2013: The Year Of or A Year With U2

Larry Lootsteen, Conestogo, Ontario, Canada

As we have all heard I'm sure, we are expecting some new music from the boys in 2013.  Paul McGuiness said it again the other day (along with Bono's latest info on the working title 10 Reasons To Exist - anyone believe it will be released as that?) .  With the amount of recorded material they have across several producers can we be surprised?  And since this year fits into the cycle of releases, I am confident the material is coming.

So.  It does beg the question.  With this be the year of U2 or will this be just another year with U2?

I am wondering if the biys will take the world's psyche on one more time.  I am pondering and pontificating on whether they have the music in them to grab the us all by the balls and shake us up again.

There is no question they are able.  The question is whether they can still deliver.  The fans will be over the top and there.  But will the masses beyond come into the fold?  They will tour.  The people will come out and it will be a success because even the most strident U2 haters know they can deliver a show.

If they want to take the crown one more time they are going to have to come out of the gate hard.  We need a song that will shake us.  And this is something I have been harping about in recent years.  We need that anger back.  I think that will be the key.  The anger of the early days with the sensibility of today.  Can they do it?  Yes.  But my confidence that they will is not there.  My fear is this 'dance' music that we've heard much about.  I'm not so sure that is the right direction.

So what do you think?  Is this their year?  Or just another with them?