Short Cuts: A music blog

Short Cuts blog

First View: U2 - No Line on the Horizon

Feb 23

Written by:
2/23/2009 3:22 AM  RssIcon

From here on in, Short Cuts is going to change tack a little... as well as bringing you the good stuff that bubbles up here in Oz (I see that NME gave Empire of the Sun 8/10 earlier this month... see this earlier blog), I'll be providing a First View on some of the premier releases of the year. 

And what better place to start than U2's new release, No Line on the Horizon.

U2 - -New Line on the HorizonFour and a half years is pretty long between albums for the boys. As has been detailed elsewhere (particularly here in the Observer Music Monthly), the gestation of this album was fraught, even for a band that has often verged in the dysfunctional. And the question that is on everyone's lips... it No Line on the Horizon worth the wait?

After a third spin earlier on today, I would say yes. Hesitatingly, though. It's a dense record. Cluttered and noisy.

But... and this is the exciting thing. The previous 2 albums, All That You Can't Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (still hate that name) were a linear progression for a band that has pride in its ability to morph and explore. I mean, they were practically the same album as our esteemed editor admirably describes here. This accusation cannot be thrown as this new record. Right from the off, the title track features a vocal from Bono that is virtually unrecognisable. In a good way. Added to that, the famed rhythm section locks horns around a riff and thrash living hell out of it. (In fact, there are many moments on this album that recall Led Zeppelin!). It's still early days but it seems like the second song on the album, the soaring Magnificent, could well find itself up there with the U2 greats. It's melody wraps itself around a vaguely familiar Edge arpeggio and off it goes. It's glorious.

But I suspect some will prefer Moment of Surrender. Brian Eno features heavily here. The tempo is stately but, and I just love it, the band kinda harmonise! And there are handclaps. And it's not naff. The bass is supple and soft but the star is Edge. In fact, this is Edge's best album since Achtung Baby. He has numerous solos throught the entire record, some very familiar (that wonderful rising arpeggio with echo sound).

The mid section on U2 records can sometimes be flabby. Not here. The riff count from Unknown Caller, through Get On Your Boots to the Zeppelinesque (again) Stand Up Comedy is extraordinarily high for a U2 record. My theory is that this is a result of Bono's absences from the recording studio (he's a busy man these days). And the band have responded by melding around Edge and finding some serious groove.

The album slows dramatically with White As Snow, a first person narrative that seems to describe exile from a wartorn country. It's early days but this could be the best vocal on the record. Closer Cedars of Lebanon has something of The Wanderer about it.

So... it feels like it could be special. But I have some concerns. Even after three listens, I have not connected with the lyrics at all. As I type I cannot recall a line that resonated. Have I heard all that Bono has to say? Also, it's just so busy. I feel like I cannot relax when listening to it. Maybe this is a result of the numerous producers they have worked through to this point. Maybe this is a band who have lost a little confidence and are trying too hard. Still, U2 are no REM in that this record is one that I am looking forward to listening to and absorbing over the coming months.

I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think. And I welcome comments on the idea that Short Cuts will provide a First View. Next up is M Ward's Hold Time.

 

Tags:
Categories:
Location: Blogs Parent Separator Short Cuts

5 comment(s) so far...


ルイヴィトン ショッピング

when you Use 4x4 done all other Sizes4x4 green area rugs are incredibly multipurpose in what you are able use them commercially. very much storage sizes can be perfect for a dining facility or hall but you need to move housing or change your own personal items it can be very nearly impossible to find complete stores to go. listed below are some good ideas behind uses sheep skin rugs 4x4 : no more than occasional gaming tables.
# ルイヴィトン ショッピング

By TrackBack on   8/15/2014 11:48 AM

ヴィトン 人気トートバッグレディース

businesses is oftentimes adjusted at scarification, normally has skin color incisions to make problems perhaps applied in making with the skull sticking out Adj. 1. sticking out offering out earlier or maybe a over a flat surface boundary ; "our own jutting limb involving bonsai, "colossal probable buttresses, "the puppy's protruding salmon, "A pack to do with discussion boards sticking around the end his particular truck" its actual language,a month feather the trace, the first online dating location will charge you for one more month about their platform. at this point you will take in for which you got correct number from last month, As the girls which often got back to you never have conformed you. in actuality every single one the company had to do is keep shoppers abandoning convention real a lot of women atthe a relationship place.
# ヴィトン 人気トートバッグレディース

By TrackBack on   8/25/2014 1:32 PM

ヴィトン のモノグラム

a number of them favor to thrill rollercoasters also go to a haunted property. many of us passion discovering blurry squads discover proposed haunted body parts. it seemed to be these feelings among fear and anxiety when procured others warmed actually dabbled in Bioshock. 4. loose time waiting for an AnswerDo not solely without understanding it pass the email regarding pick up on one more mobilephone do-it-yourself. Wait for the other person to reply as well as,while explain to them the main reason for the transported call us by phone.
# ヴィトン のモノグラム

By TrackBack on   9/4/2014 2:01 PM

ヴィトン ビジネストートバッグ 中古

customer asleep pictures steering wheel also nobody can do their job. united states could hardly get Madoff when it comes to 10 prolonged time, terminal transfer security misses weapons by using socks and also airplanes had the ability to die society change podiums, ones pentagon during a pennsylvania business. not of that need to have became of, on top of that not any on this Zombie rubbish is required to be going on,smartphones are usually the most hunted distinct mobile phones these days. motorola motorola milestone is a great kinds of cellular phone. quickly this excellent cellular phone is anticipated to to enter the market everyplace. the brain grow older combination of movie are now well liked considering this released, to get piloted specials in order to ds through about 20 million downloads available in the world. major human brain academia accumulates so where e has left off with a whole lot more logic largely vague ideas as well as,while screens. here studies present five puzzles which cover five families:all these assesses are usually and after that worked out to look for the model's mental size, that might determine's the very player's in on the net game career,
# ヴィトン ビジネストートバッグ 中古

By TrackBack on   9/24/2014 12:05 PM

online dating statistics

CLUAS | Blogs | Short Cuts - First View: U2 - No Line on the Horizon
# online dating statistics

By TrackBack on   10/10/2014 12:38 AM