Thursday, February 19, 2009

U2's No Line on the Horizon

"If this isn't our best album, we're irrelevant," Bono declared when asked about U2's new album, No Line on the Horizon. Well, after listening to the album today I can say U2 is irrelevant. The highlight of the album is Bono's singing as he is in great form and can still belt it out. Too bad the lyrics aren't as good as his voice: "Stop helping God across the road like a little old lady." Real creative. I think "Get On Your Boots" may be the only song from the album we hear on the radio.

Here is a good quote "No Line On The Horizon is an awkward album, difficult in places, but that in itself is admirable: Fez -- Being Born and Unknown Caller, among others, feature the sort of experimental pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm for lazy rock stars with bloated waistlines and bank balances to match." "...which push U2 towards the invisible horizon of the title, at once more linear (they tend to be driven, with singular grooves, often pulsing along on particular sound effect or rhythmic repetitions) and lateral (they defy obvious song-structure, choruses drop rather than soar, Bono's rich, high voice subsumed into stacked harmonic chants)."

Overall, the album is just "ehh", not bad but nothing to get excited about either. Just another money maker for the band. I prefer the classics like "War".

BTW, the beginning of "Fez-Being Born" sounds like it was in a movie or video game but I can't place which one. Any thoughts?


Abdul-Haseeb said...

I don't think this is a money maker. This isn't a radio friendly album, and as much as some people liken Boots to Vertigo, its very different and jarring.

Anonymous said...

I know I've heard the beginning of Fez (or something similar to it) before, but I can't place it either! I keep thinking it sounds like the opening credits of some tv show I used to watch.

Anonymous said...

U2 got disconnected with their fans, and Bono is just singing about himself with poor lyrics. It could be written in couple of days.Biggest flop of U2 in history!