I expect a lot from U2. They’ve always set the bar pretty high for themselves. You won’t find a bigger fan of the band than me. I, like many U2 fans count down the days until a new album. I purchased their new single today off of itunes.
Another great song, a great single. The Foo Fighters wish they could release a single this good. And listen to it closely because I’m sure that this is exactly what Coldplay will sound like in two years. Things just always seem to work out that way.
The only disappointing thing about the song is that it’s a little bit predictable. This band is starting to become very, very predictable. They’re a corporation, I get it. It’s a business, I understand. But for the last few albums, I guess going back to Achtung Baby, they have a formula that they follow and you can see what’s coming.
They’re telegraphing their punches.
First comes the fast-paced single with relatively meaningless lyrics that is hip enough to grab some younger fans but also familiar enough not to disappoint the faithful. The Fly, Discotheque, Beautiful Day, Vertigo and now Get On Your Boots.
Next will come the preliminary press where Bono says that this is the album that U2 has always wanted to make. But he’ll also explain that there were many battles fought over this one and that Larry was often pissed off.
And then at last they will embark on a world tour in which they’ll play the exact same setlist every single night for three years and wear the same costumes.
I love U2 and I’m sure I’ll love the new record. I’m just looking for them to mix it up a little bit.
It was sure a treat when Bono recorded ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ with Frank Sinatra on his ‘Duets’ album in 1993. It was the highlight of the record. There was even a music video that went along with it. Bono then presented an aging Sinatra with the Grammy’s Lifetime achievement award in 1994. (It really took until 1994 for them to give this award to Ol’ Blue Eyes?) Bono gave an awesome speech for Frank. The sad part was when the director had the music play Frank of of the stage. Even though Frank wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, but I’d say that the Chairman of the Board deserves a little more respect than that.
Sinatra has been gone since 1998 and Bono now writes another beautiful piece for him. It’s the U2 frontman’s first OP-ED for The New York Times. If his future writings are are anything like this, I’d love to see more.
Do yourself a favor and read it here. It’s a must.
I’m late to the Malcom Gladwell party. His books had caught my eye in the past but I didn’t pick up “Blink” or “The Tipping Point”. I guess the buzz of those two made me pick up “Outliers”.
It was a good read, but in the end it left me a little disappointed. “Outliers” is an easy read in that you don’t feel like you’re reading a textbook even though there are a lot of statistics and scholorly quotes thrown at you. But his theories just seem a little weak to me. He gives you hard stats but it’s all tied very loosely together.
One of his ‘theories’ was that, in short, children in middle class families do better in school than children from lower class households. I didn’t need to read fifteen pages to come to that conclusion.
With all of that being said, I just picked up a copy of “The Tipping Point”.