CD review: No Line on the Horizon by U2
If you're a U2 fan, you might read several different reviews of the new album, No Line on the Horizon. But I'll bet none of those other reviews were written in less than an hour.
(The "bam" is the link).
Bono, Edge and crew have put together a pretty adventurous album. It's nowhere near as good as their classic albums from the '80s, but I like it better than the last one, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
I was just surprised they released "Get on Your Boots" as a single. It stinks ...
There are better tracks to release, such as "Magnificent" or the title track.
I read some reviews from papers and blogs in the U.K., and they couldn't stop fawning over No Line on the Horizon. Gimme a break. Yes, listening to this album is refreshing, considering how focused and almost formulaic How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was. But it's not the second coming of the Joshua Tree.
Either way, I think I could really get used to this kind of speed-reviewing. Aside from the pains in my chest (which I chalk up to stress), I think it helped me pick an opinion and go with it. There's a certain ... clarity to it. It's raw. It's unfiltered.
I spoke this morning with a buddy of mine who edits a music magazine, and he said he likes to drive at twice the speed limit while blasting whatever album he's reviewing and yelling his review into a tape recorder. He's my hero.