Systems of Romance
was Ultravox's third album, and the last with John Foxx (as well as being the first to dispense with the exclamation mark in the band's name), and sees them with a more synthesized sound than previously, looking towards what was to come with Midge Ure, along with other acts in the same genre.
All that should make this my favourite Foxx-era release, and yet that's not so. It's certainly a consistent record, with no dud songs to speak of, and yet there isn't much that really jumps out at me either. What's more, the synths screech and cry in a way that - whilst certainly effective - are a bit overwhelming sometimes. This is a loud record.
Highlights include "Someone Else's Clothes", "Maximum Acceleration", and "When You Walk Through Me", and the album's certainly a decent listen overall. Indeed, it's a shame early Ultravox never achieved the fame they deserved during their existence. But there's something about Systems of Romance
that keeps it just short of the quality that Ultravox!
and Ha! Ha! Ha!
John Foxx went on to a solo career after this, something I've never looked into. I do like Ure-era Ultravox though. It's on its way. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor