U2 – No Line On The Horizon – review

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U2 - No Line on the Horizon
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
Artist: U2
Title: No Line on the Horizon
Label: Interscope
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate line:
“No Line On The Horizon,” the new studio album from U2 is the band’s 12th studio album calls on the production talents of long-time collaborators Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite. The album is available in five different packages.

The good:

“No Line On The Horizon” – Not going to be confused with any of their best songs—it’ll still have you listening over and over again.

“Moment of Surrender” – This song should have been called “Magnificent.” This seven-minute track is a showstopper. It’s simply gorgeous and proves that even a simple song can leave a big impression.

“Breathe” – Might not be a great song—however its still one that hooks you in quickly and keeps you intrigued.

The rest:

“Get On Your Boots” – It’s hard to believe this is the first single. It’s one of the album’s weaker tracks and too full of generic rock. U2 at their most average.

“Magnificent” – A slushy song that doesn’t do anything.

Finally:

U2 is one of the few legendary groups the world still waits in anticipation to hear. Which makes “No Line on the Horizon” a let down. It’s hard to listen without expecting your world to be turned upside down. Instead “No Line on the Horizon” would be above average for most bands and merely average for U2. The instrumentation is great and some of the lyrics are good—and yet there are many songs that are far too trite. If only U2 didn’t have to be compared to U2.

U2 Rooftop performance of “Get On Your Boots”

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