Apirl 2014 U2 Arrives

U2

U2

Maybe. Wide reports suggest that we might see a new project from U2 around April 2014.  A collection of songs partly from the perspective of an innocent and partly from a seasoned veteran.

To bring it all together the band brought in electronic dance music producer Danger Mouse to help them craft it.

Most hard core U2 fans are puzzled by the relationship between Danger Mouse and U2 while others think the possibility of some amazing new sounds.

Bono said in an interview " I think we are still trying to figure it out ourselves." 

December arrives with the boys all in New York moving about studio rooms with engineers trying different mixes as Bono sings along and in the other room Larry, The Edge and others are playing around with different rhythms. Creativity happening real time. The band seems ready for the new challenge.

Released earlier in the month "Ordinary Love" was a throwback, mid tempo song that could have found a home on an earlier U2 album, early 80's. It walks the line as U2 has done before so many times. Between personal and political.  Themes of God, Faith and Hope all seem to to be coming thru loud and clear within the song.

So what are the rumors ? Well some would suggest that you can hear traces of The Clash, Kraftwork and Sex Pistols bring the band back to their youthful years.  Its time to embrace new directions.

The question of will fans follow along or will they scream for yesterday. True fans move forward. Expect to hear more great things from U2 ahead as the marketing machine starts to kick into high gear. Its the band is going forward in a new direction and now the proof will be in the music. The boys will continue fine tune, work those late hours in the studio to bring about something new and amazing.

NOLO Most Thoroughly Christian Project Yet

Bono

Bono

Looking back over a body of work a theologian from Alabama, has classified No Line On The Horizon "It's the most thorough Christian thing they've done yet"

"Like the last two albums, No Line is much more overt in its Christian rendering of the world, what with lyrics like ‘Justified until we die/You and I will magnify/Oh, the Magnificent’ from the album's second track,” commented Steven R. Harmon, an associate professor of divinity at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala.

Bono/ U2/ 360 Tour

Bono/ U2/ 360 Tour

“Yet what qualifies this album as thoroughly Christian is not so much its pervasive biblical/theological images as its overarching eschatological vision” As quoted in the Associated Baptist Press.  The themes have got U2 ranked #41 on CCM list of greatest Christen music albums. The Joshua Tree was also included.

We of course know that all U2 songs do not have a Christian view however its hard to avoid the fact that most of the songs have a theme that keeps coming back and frankly seems to keep fans engaged.  The question of what's next has most U2 fans asking for the band to return to their roots to draw on the past and recreate songs that give us back our youth.

Bono/ U2/ 360 Tour / Faith

Bono/ U2/ 360 Tour / Faith

The fact that if your truly a U2 fan you know that this is not possible. U2 has changed many times already. The evolved U2 has grown with us, moved us towards becoming adults with our own children and our own ideas of whats right for the world.

Yet the idea of looking back to those years drives us to scream RETURN to the past.  We all await this new project with some fear that the band may have created their last project and that we will all have to face the death of  U2. However if you look at U2 with the eyes of a Christian you know that you can't have life with out death. Faith may have more to play with our fear of loss than our fear of change.

 

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