The U2 Late Show Continues…

"Every generation gets a chance to change the world Pity the nation that won't listen to your boys and girls Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven't heard Is it true that perfect love drives out all fear? The right to appear ridiculous is something I hold dear Oh, but a change of heart comes slow... It's not a hill, it's a mountain As you start out the climb Do you believe me, or are you doubting? We're gonna make it all the way to the light..." … [Read more...]

U2′s next album is “Songs of Ascent”, coming soon.

I'm actually more excited about hearing *this* album, due to Bono's description (which, as most U2 fans know, usually isn't, um, precise): U2 just released its first album since 2004 this week, but the Irish rock band is already planning a quickie follow-up for next year.The new disc will be called "Songs of Ascent," and it will be more mellow than the current album, "No Line on the Horizon," singer Bono says in a cover story in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. And in the … [Read more...]

Breathe, U2 Fans. It’s Here.

And just for old time's sake... my favorite five minutes of U2's history, right here: … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman on “No Line On the Horizon”

Here's Whitman's take on U2's No Line on the Horizon. … [Read more...]

Andy Whitman on U2′s “Really Good Non-Reinvention”

Josh Hurst hosts a U2 love-in. Meanwhile, at, Andy Whitman of Paste, who is working on his review of the new album, lets this slip: Don't believe the hype. This is not U2's best album, but it is a really good non-reinvention. I think "Magnificent" is the best U2 worship song since "Gloria," and that "Unknown Caller" is in the Top 10 of greatest U2 songs ever.   … [Read more...]

Your First Impressions of U2′s New Album

While I'm waiting until March 3 so I can have my little U2 album-unwrapping ritual, I'd love to hear from you.Now that there's a way to hear the album early legally and with the band's blessing, what do you think of it?(You did see this news about today's MySpace release, didn't you?)Here's David Fricke's 5-star review in Rolling Stone, for whatever that's worth. … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes with Bono: Rock, Politics, Poverty… and His Christian Faith

Believe it or not, I still hear Christians who declare that Bono isn't a believer. In spite of his testimonies in public, in print, in music, and in deed.And here he is again, in a monster of an article about the band and its singer, talking about the steep climb of putting faith into action (and into art) while world-famous: SOH What intrigues me, though, is this tricky place you are in, which is quite unprecedented in pop star terms. You have used your celebrity to go into the world of … [Read more...]

New Zoo Reviews: U2′s “No Line on the Horizon”

Even the haters would have to admit: This is a pretty cool story.Yeah, the hype for U2's upcoming album has come to a boil.But is this just "hype"? Check out these reviews... … [Read more...]

U2′s New Single Lets Us In the Sound

WARNING: This post is written by an unapologetic U2 fanboy. Extreme enthusiasm ahead.UPDATE: Here's Ann Powers in the LA Times considering the new song.I've just listened to "Get On Your Boots" about five times through after buying it from iTunes.It showed up at the iTunes Store for a very short time tonight, and now the Search that I used to find it isn't working anymore. (I'm sure it'll be back up there soon.)Anyway... in my humble opinion, the song is a lightning bolt of … [Read more...]

McCormack on U2′s new album

Neil McCormick on U2's No Line on the Horizon: So what can I tell you without infringing copyright? It took two listens to find my way into it, which has to be good a thing. It is dense, twisty, shiny, modern pop music, a big mash up of Eno ambience, Edge electricity, rhythm and soul. There are verses and choruses, though not necessarily in that order (and quite often its hard to tell which is which). It doesn't feel the need to hit you over the head, but has the Ninja confidence to sneak up … [Read more...]