Due to the album being leaked and spreading like wildfire on the internet, U2 is streaming their new album on MySpace. I checked it out today and here’s my initial overview of each song. The album is rocking and brilliant and I really love it. I heard some reviewers saying it was the best album since Achtung Baby and having listened to it I feel the same.
Magnificent: the canvas is the same desert at Joshua Tree, just older and wiser. It truly is.
Moment of Surrender: Full of soul, accented with brilliance by producers Eno and Lanois
Unknown Caller: Beautiful textures morph into urgent, commanding lyrics and Bono’s “oh’s”
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight: Even the minor songs like this one sound major and special
Get On Your Boots: Rowdy, fun, major work from drummer Larry Mullen Jr.
Stand Up Comedy: Still rocking this far in the album. Yeah!
Fez/Being Born: Psychedelic opening morphs to rushing track that brings goosebumps. This is when I know this is a classic album I’m listening to.
White As Snow: Haunting Morricone-esque ballad slows things down without getting boring
Breathe: Jamming exclamation point
Cedars of Lebanon: Classic Eno starts it, sophisticated end to a freaking brilliant album