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Old 02-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #181
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Another from Australia

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U2 takes a few risks

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February 12, 2009 12:00am


WHEN you're the biggest band in the world, you're entitled to take a few risks.

No Line on the Horizon is U2's experimental album. The songs are long, moody and not exactly radio-friendly.
Which means it's precisely the kind of album U2 needed after 2004's water-treading but stadium-filling How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

Hearing the album in full, the divisive Get On Your Boots was an ideal first single - the kind of song that wouldn't last 10 seconds on commercial radio stations if it weren't the new U2 song.

Despite the musical diversions, the Edge's trademark guitar work injects the U2 DNA throughout.

The fantastic title track has a wall of distorted guitar that recalls a previous envelope-pushing moment, The Fly.

There's a brief flashback to the feel of The Unforgettable Fire on Fez - Being Born and Magnificent sounds like a single (once it has had a radio edit) with that signature Where the Streets Have No Name chugging guitar and drum momentum.

Producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois leave their fingerprints all over the atmospheric Moment of Surrender - cathedral organs and a heavy bass groove spoiled only by Bono mentioning an ATM.

In an age of short attention spans, U2 have put together an old-fashioned album, not just a bunch of singles.

This album is likely to lose the casual U2 fan, but will reconnect with the faithful.

No Line on the Horizon is released on February 27
This is actually a great review - though rather short ....
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Or it could be that 4 is right below 7 on the numeric pad on a keyboard.
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talking about boots as their first thing means that they made the right choice. because in music industry there is something like a common rule these days to heat up the buzz.

first: drop some news to put the band back in mind of the people
second: drop rumours about "the album is leaked" etc
third: release a single which polarize media and fans to get the attention and the focus on the band back
fourth: drop rumours about "the album is leaked" etc
fifth: drop rumours about the video
sixth: drop rumours about the tour
seventh: release the video
eight: release the album
nineth: drop news about the tour
tenth: release second single which should be a classic hit
eleventh: start the ticket presale
twelve: start the tour
thirteen: release the 3rd single...another catchy tune prefered to increase the album sales again.

thats it...i mean..thats the common way for the big acts out there. someone are good in that like U2 or Coldplay and some one are not that good. depends on their record company or PR agency etc. but over all..this is the way to success. because if you look to U2s actual campaign...it´s not that different. with the "crazy" and "magnificent" they deliver radio stuff and anthems. coldplay released "violent hill" which is far away from a catchy radio tune and then they brought us the big anthem "viva la vida"...and in fact...they learned so many things from U2. not just in songrwiting terms.
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Who wants to play Guess That Album Rating? What you do is guess what the following major publications will rate the album. 5 points awarded for each accurate prediction. This is just for fun, so no flaming if you don't agree with the ratings prediction of someone else. (If someone thinks this needs its own thread, please feel free to create one.)

Rollingstone: 3.5 stars/5
Pitchfork: 6.8/10
Q Magazine: 3/5 (If the rumors are true, then I just gave myself 5 points)
Blender: 4 stars
Spin: 3 stars
Entertainment Weekly: A
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Who wants to play Guess That Album Rating? What you do is guess what the following major publications will rate the album. 5 points awarded for each accurate prediction. This is just for fun, so no flaming if you don't agree with the ratings prediction of someone else. (If someone thinks this needs its own thread, please feel free to create one.)

Rollingstone: 3.5 stars/5
Pitchfork: 6.8/10
Q Magazine: 3/5 (If the rumors are true, then I just gave myself 5 points)
Blender: 4 stars
Spin: 3 stars
Entertainment Weekly: A
Rolling Stone would probably shut itself down before giving a U2 album less than a 4. Right or wrong, we know it's true. The thing would have to be complete shit, and I'm seriously doubting we're getting complete shit.
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I bet EW gives it a B, they've been hating on U2 lately.
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Rolling Stone would probably shut itself down before giving a U2 album less than a 4. Right or wrong, we know it's true. The thing would have to be complete shit, and I'm seriously doubting we're getting complete shit.
Agree. They've already given GOYB four stars and since that's the worst song on the album... :-)
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Rollingstone: 4 stars/5
Pitchfork: 7.3/10
Q Magazine: 3/5
Blender: 3 stars
Spin: 3 stars
Entertainment Weekly: B-


I think the album isn't as great as the band thinks it is......judging by the first single and the clips, it lacks a lot of momentum and plenty of the reviews have indicated that it isn't full of the arena rock this band is known for......however, I do think the album will end up with a score in the mid-to-late 70's on Metacritic with some publications giving it a higher score than How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Pitchfork, for example, has been very pro-U2 lately and enjoyed the new song....
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The Pointy Adventures Of Jean-Claude Supremo

100 Words On… U2 - No Line On The Horizon•February 11, 2009 • 1 Comment


It’s flawed, like everything.

The title track, Magnificent, Unknown Caller and Fez - Being Born, while all cracking, wouldn’t be out of place in the Joshua Tree era which you’ll either see as a great look back to glory or a wasted opportunity to try something new.

Moment Of Surrender just wanders, Stand-up Comedy sounds like it belongs as a track 7.

Then there’s White As Snow and Cedars Of Lebanon; both brilliant but I can’t help but wonder what Rick Rubin would have made of them. I think Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois are great producers, but comfort blankets.

Nonetheless, it will be huge.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I should point out that I heard the album this morning in Principle Management’s offices in Dublin, a first for me. They’re almost worth reviewing themselves and look quite like the coolest place on Earth to work.

Myself, the lovely Tony Fenton and Ian Dempsey all heard it sitting around a 40 foot long boardroom table in a room resembling a small church adorned with dozens of U2 gold and platinum discs from down the ages, oh and even a Grammy or two.

Surreal.
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Agree. They've already given GOYB four stars and since that's the worst song on the album... :-)
I'm smelling 4.5 stars from rollingstone then. That's just crazy.
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Rollingstone: 4 stars/5
Pitchfork: 7.3/10
Q Magazine: 3/5
Blender: 3 stars
Spin: 3 stars
Entertainment Weekly: B-


I think the album isn't as great as the band thinks it is......judging by the first single and the clips, it lacks a lot of momentum and plenty of the reviews have indicated that it isn't full of the arena rock this band is known for......however, I do think the album will end up with a score in the mid-to-late 70's on Metacritic with some publications giving it a higher score than How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Pitchfork, for example, has been very pro-U2 lately and enjoyed the new song....
Blender will give it 4. Adrian Deevoy always does.
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The Pointy Adventures Of Jean-Claude Supremo

100 Words On… U2 - No Line On The Horizon•February 11, 2009 • 1 Comment


It’s flawed, like everything.

The title track, Magnificent, Unknown Caller and Fez - Being Born, while all cracking, wouldn’t be out of place in the Joshua Tree era which you’ll either see as a great look back to glory or a wasted opportunity to try something new.

Moment Of Surrender just wanders, Stand-up Comedy sounds like it belongs as a track 7.

Then there’s White As Snow and Cedars Of Lebanon; both brilliant but I can’t help but wonder what Rick Rubin would have made of them. I think Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois are great producers, but comfort blankets.

Nonetheless, it will be huge.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I should point out that I heard the album this morning in Principle Management’s offices in Dublin, a first for me. They’re almost worth reviewing themselves and look quite like the coolest place on Earth to work.

Myself, the lovely Tony Fenton and Ian Dempsey all heard it sitting around a 40 foot long boardroom table in a room resembling a small church adorned with dozens of U2 gold and platinum discs from down the ages, oh and even a Grammy or two.

Surreal.
Its interesting how some people think its experimental and how some people think its a throw back to what they were doing 15-20 years ago. From the 45 sec clips I'm led to believe the album goes musically where Pop went, so more experimental than not.
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Moment Of Surrender just wanders
I remember thinking that about One when I first heard it. What's this? A song without a chorus? Never in a million years would I have pegged that as a single.
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Moment Of Surrender just wanders
As long as it wanders in my mind into different organ corridors and synthesizer landscapes I'm okay with that.
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Based on the 45 seconds we have, MOS can wander anywhere it wants...
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Rollingstone: 3.5 stars/5
Pitchfork: 6.8/10
Q Magazine: 3/5 (If the rumors are true, then I just gave myself 5 points)
Blender: 4 stars
Spin: 3 stars
Entertainment Weekly: A
A game this good deserves its own thread IMO.

The only one I'm going to guess is RS: 4.5 stars
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If Working On a Dream was 5 stars, an album of NLOTH's 45 second clips is roughly 5.2 stars. And I like Working On a Dream.
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Achtung Baby got 4.5 so I'll go with 4 stars.
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