Billboard reports that U2′s new record, No Line on the Horizon, is slated for release on March 3— a few months after its original release date, which had been slated for this year—on Interscope Records. U2 fans should be excited that it was recorded with the holy triptych of U2 producers: Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno, and Daniel Lanois. Heck, I’m excited. I admit it; I’m a huge U2 fan. Huge. There was a time where I think I wanted to marry Bono (side note: I typed “bury Mono” first!). Yeah, I know. He’s pompous and arrogant and U2 sucks, etc. etc. I get it. I understand the haters’ complaints and even agree with a lot of them, but I still love U2. Sometimes I just want unbridled anthems and romanticism, okay? Sometimes I want big statements and big recordings. I must admit, however, the 2000s have left me feeling a little “meh” on the band. I liked All That You Can’t Leave Behind for the zing it added to the live shows (that was a good tour), but How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb was just crappy.
The other day I busted out Zooropa for no good reason, and I honestly think it’s held up quite nicely. It’s off-the-cuff, ballsy, and filled with lots of questionable ideas. That’s not a negative! Pop, too, is rife with bad ideas, and, though the songs are a bit lackluster, I think the thing’s got chutzpah. The last two records were a “return to form,” but they feel more like going through the motions. I’ll take bad ideas over bland ones any day. According to “one source” at Billboard, the new material is “amazing and a little out there.” That has me hopeful. This statement from Jimmy Iovine, explaining the delayed release, does not:
“I met with the guys in U2, and they say to me, ‘You know what? This album needs two more songs, and it will be exactly what we have in mind.’ I go there and I listen, and I agreed with them,” Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine told Billboard last month. “It’s a great record, but it deserves the time.”
Uh-oh. Even as a huge fan, I can’t think of a time when I ever said, “I wish that U2 record was longer.”
U2 Looks Toward New ‘Horizon’ [Billboard]