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Vienna (1980)

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New Romantic, Synthpop, New Wave

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Vienna is the fourth studio album by the synthpop band Ultravox, first released on 11 July 1980. The album peaked at #3 in the UK charts and was the first Ultravox release to enter the UK top ten. It was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom in July 1981 for 300,000 copies sold. The album reached #22 in Germany, and #164 in the United States.
This album was the first for Ultravox with the new (today called "the classic") lineup: Midge Ure had taken the reins of the band as bandleader, vocalist and guitarist after the departure of John Foxx, and it was also the first release under Chrysalis Records. Additionally, it was also the first massive commercial success for the band. Ultravox effectively changed pace, style and audience with the arrival of Ure, who had already participated in early New Romantic ventures with Visage and actually steered the ensemble in that direction for the years to come.
Many different styles are in use on the album; "Astradyne" is a long instrumental featuring sweeping, majestic synthesizer arrangements throughout, while "Mr. X" is a simpler, much sparser affair. The lyrics to the album's songs were mainly written between Ure and drummer Warren Cann,

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3:50 Passing Strangers
4:54 Vienna
4:22 All Stood Still
7:07 Astradyne
6:31 Mr. X
4:07 Private Lives
4:04 New Europeans
5:21 Western Promise
3:12 Sleepwalk
3:51 Passing Strangers
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