No Line On The Horizon

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I suspect, like many folks in my generation, I can make an association between defining moments in my life and which U2 album was out at the time.  Whilst not the “coolest” band to name drop into conversation, they are undoubtedly the single band whom I have listened to most consistently throughout the years. For this reason I guess, like many of the record buying populous, I plan to purchase “No Line On The Horizon”, U2’s twelfth studio album upon its release date tomorrow. 

Whilst U2 are largely recognised as a fairly mainstream rock band, they have not always been so.  As a child I religiously watched Top Of The Pops hungry for new sounds and sights.  I distinctly remember the first time I heard U2.  It was August 1981 and their first appearance on the show.  They were promoting the single “Fire” and Bono has been quoted as saying, “We must have been the only band to have appeared on Top Of  The Pops whose single actually went down the following week!”

For posterity the appearance is captured below:

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2 Responses to “No Line On The Horizon”


  1. 1 Craig March 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Well bought NLOTH yesterday and have given it a few listens now and with the exception of “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (which sounds like a lyric you can only find on a Bonjovi record!) I think it’s their best album since Zooropa. The first 4 tracks are the best songs they’ve written in years, Get on your boots has really grown on me but I think it sounds a bit out of place on the album.

    So what do you think?

  2. 2 thestatethatiamin March 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I got the album on Monday.

    I must admit I’ve not been that taken with “Get On Your Boots” – the lyrical imagery sounds like ageing rock stars with libido issues…

    It’s always a weird thing hearing a new U2 album for the first time. There is so much to live up to.

    The first listen of the album made me think it sounded slightly contrived – almost like they’d lifted bits of Edge’s guitar chimes from other records and sampled them and placed them here along with “Baby, Baby, Baby” from Ultraviolet.

    The album has really grown on me the more I’ve listened to it. I’ve not tired of it and really reckon it’s a great record in the main.

    Weakest link? I tend to agree, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight”. I think the title sounds like it could have been written by a cover band called Bono Jovi…


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