Registered: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 19:00:00
seems like mixed reviews on their social network pages, which is about right.
some are very slowed down in tempo, others are spot on..
all of them are on youtube.
vienna is great:
8 of the songs are from ultravox ----------------------------------- hymn - very slow tempo, ok dancing with tears in my eyes - very minimal, slow tempo man of two worlds - excellent version, with the duo, just about the right tempo vienna - excellent version, just right, although it has non orchestral sounds the voice - well done, good approximation of the sounds, excellent vocals, very intense death in the afternoon - slowed down tempo, very dramatic, picks up at chorus, good lament - excellent all around, great sound and slightly slowed down tempo, some non orchestral sounds reap the wild wind - excellent sound and tempo
so, after what appears to be a very slow start from the first few tracks i wasn't to excited about the prospects of it.
then several good songs came up, with very good versions.
overall, as far as it goes, if you're in the mood for some alternate versions, you will like it. midge's voice is great, and he can still some of the notes like in the past. and its good to finally hear some lesser played songs (at least to me), from their past.
i enjoyed it, but its not for everyone, if you liked the originals only, stick with those.
Registered: Sun, 23 May 2004 19:00:00
Loc: a different planet
Some are better than other is what it boils down to.
Some are not as bad as the Visage orchestral album but a few do get close to James Last territory.
However my only real beef with the album is the mastering which is, once again, overly loud - especially on Hymn & DWTIME. It's even been mastered by a company called Loud Mastering which ain't a good sign.
Hopefully the vinyl release will be more gentle on the ears.
Registered: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 20:00:00
To be honest, I would have expected better feedback here. In my opinion the only thing which really lacks on all tracks is the addition of Billy Currie - especially when it comes to Vienna. This is the one track where I do not understand why the string solo had to be played with an electric guitar? It sounds so off context to me.
As for the rest, I adore the tracks, they are very well done and for sure, some benefit from slowed-down tempo and the associated orchestration.
What really deserves a negative mention is how preorders had been handled. I wanted to support the artists by buying the CD and preordering, however it started with the fact that download preorders had early access to the singles, while we did not not receive anything. Then the CD was sent out on the night before the release which - of course - was way too late for overseas delivery. Given that the website said "delivery on release date" and the reply I got was "we were told not to ship early because of possible leaks" was pretty weird. And the fact that each and every single was officially uploaded to YouTube after the album release sadly gives the wrong sign to paying audiences ...strange decision.
Registered: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 19:00:00
My wife has had it on repeat in her car since getting the preorder. I've not been fussed to hear it yet, to be honest. Probably a reaction to seeing his Band Electronica thing rip off ultravox last month...