U2’s new album, “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” will be released soon, and thanx to a friend with “connections,” I’ve managed to get a copy and it is quite pleasing. Not sure YET if I dig it like I dig the 2000 “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.” Which is just a phenomenal comprehensive collection of cuts.
So far, I’m very intrigued with “Yahweh,” the final track on the album. I want to listen to it a few more times, but it’s just so refreshing to have songs about GOD in pop culture without it being from a “crossover” artist.Other than that, I love how hard U2 works to make it look effortless. Sure there’s plenty of “studio magic” going on to produce the tracks, but they can sound so full with such simple layers of instruments and vocals. I think I’m also digging their sparse use of electronica to support traditional instruments.My take overall is that it’s a very CLEAN album. Just pure and crisp, with a lot of presence. Not a lot of hiding behind effects or slick production.Ultimately, I’m just happy to have ONE MORE “post Zooropa” album. I’m sure there’s a lot that’s about timing–with me, with the world, and with the band and where they’re at. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time for anything produced between Achtung and ATYCLB.
They were guests on SNL tonight and rocked the house. You get the feeling that Bono loves to play SNL more than anything. Especially his antics with playing to the camera. It got me vibed to see the show next year. I’m looking forward to it.