Midge Ure calls Fragile, the former Ultravox leader's first new release in more than a decade, "the type of album I needed a lifetime in music to create." And there was some bumpy terrain leading up to it. Listen to Fragile in full, exclusively on Billboard.com:
"It's a diary of thoughts and emotions and highs and deep lows I've experienced," Ure tells Billboard about Fragile, which officially comes out Aug. 19. "I went through huge swatches of doubting my continued involvement in this rapidly changing music industry, a lot of self-doubt as to whether I could write anymore after walking away from my all too constant writing partner Jack Daniels and the realization that, just maybe, nobody was waiting desperately for new Midge Ure material." But ultimately, he adds, "I realized that if you don't agree with where music is at the moment, where busloads of writers contribute to one song and talent shows are supposed to find us the next John Lennon or Led Zeppelin, then walking away from music isn't going to change anything. (Fragile) might not change anything, but it makes me feel better about trying to redress the balance."