Ultravox's second Midge Ure release tones down the screeching and crying synthesizers a tad, creating a more atmospheric state, but - although that's quite welcome - the album still comes out as somewhat uneven.
The haunting opener "The Voice" is certainly the best track here, and remains one of my all time favourite songs by the band. And while nothing else matches it, there are decent moments, with the likes of "We Stand Alone", "I Remember (Death in the Afternoon)", and "The Thin Wall".
The title song is a dreary failure however, which is particularly unfortunate, as it's one of the few songs to not follow the rather repetitive sound of the steady synth-based rhythms that are found in most of the other songs. The other main one take a pass on that formula is the concluding "Your Name (Has Slipped My Mind Again)", and that works somewhat better.
Overall, Rage in Eden
is rather typical of Ure-era Ultravox ... strong synths, melodramatic vocals, mid-paced rhythms, one knockout song, some fine ones, and a couple of forgettable moments. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor