Trying to re-attach us with U2’s music, the new album “No line On The Horizon” was finally released.

The album was released on 27 February 2009 and was expected to be a new, heavy stake on the music market, rather than a venture.

But according to Times Online, record-buyers gave a conservative welcome with only 65,000 copies sold in the UK on its release day.

Considering to the huge marketing campaign it had, it was far from the ideal comeback.

Four years after their last album was released, the 29-year-old band promised to inaugurate a whole new era for their music world.

"If this isn't our best album, then we're irrelevant", declared Bono about the new album's release.

However, although their fans were relieved to hear that the album retained the 'U2 sound' we know and love, it still fell a little short.

The album

Bono's vocals on the outstanding songs "Magnificent" and "Moment of Surrender" bring back their familiar sound, especially when it comes to pure love songs, and it's obviously an intent attempt to recall inspiring moments.

For the rest of the album, the band has fallen into the trap of either imitating their own songs or producing a compilation of different styles, which simply turned out to be a failure.

The album opens with the song "No Line On The Horizon" and although it was supposed to give something new and launch us into a fresh sonic angle, the band is struggling to prove the self-evident: that they are U2.

Unfortunately, the title "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight” leaves not much more to be revealed and it forces our imagination to ship back to shore.

"The DNA lottery may have left you smart... Stop helping God across the road like a little old lady", lyrics from the song "Stand-up Comedy" are two of the most distasteful lyrics found in this album and it roughly comes as a surprise as this isn't the quality of writing that they would normally opt for in their songs.

The misstep

The signs of the artistic dryness seem to be the tip of the iceberg, when "Cedars of Lebanon" make their appearance.

The song closes the 54-minute album and it is obvious that it was intentionally designed this way to draw attention.

However, it is not always easy to be diplomatic through arts, but after the striking "Sunday Bloody Sunday"(1983), the lyrics "Child drinking dirty water from the river bank/ Soldier brings oranges he got out from a tank" seem to fly far away from the target.

Edge declared "I think it could be a bringing to bear of all those eureka moments from the past. And I think it could be our best album," but unfortunately "No Line On The Horizon" needed much more to be claim the honour of being titled as U2's best album.


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Review: U2's No Line On The Horizon

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