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U2’s No Line On The Horizon

In Album review, Jonathan Ross on March 9, 2009 at 15:07

In a nutshell, this album defintely grows on you. Perhaps, as one reviewer put it before, it is because you are becoming more and more familiar with the songs. Whatever the reason, the album sounds better to me now than it did 10 days ago when i first heard it.

As I am not a big U2 fan, I downloaded it in preparation to seeing the band play live on the Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show, which I attended the week they were on it.

As the band took the stage in the studio, Bono was strangely absent. The crowd gave “the three” a resounding roar of approval and a huge round of applause. Everyone was obviously very excited to see the biggest band in the world. I have to admit, I was excited too. It was a unique experience to see the band play in such a confined space. They were only about 10 yards away form us – much better than watching them at Croke Park from the halfway line.

Anyway, a moment or two after “the other three” took to the stage, Bono decided to make his grand entrance. Get over yourself, little man. Obviously, he got a great reception but by rights he should have emerged with his badnmates. “The other” seemed unperturbed – I reckon they are immune to Bono’s behavious at this stage.

U2 played live which is to be commended. At the end of the first song they played, Breathe, while the chords were still being strummed by The Edge, Bono announced: “We’ll be doing that one again. We’re only getting warmed up.”

So they played the song again, and Bono walked up into the crowd, which is a very unusual occurrence on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.

In fairness, Breathe isn’t a bad song at all. Though I have the feeling, as with the majority of this album, that the tracks are better suited to a stadium or arena than a small studio at the BBC. 

Anyway, straight after Breathe’s second take, they belted out Get On Your Boots, a decent song and will probably be released as a single.

It was a good performance by the band and Jonny Woss was visibly excited by having them on his show.

As I mentioned above the album sinks into you as you become more familiar with the tracks.

The title track, No Lines On The Horizon has a great melody. The more you hear this one, the more you like it.

Magnificent reminded me of Numb, and then switched to sound more like something off the Joshua Tree album.

The next two tracks from the album are very forgettable, Moment Of Surrender and Unknown Caller. It’s fairly safe to say they won’t be singles.

However, the album picks up again with I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight. This one can be imagined quite easily being played to a packed out stadium and would have the crowd going nuts. A strong contender to be released as a single.

Stand Up Comedy has a terrific riff. It teases you – I was hoping the riff would expand and continue for longer than it does and somehow break into a superb bit of plucking from someone like The Eagles or The Who. It very much reminded me of something from the recent masters of catchy riffs, Ocean Colour Scene.

The album slips into a void for the next two songs, Fez – Being Born, and White As Snow. Forgettable album fillers.

Breathe has a strange position on this album, being the second last one. But it is a good solid rock track that genuine U2 fans will appreciate.

As is typical of albums of this nature, the closing track, Cedars Of Lebanon, is a slow and emotional song.

This album is a far cry from their early stuff, it is more in line with their more recent releases. One view I have read lately suggested that U2 are not reeling in new fans with their current material. I disagree with that. I think people are discovering U2 all the time, especially the younger generation. They will appreciate this album for what it is – a solid release from one of the most successful bands of all time.

This album is not really suitable for an ipod or even your stereo at home. I think it was written with a stadium in mind….no doubt that their next tour will be huge and the tracks played from this album will give the fans what they are looking for…

 

And a final thought….Does Bono remind anyone else of Tom Jones? I see this little dude in big boots and mad shades….but when he dances around it reminds me of an old uncle at a wedding who hasn’t moved his hips since Woodstock. And Bono’s voice is morphing more into the Welsh crooner’s wavelength every time I hear him…..

Bono – please sit down.

No Line On The Horizon

In Jonathan Ross on February 23, 2009 at 15:44

[For a proper review of U2’s new album, please go here https://ohsitdown.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/u2s-no-line-on-the-horizon/.]

 

 

U2‘s new album is “only” at number 12, or something. Honestly, I couldn’t give a shiny one. I’m no big U2 fan, though i did attend one of their Croke Park gigs a couple of years ago thanks to a free ticket. Moreover, I certainly don’t get into a tizzy at the band’s releases. I’m really not bothered.

However, it appears that i’m gonna be at another performance of the band this week, courtesy of Jonathan Ross, of all people.

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Mrs Ohsitdown successfully secured a quad of tickets for this week’s recording of the Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show at the BBC studios in London. Thankfully the Ohsitdown’s family schedule has been altered to allow for a hastily arranged break to Lahndan. U2 are the musical act lined up for this week’s JR show.

I haven’t heard anything from the new U2 album though I have a feeling I will be sorely tempted to download the latest offering from the twatters before I head to Dublin Airport on Thursday. Something for my ipod to get worked up about during the flight.

My personal opinion is that U2 are one of the most over-hyped bands on Earth. I dont undersand what all the fuss is about. Admittedly they do have some good songs. Maybe it’s just the band members i dont like, or maybe it’s just Bono. I don’t care anymore.

It is said that everyone in Ireland has “a Bono story”– a tale of when they bumped into the Bonoi Lama himself. I dont have any such stories. I dont like the little man with the big boots and the even bigger attitude. Is he affected by the recession? Bloody sure he’s not. Does he shop around for cheaper car insurance? Bloody sure he doesn’t. He pays full whack.

Anyway, on with the show. Thursday should be great craic. Also on the JR show is Sir David Attenborough, some British actress with a Blunt surname, and Clive Owen. Mrs Ohsitdown is particularly pleased with the last-named. In fact, I would be willing to bet that she would prefer that I wasnt there at all….I’d only embarrass her in front of him.

THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT

In Album review on February 19, 2009 at 16:24

My ipod has been thanking me continuously recently. It is fairly new and i’m in the arduous process of filling it with aural gems. That, by the way, is a more time-consuming task than filing away all those stacks of bills and statements  I have gathering dust at home in my castle. Stacks of cds take ages to rip, convert and sync you know…..but that’s another day’s blog.

Anyway, I keep getting thank yous from my pod, largely because i’ve been listening virtually non-stop to The Airborne Toxic Event‘s self-titled album. In a word, it is class.

Fair enough, it may not feature on too many definitive Top 100 Albums Of All Time lists, but it’s a terrific prescription of uptempo, melodic tunes straight out of The Brilliant Trees and Whipping Boy‘s song-writing classes.

The five-piece hail from Los Angeles and got their name from a section of Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise. They are signed to Majordome Records, who also have The Von Bondies on their books.

Anyway, back to the music.

As well as sounding very much like the late 1990s Irish bands mentioned above, the band have a real Razorlight feel. All-in-all, The Airborne Toxic Event know how to blast out a roaring track with tremendous melodies.

Possibly the star attraction on the album is Sometime Around Midnight, which recalls a guy’s drunken night out in a bar and a piece of eye-candy he obviously yearns. The lyrics are very clever and the song builds and builds and builds with a powerful drum and bass combo.

 

The opening number, Wishing Well, offers a fast punchy beat – perfect opener. Papillon, which strangely has nothing to do with the Ted Walsh-trained horse who won the 2000 Aintree Grand National, has a very Nick Cave-sounding vocalist and has a very catchy melody. Gasoline hits you as being a very happy song — it’s very catchy and has a super riff.

The track Does This Mean Your Moving On? has a distinct Shed Seven aroma – it’s an uptempo song with some catchy lyrics.

Regretably, there are also two or three  fairly forgettable album fillers on there that only die hard fans will be screaming for them to play at their gigs.

Nevertheless, the album overall is a winner. Their style, their lyrics, and the lead singer (who somebody said reminded him of Glen Hansard) should appeal massively to Irish audiences.

Get downloading my friends. Winner alright.