Really well according to Colin St. John is a Denver-based writer, this may be true. We have seen this kind of article before in fact we have even got some pretty solid hate mail about Bono and the boys. This one is different. Colin has left the door open to the ] of being wrong. The fact that he said maybe leaves us fans the opportunity to education him on the reasons he maybe wrong. We contacted Colin and requested permission to quote his story.
“U2’s entire image, catalog and influence are a major drain on the rock ‘n’ roll that surrounds it. The Dublin quartet — quite literally — sucks the life out of whatever it touches, progression be damned. (When’s the last time you heard a U2 song and said, “Oh my god! That was completely unexpected and fresh!”?) And whether you are as vitriolic and vehement as this all might seem, or you plain don’t care about U2 — like, say, Ric Ocasek whose Cars played Denver on Sunday — you then have, at least, dismissed them in some way, shape or form. If, however, you are going to Invesco on Saturday, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do. Of course, as Ocasek says in his New York Times interview, musical preferences are subjective. The point here is just that you shouldn’t subject yourself to listening to U2.
The worst thing about U2 is right in front of you: Bono, well-documented as one of the biggest self-righteous turds in the world. But what’s worse, his affected, bogus, second-coming-of-Albert-Schweitzer turd-ery browns out the perfectly competent and even inventive musician in the Edge. His parts in the 2008 documentary “It Might Get Loud” were enthralling and exhibited a guitarist fully embracing his craft with stupendous effect (and effects). The problem is the Edge’s sometimes ethereal guitar parts are almost always drowned out by Bono’s awful, syrupy voice. The Edge-helmed “Numb” from 1993’s “Zooropa” might be U2’s best song not only because it eschews the band’s safety zone in favor of industrial territory but also because Bono is largely absent.”
U2’s music has lifted spirts and provided the funds for the boys to give back to many communities Bono may be the U2 member who talks on issues such as debt relief and AIDS funding, but for some time the Edge has quietly undertaken a mission of his own: getting instruments back into the hands of musicians who lost everything in the wake of the Gulf hurricanes. As New Orleans’ Superdome prepares to re-open its door to football, the band help celebrate the rebirth of the “Big Easy.” Hope emanates from the notes of these U2 songs.
U2 added to the dance and alternative rock revolutions. They sure do have their own sense of style. They reinvented themselves again with their 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour.
Achtung Baby is the 7th album by U2, and was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. It was released on 19 November 1991 on Island Records. U2 shifted the musical direction on this album to alternative rock, industrial, and electronic dance music influences. The album is darker and at times more flippant than the band’s previous albums. Achtung Baby and the Zoo TV Tour were central to the group’s 1990s reinvention with a more lighthearted and self-deprecating public image.
Achtung Baby is one of U2’s most successful records and is regularly featured on lists of the greatest albums of all-time.
Sure, U2 started out as a rock band in a garage. Lots have! They made a name for themselves from the get go, and during transitions, became even greater. No, they are not a religious band, I would call them spiritual. U2, is here to make a difference for man-kind.
Everyone has the right to their comments, and of course we would welcome a response from you the fans about how you feel about U2 and what impact they have made on your life.
Colin’s article can be found here http://www.heyreverb.com/2011/05/17/u2-sucks/