Magnificent

So as most of you have probably heard, U2’s No Line On the Horizon leaked last week.  There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the album after the first single was received with a lukewarm response. “Get On Your Boots” is one of those ridiculous first singles in the vein of “Vertigo” that the band has felt inclined to release for the last decade or so. In my opinion, these stupid early singles have resulted in a huge misconception of what the band is all about from a younger demographic.

Say what you want about Bono, but U2 is one of the most important bands of the past 30 years. They rocked harder than anyone into the early 90s and I will always have a special place in my heart for them. I’ve become somewhat frustrated with the past few pop heavy releases, and I was worried that No Line On the Horizon was going to be more of the same. I still need to listen to the album a few more times before I decide what I think of it as a whole, but the second track on the album (“Magnificent“) is definitely my favorite song of 2009 so far.

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This song epitomizes why I fell in love with the band. Their Best of 1980-1990 is definitely my favorite greatest hits album by any band and “Magnificent” channels that famous old-school sound in a variety of ways:

  1. Bono is just a piece of the song’s puzzle, instead of coming off as some overwhelming, over-the-top leader. It reminds me of awesome Unforgettable Fire Bono.
  2. Edge rips it up (no big surprise) with one of the best licks he’s conjured up in years. The riff drifts in and out throughout the song with that euphoric sound he’s famously created, until an equally sweet, purring solo toward the end of the song. Nobody can touch The Edge’s sound…especially you, Angels and Airwaves.
  3. Larry is back! He’s drumming the crap out of the song “Sunday Bloody Sunday” style. What a badass.
  4. Adam brings the thumping bass line that makes you want to dance and fist pump all at the same time. Yes, there’s a lot of heavy foot tapping going on as well.

CONCLUSION: I’m going to see this band on the next U.S. tour even if I have to drive several hours in the middle of the week to do so. Who’s coming with?!?

One Response to “Magnificent”

  1. Mommie Says:

    I will always tag along when invited 🙂

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