Ordinary Love Gets No Extraordinary Response From Fans

November 25, 2013 · Print This Article

It’s been a few years since there’s been any new U2 material worth talking about. With the release of the music video for the band’s new single “Ordinary Love,” some fans seem to feel that there still isn’t.

On November 21st, U2 released the first full look at any new material since 2009′s No Line on the Horizon. The music video features the lyrics to the song. It’s a tasteful, simple medium for the song, which was recently featured in the trailer for the upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic about the famous anti-apartheid president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Unfortunately, it just doesn’t have the same catch and quality that fans have come to expect. The hook, while catchy, doesn’t strike most listeners in that magical way that they might expect, and most of the lyrics are predictable, and even juvenile. It’s almost difficult to say, but it’s a little bit of let down amidst all the hype and excitement over the soon-to-be album.

OrdinaryloveIt’s a little disappointing to hear U2 write on such a positive topic and fall short like this. The song feels like it has a lot of potential, but it doesn’t quite flesh out. It’s a lukewarm kind of sensation. Not terrible, but not great either.

Some fans feel uneasy about the upcoming album, said to be coming in April of 2014, given the taste they have already had of U2′s recent music. It’s not the best we could have hoped for, but it may be important to remember that this song isn’t for the album. It is what it is: a sample piece for a movie trailer. If this were a single direct from the upcoming album, that would be something for fans to get scared about, but it’s not. And with U2 still hard at work finishing up their album, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to say they saved most of their heart and soul for the big project at hand.


8 Responses to “Ordinary Love Gets No Extraordinary Response From Fans”

  1. Sr. Poop on November 25th, 2013 10:41 pm

    Sr. Poop thinks you’re wrong

  2. Jacoba1965 on November 26th, 2013 10:38 am

    I don’t agree with the critics on ‘Ordinary Love’. To be honest, the song and in particular the lyrics really stroke me. It’s the sad truth of life these days. To feel ordinary love seems very hard for many of us.
    Also most of my Dutch friends were touched by the song.
    Regards from Holland,

  3. The Disciple on November 26th, 2013 2:10 pm

    This sounds like FOX NEWS reporting. “Some would say…” or “Some people feel…”

    In my humble opinion, a lazyily written article.

  4. KUEFC09U2 on November 26th, 2013 2:37 pm

    Wow thanks for speaking on my behalf, but those definitely aren’t my thoughts.

    Poor article

  5. sholbech22 on November 26th, 2013 2:44 pm

    …i would suggest that the writer is off base, especially with the title of the article. Ordinary Love is being accept by the U2 community and fans, as a good song, All they have to do is go onto other sites u2start, u2.com, etc. to he how much enjoyment that fans are putting forth for the new song and collectors around the world are scrambling for the new 10in release.

    I would also suggest that the writer state their opinion and if they are going to be speak for others that at least use proper referencing and quoting… as stated above by The Disciple- “lazyily written article”

  6. Party Boy on December 1st, 2013 10:45 pm

    I assume reaction is based on a few threads within Interference? A wider analysis of other sites – including Youtube, Facebook etc. – would harbor a different opinion…

  7. Yahweh on December 3rd, 2013 2:15 am

    What fans are you referring to?

    The song has not even been out for 2 weeks – nor is it even available on iTunes yet. I would say it is a bit too early to tell what kind of response from fans it gets.

    From what I have seen on the Interference forums the response has been quite positive. You can’t please everybody.

  8. Montrose on December 6th, 2013 2:03 pm

    Why is this on the main page? It’s more representative of the vocal minority on Interference than the ‘fans’ in general.

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