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A MAGNIFICENT ROCK ALBUM, 23 April 2009
U2 have by now demonstrated, over nearly three decades, to have seriously been rivaling any prominent authority under the realm of contemporary rock legends. Doggedly imposing their hallmark rebel style of artistic prowess and grandioso, such Dublin band would literally turn up cross-catapulted some distance ahead of their time onto the rock and roll international scene.
Indeed, 'No Line On The Horizon', their latest opus, strikes dumb as a groundbreaking, highly sophisticated, empowering rock record subtlely entangled in journeys at some boundaries close to the known and unknown, all but metaphysical while unearthing mysteries of love as of any life (re)born out of attraction. Just hear opening track echoing 'Boden Sea, Uttwil' (cover picture), shattering icon of eternity, into a feminine allegory (Bono's Ali ?) / You can hear the universe in her sea shells / [...] Then she puts her tongue in my ear... life perpetuating ever again and again.
Will then ensue pulsating rock beats zealous in heartening any ribcage to open wide to love, sometimes magnificent, when transcending sound sensitivity, luminous inescapable moments of enlightenment and rebirth or any picture of world beauty into splendid rock music. Born from deep and reeling through rays of darkness and light (see Anton Corbijn smashing LP booklet shots), those eleven songs sound as if revolving around a central existential question :
Can body/soul, human mind, art, life or even the universe breathe together again and be found out to rejuvenate any individual by leaving anyone to be breaking free from their own chains, thereby finding their harmony into the world ?
Appealing to the individual by confronting such essential issues with present human linkages while relentlessly appearing clairvoyant, feeding to the core with artistic commitment, proving to be irresistibly confident in better collective steps, please just enjoy : The future needs a big kiss / Wind blows with a twist / Never seen a moon like this / Can you see it too ? [...] You don't know how beautiful you are / (Get On Your Boots) or while believing in man's ability to cut loose with past constraints / Josephine, be careful of small men with the big ideas / (Stand Up Comedy) and today's obstacles / In this dizzy world where a lovesick eye can steal the view / (ibid) as much as in his (will)power to regenerate / I got to stand up and take a step / You and I have been asleep for hours / [...] C'mon ye people, we're made of stars / (ibid) or, bitten with life, at conquering their own heart.
/ Stop helping God across the road like a little old lady / Out from under your beds / C'mon ye people, stand up for your love / (ibid)
... a change of heart comes slow / It's not a hill, it's a mountain / As you start out the climb / Listen for me, I'll be shouting / We're gonna make it all way to the light (I'll Go Crazy...)
Or even by letting yourself penetrating profoundly into some tracks such as "Fez - Being Born" (superb existential road song), "Moment of Surrender" or "Unknown Caller" whilst listening carefully to yourself...
Twirling on the rim of global world scene as of travellers tales from distant valleys, another range of contemplative songs, drifting by their dying stories, come out at looking sharp into unveiling truths over destiny trails and recollections of precluded love, sketching out self-reflecting complex human bonds...
Choose your enemies carefully 'cos they will define you / Make them interesting 'cos in some ways they will mind you / They are not there in the beginning but when your story ends / Gonna last with you longer than your friend / (Cedars Of Lebanon)
...or keeping balancing between sheer fore and hindsights, at times into paradise of innocence and bygone times / My brother and I would drive for hours / Like we had years instead of days (As White As Snow) or at times into some unredeeming paradise lost... [...] The road refuses strangers / The land the seeds we sow / Now the wolves are every passing stranger / Every face we can not know / If only a heart could be as white as snow (ibid)
...or even between the realities of our present, "Man has come to such point, what next to come", and the promises or challenges of our time.
Every day I have to find the courage / To walk out into the street / With arms out / Got a love you can't defeat / Neither down nor out / There's nothing you have that I need / I can breathe (Breathe)
This album, ladies and gents, keeps as much brimming over with nervous cosmic energy as with some resoluteness and sexiness, grasping deep at your soul and senses. Going off here and there, at feverish beat, your heart and blood taken hold of under this unleashed rock tempo propelling through each of your body cells, guts and veins. Under shock emotions ? Downright salvation !
Actually, such record could not have escaped being composed, mixed and produced under musical and lyrical virtuoso. Bono's lyrics, poetic, inventive and deeply rooted into our present consciousness, sound and read as perfectly meaningful while each rhyme and verse vocals combination fuses into flawless scales and chords melodies of rhythm section as in rock`n roll soul, deserving straight dedication.
`Bono's got the soul of an ancient poet and you have to be careful around him. He can roar 'til the earth shakes' (Bob Dylan from Bono on Bono, Conversations)
This collection of tightly bound songs keeps certainly breathing under the curse of these four amazingly talented artists committed to rock music in a spellbinding musical symbiosis [1+1+1+1=1=U2] accounting as much for their everlasting, unbendable friendship, complicity and a nearly unique common experience at growing better, ever accomplished throughout a mutual musical and lyrical creative process. 'I think we've been pretty good at getting out of each other's ways [...] Being in U2, each of us is more than he would be if he were one whole of something else' (ibid).
In short, this album seems to be towering over any word, line or paragraph breaking through as wild or even as significant as to be completely encapsulating its full dimension.
A thorough musical, emotional and spiritual masterpiece from the first second to the last.
Meet them in the sound !