Midge Ure's second solo album came after the (temporary) disbandment of Ultravox, and like his 1985 debut The Gift
, it's a spotty effort.
The lyrics reflect a man who played a big part in the Band Aid concept early in the 80s, and had been performing in various benefit concerts since. Cries for peace, love and food for the hungry are regular, as in the religious-call-for-help "Dear God" (Dear God, can you hear me crying? A whole world crying, looking for something to say. Give me love for the lonely, give me food for the hungry, give me peace in a restless world
), while the quality of the music varies widely.
"Sister and Brother" is the album's highlight, it featuring vocals from Kate Bush (she was popping up everywhere back then), and - unlike other times when Bush has made a guest appearance - it's hard to imagine anyone else could've done it. She makes an already decent song work that much better.
"Dear God", "Just for You", and "Lied" are also enjoyable, but then there are the duller affairs, especially "Homeland" and "Remembrance Day", that give the album a bit of a lackluster conclusion.
There's a myriad of guest musicians, including Big Country's Mark Brzezicki and Level 42's Mark King, all of whom sound like they're having a good time, but Answers to Nothing
remains essentially a Midge Ure release, and one that, while no classic, has enough positives to make it worthwhile, whether it's solo Ure you prefer, or his era with Ultravox. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor