So I've been dissecting U2's new album to find some nuggets of noteworthy truth and ponderence. The album's not as upbeat as "Atomic Bomb", but it does have some sonic riffs and lyrics in it. The band is getting more and more gutsy in reflecting their faith as raw and blatantly as they do in this latest effort. Some classic soaring U2 sounds and anthems on the new record.
Here are some worthwhile nuggets so far . . .
No Line On The Horizon: Title song has a good and memorable riff that will catch you off guard. Not my personal favorite on the album.
Magnificent: So far, favorite song on the album. This could be a psalm. Soaring praise to the Creator. "I was born, I was born to sing for you/I didn't have a choice but to lift you up". "From the womb my first cry/it was a joyful noise." "Only love could leave such a mark/Only love could leave such a scar." "Justified you and I will magnify/The Magnificent."
Moment Of Surrender: "It's not if I believe in love/but if love believes in me".
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight: "Every sweet tooth needs a hit/every beauty needs to go out with an idiot/how can you stand next to the truth and not see it?". "The right to appear ridiculous is something I hold dear" (I love that one).
Get On Your Boots: Great song to bring out as the first single. Not as good as "Vertigo", but one great line: "here's what we're gonna need, love and community/laughter is eternity if joy is real".
White As Snow: The first few bars of the song is taken from the hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". "Who can forgive forgiveness where forgiveness is not/only the lamb as white as snow". It was written for a soldier that died in Afghanistan.
Breathe: Another great guitar riff in this one. "But I'm running down the road like loose electricity". "Everyday I have to find the courage/to walk out into the street/with arms out/got a love you can't defeat". "Walk out/into the sunburst street/sing your heart out, sing my heart out/I've found grace inside a sound/I've found grace that's all I've found/And I can breathe, breathe now". When the band did this live Monday night on the Late Show, Bono changed the last chorus to "Spirit, breathe".