Ultravox legend Midge Ure has heaped praise on One Direction star Harry Styles for taking a “really brave, intersting move” when he launched his solo career with the track ‘Sign Of The Times’.
Harry has been branded the new David Bowie by critics and Midge – who set up Live Aid with Bob Geldof in 1985 – says he’s not ashamed to admit that he’s a big fan of the 23-year-old One Direction star’s new sound and admitted the track is his “guilty pleasure”.
He exclusively told Yahoo Celeb UK: “My guilty pleasure is his new single, I think the single is astonishing and I’ve got not qualms about saying it. You know a lot of people might be embarrassed to say they like the Harry Styles track but I believe he’s been working with some of Snow Patrol so it’s a really brave, interesting move, and the right move for him to make to put up such an interesting non-pop song”
Harry will drop his album on May 12 and went on Saturday Night Live and performed his new single and ballad ‘Ever Since New York’. His voice was criticised on social media but Midge staunchly defended the star, along with Boy George.
“He did it incredibly well on Saturday night live. It was Boy George that commented on it, someone said Harry’s voice isn’t great, and he said that’s because we’re all used to hearing to everything that’s been tweaked, twiddled and retuned,” he added.
The 63-year-old rocker likes music to be honest and is delighted Harry seems to be taking his craft in a ‘new’ direction (there it is).
He added: “I think it’s really good, whether his management is doing it or himself, but I suspect it’s him, he wants to be seen as a proper artist. He probably had those ambitions before he was put together with the rest of the guys in the manufactured band.
“So, he’s just going back to that and good for him. You know there’s a wealth of great writers out there that he should be inspired, you know people who spent a long time crafting, unique, individual, pieces of music and that’s obviously what he’s into and good on him.”