Today I heard the new U2 single, Vertigo (see my LJ for a long rant about why Apple suck and how they just killed the Santa of the digital revolution for me, the tossers).
But, this record.
When I was young(er), much younger, I loved U2. I loved the intensity and energy of their first 4 albums. I couldn't get enough. I saw them live a bunch of times, and they always ruled. Our school rock band covered fucktonnes of their stuff. I can imitate Bono's voice to the nth degree, and playing like the Edge is a lot more about attitude, and a lot less about technique, than you'd think.
But then they lost their way; or at least, we went in different directions. I got distracted, they got into their new pop vibe thing.
2002's "All that you can't leave behind" was a pretty good record, a return to concept if not form. I liked it. Not that I disliked Zooropa, Pop etc; but they weren't on the same par as Achtung Baby, let alone The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, War, October or Boy.
"Vertigo" is, and I say this unashamedly, the most exciting record I've heard all year. This might be the sound of 40 year olds rocking out, but it's an honest sound with genuine vibrancy, genuine expression, genuine fucking energy, goddammit. This is a great record, and it deserves to conquer the world. It won't, of course, but that's life. It reminds me of Boy, of October, of War, of live U2 in the 80s. It's full of life, it kicks and it spits and it's basically alive; but of course, always articulate.
Hello hello (Hola!).... marvellous. You'll all be rocking to this soon, or my name's not Robert Andrew Uttley.
Don't say I didn't warn you. I've just had my first musical epiphany in almost a year. Can't believe it came courtesy of U2!!