Album Review: U2 No Line On The Horizon
With their first album in five years, U2 are back to reclaim their mantle of the 'greatest rock band in the world' from the likes of Coldplay and Kings of Leon, and their latest offering, 'No Line On The Horizon', delivers the goods.
Saving the universe has kept him busy these last few years, but Bono has still got it when he gets behind a mic - his work on 'No Line' is as strong as ever.
Edge's guitar work is equally dazzling, with that unmistakable airy, delay-heavy rhythm style holding the songs together brilliantly. This is particularly true on the aptly-named 'Magnificent', which is dripping with that signature U2 guitar sound - it could be no one else.
After traversing a variety of styles and flirting with electronica over the years, U2 have returned to their analogue roots in the past decade and this trend continues here.
The album is solid from start to finish, with standout tracks like the riff-heavy 'Stand Up Comedy', the anthemic 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy', replete with Bono's trademark falsetto, and the rolling fuzz of 'Get On Your Boots' among the best.
Many have argued that U2's best days are behind them, that the seminal genius of classic albums like 'The Joshua Tree' and 'Achtung Baby' was a high-water mark that will never be matched.
This may very well be true, but the fact remains that now into their fourth decade as a unit, U2 continue to release music that is interesting, fresh and dynamic. And even more impressively, they manage to remain true to their unique sound while embracing current musical aesthetics and moving with the times not bad for a bunch of 40-somthing blokes.