Brilliant (album)

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Brilliant
Studio album by Ultravox
Released 25 May 2012 (2012-05-25)
Recorded January–December 2011;
Battery Studios, Sarm Studios (London, England)
Environment Studio (Bath, England)
The Lakehouse (Montreal, Canada)
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 52:48
Label Chrysalis
Producer Ultravox, Stephen Lipson
Ultravox chronology
Return to Eden: Live at the Roundhouse
(2010)
Brilliant
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Bolton News favourable[2]
Consequence of Sound 2/5 stars[3]
Metro mixed[4]
musicOMH 2.5/5 stars[5]
Release Magazine 8/10 stars[6]
The Scotsman 2/5 stars[7]
Spin 4/10[8]
The West Australian 3/5 stars[9]

Brilliant, stylised as Brill!ant is the eleventh studio album by the British synthpop band Ultravox, released on 25 May 2012 by Chrysalis Records. It is the first new album in 28 years by the classic Ultravox line-up of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Warren Cann and Chris Cross, the last one being 1984's Lament. The title track of the album was announced as the lead single,[10] which premiered on 17 April 2012 on BBC Radio 2.[11]

Brilliant debuted at number twenty-one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 6,100 copies in its first week,[12] but received mixed reviews from critics.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Midge Ure, Billy Currie and Chris Cross

No. Title Length
1. "Live"   4:11
2. "Flow"   4:24
3. "Brilliant"   4:22
4. "Change"   4:30
5. "Rise"   4:04
6. "Remembering"   3:43
7. "Hello"   5:40
8. "One"   4:43
9. "Fall"   4:07
10. "Lie"   4:35
11. "Satellite"   3:58
12. "Contact"   4:31

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Brilliant album liner notes.[13]

Ultravox
Additional

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 59
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 182
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[16] 185
Czech Albums Chart[17] 42
German Albums Chart[18] 27
Italian Albums Chart[19] 84
Polish Albums Chart[20] 28
Scottish Albums Chart[21] 13
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 36
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 67
UK Albums Chart[24] 21

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
Australia[25] 25 May 2012 EMI
Germany[26] Eden Recordings
United Kingdom[27] 28 May 2012 Chrysalis Records
Poland[28] EMI
France[29] 29 May 2012
Italy[30]
Sweden[31] 30 May 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Brilliant – Ultravox". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Martin (3 June 2012). "CD Review: Ultravox – Brilliant". The Bolton News. Newsquest. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Ferguson, Jason (31 May 2012). "Album Review: Ultravox – Brilliant". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Haider, Arwa (28 May 2012). "Ultravox's latest offering fails to live up to Brilliant tag". Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Young, Martyn. "Ultravox – Brilliant". musicOMH. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Svensson, Fredrik "Schlatta" (28 May 2012). "Ultravox: Brilliant". Release Magazine. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Shepherd, Fiona; Walton, Ken; Mathieson, Kenny; Gilchrist, Jim; Church, Michael (28 May 2012). "Album reviews: Ultravox | Scissor Sisters | Classical | Jazz | Folk | World". The Scotsman. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (6 June 2012). "Ultravox, 'Brilliant' (Captiol/EMI)". Spin. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  9. ^ Dwyer, Michael (25 May 2012). "CD Review: Brilliant (Ultravox)". The West Australian. Seven News. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  10. ^ thebizzniz.com
  11. ^ Slicingupeyeballs.com Ultravox first new track in 28 years
  12. ^ Jones, Alan (3 June 2012). "Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow LP sells 40k". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Brilliant (CD liner notes). Ultravox. Chrysalis Records. 2012. 6239752. 
  14. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant" (in German). IFPI Austria. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "TOP50 Prodejní – Ultravox – Brilliant" (in Czech). IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ultravox, Brilliant" (in German). Media Control. charts.de. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Artisti – Classifica settimanale dal 28/05/2012 al 03/06/2012" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  20. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży". OLiS. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  21. ^ "2012 Top 40 Scottish Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant". Swedish Recording Industry Association. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  24. ^ "2012 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  25. ^ "Brilliant – Ultravox". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "ULTRAVOX // Brilliant" (in German). EMI Music Germany. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "Ultravox: Brilliant". HMV. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Brilliant – Ultravox" (in Polish). Empik. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Brilliant : Ultravox" (in French). Fnac. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  30. ^ "Ultravox – Brilliant" (in Italian). Internet Bookshop Italia. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  31. ^ "Brilliant – Ultravox" (in Swedish). CDON.se. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 

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