysalis LP/CD/CS FV/VK/FVT 41649 lyric sleeve
AUS'L 1988 Chrysalis LP/CD L/D38906  
BRA 1988 Chrysalis LP 177138  
CAN 1988 Chrysalis LP/CD/CS CHS/VKX/CHSC 41649  
GER 1988 Chrysalis LP/CD/CS 209/259/409 303  
JPN 1988 Chrysalis CD CP32-5687  
UK June 13, 2000 EMI CDX 96824 w. bonus tracks

 

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