U2 – No Line On The Horizon

March 3, 2009

nolineEver since Achtung Baby, U2’s albums have pretty much been mixed bags, a few great tunes alongside some fair ones with some outright duds. Some of this is attributable to U2’s restless and often relentless drive to keep themselves from putting out mere U2 product, this despite having developed one of the most distinctive and influential sounds in rock. That drive is still evident on No Line On The Horizon, but at the same time, they sound relaxed enough to deliver what is their most straight ahead rock album in years. It may not be on the order of Achtung Baby or The Joshua Tree, but it is the most consistently good record since the former, and certainly the most satisfying overall. It’s immediately evident that U2’s on to something with the first two tracks, the title track and “Magnificent,” both of which have the expansive sound U2 is known for, minus the bombast. It also helps that Edge’s guitar work is terrific, as it is throughout the entire album. Fans worried, based on the current single “Get On Your Boots,” that Edge’s guitar would be pushed into the background need not have worried, as it’s one of the true highlights of No Line On The Horizon. Bono is in great voice, too, and the band in general sounds better than they have in some time. Some credit is no doubt due to their frequent collaborators Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who share songwriting credit on a number of the tracks. So No Line On The Horizon is just all around good news for U2 fans, and for rock fans in general. I’m not sure it’s a classic, but it’s filled with classic moments, and it’ll generally serve to remind people why they still care about U2 almost thirty years after the release of their first album. I wouldn’t quite call it a comeback, because they really have been here for years, but it’s nice to finally get the U2 album I’ve been waiting to hear for awhile now. Standout cuts: “No Line On The Horizon,” “Magnificent,” “Get On Your Boots” and “Breathe.”




3 Responses to “U2 – No Line On The Horizon”

  1. Cyndy Aleo-Carreira Says:

    And it’s $3.99 on Amazon MP3 today. 😉

  2. […] Its late night so I might revise this later in the day when I get a chance to fully listen to this album. U2 being one of the biggest band in the world. album. Would have to say the album sounds […]

  3. Travis Says:

    I would also take this as an audio bit – actually, any or all of your reviews are very compatible with our playlist! Adding a few key clips from songs on the albums would make it really cool.

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