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  • Mar 4, 2009
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U2 definitely cares what listeners think of their albums--based on listener reactions, the band corrected "Rattle and Hum" with "Achtung Baby" and "Pop" with "All That You Can't Leave Behind." "No Line on the Horizon" corrects the too-close-to-home "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" by leaving home and then setting up on Mars. Accusations that the result is too airy or hollow miss the point: just as "Achtung Baby" arose from the nowhere-bound aggresso-alienation of the Nineties, "No Line on the Horizon" captures the rock scene that's haunted the new millennium--sounds alright, wants to be great, might even hint at greatness, but it's hollow beneath the surface. One could say that's a description of U2's music; but though they've hinted at clever lyrical turns like "She said time is irrelevant, it's not linear/Then she put her tongue in my ear," for the first time, I feel like it means something. (Other ear-grabbers: "The DNA lottery may have left you smart" and Bono's self-effacing "Be careful of small men with big ideas," both from the delicious semi-funk of "Stand Up Comedy.") I'm not sure just what Lanois contributed, but Eno's influence is all over these songs, chiefly in "FEZ-Being Born," which could have fit nicely on "Original Soundtracks 1," and in the Y2K-pop catchiness of "Unknown Caller" (which recalls Eno's contributions to Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime"). My favourites: the futuristic jive of the title track; the explosively grand "Magnificent," led by the Edge; the sunshine-and-rainbows candy-pop "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"; and "Get on Your Boots"--addictive as heroin, maybe as healthy, and more attractive if you know what the title means. It isn't as good as "The Joshua Tree." It might be better than "Achtung Baby." And I think it's the seminal album of the new millennium.

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No Line On The Horizon, the new studio album from U2, will be released on Tues, March 3, 2009. The band’s 12th studio album calls on the production talents of long-time collaborators Brian Eno and Danny Lanois, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite. The album will be available in 5 different packages.

This version is the standard album CD in a plastic jewel case w /24 page color booklet.
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Label: Interscope Records
Artist: U2
Genre: Pop
Release Date: March 3, 2009
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