Since their songs first came to the US on import vinyl, were only played in clubs and college radio, I have loved the artistry of U2. The aching faith, the drive to make the world better that comes through on this new album, No Line on the Horizon, reminds me of The Joshua Tree, How to Dismantle the Atomic Bomb, and even Boy and October. In fact, there is a musical place on No Line that will take you musically to every part of U2’s discography. That body of work having been the soundtrack of my life from college to now, I find this album as comfortable as sitting down for a chat with an old friend and challenging at once.
Though I’ve only listened through the songs a few times since they were released for play on U2’s MySpace last week, I think this is a brilliant effort (and may be some of the best work by guitarist The Edge). The track “Magnificent” has me captivated as it draws me into worship of God, while the single “Get On Your Boots” reminds that ‘laughter is eternity/if joy is real’ and “Stand Up Comedy” demands we ‘stand up for hope, faith, love, while I’m getting over certainty/stop helping God across the road like a little old lady’ . If you want to give it a listen, you can download the complete album from amazon mp3 for $3.99 for a limited time by clicking the album cover image or this link.