I’ve just added the entire CD to the Hymnal and I’m very well aware that not all of it would go great in church/worship. That being said I think all of it would go down really well in my sacred space… My car. So it’s without any apologies I’ve gone ahead and added it all.
As of the 27th people can actually download their new single “Vertigo” from itunes. The unfortunate thing about this is that I’m in Australia and itunes has up until now ignored the giant island down under and so I am unable to download it from iTunes and have had to source the video and file from other sources. Is there anyone out there with opinions and lyrics of the new single?
Over the next few weeks I’ll add devotional thoughts to each of the songs, so keep paying attention to this space. Beth, if you’re interested at all to add a sermon or devotional please do so, infact if anyone else out there is keen to give it a go please contact me and email your thoughts.
Latest News: Apparently the music to U2‘s How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb have been leaked onto the internet as mp3 files and people are currently downloading them from numerous sources. I’ll wait until the cd is released later this month.
2. Miracle Drug
3. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
4. Love And Peace Or Else
5. City Of Blinding Lights
6. All Because Of You
7. A Man And A Woman
8. Crumbs From Your Table
9. One Step Closer
10. Original Of The Species
12. Fast Cars
NME put out a track by track review of the cd:
The first single, and as you’d expect, it’s a corker. ‘Vertigo’ features a riff from The Edge as big as ‘Beautiful Day’, perfectly complementing Bono’s cries of “Feeeel!” throughout the chorus. “Hello, hello, we’re in a place called vertigo”, he sings. It’s an anthem, probable Number One single and an electrifying opening to the album.
‘Miracle Drug’ (3:54)
After the punky ‘Vertigo’, ‘Miracle Drug’ is much slower but still heavy. “Want to trip inside your head/Spend the day there”, Bono croons. It’s a love song with tribal drums and a massive guitar-led chorus. Could be a single.
‘Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own’ (5:02)
After two all-out rock numbers, ‘Sometimes….’ is the first ballad. Backed by simple chiming guitar and drums reminiscent of ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, Bono sings “You don’t have to put up a fight/You don’t always have to be right….let me take some of the punches for you tonight”. The feel is a lot like REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’.
‘Love and Peace or Else’ (4:47)
An industrial growl and host of Nine Inch Nails-style noises hide Bono’s whispering intro, before the song evolves into a clapalong, glammy chorus “Give me love and peace”, Bono sings. It’s the first hint of his political side, with references in to “troops on the ground”. A thumping bassline makes it all sound a bit like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
‘City of Blinding Lights’ (5:44)
The second Big Stadium moment. Pretty piano opens the song, which sounds like an updated ‘With or Without You’, Bono’s in reflective mood, singing, “The more you see, the less you know”.
‘All Because of You’ (3:37)
‘Achtung Baby’-era guitars back one of Bono’s most confessional songs ever. “I’m not broke but you can see the cracks”, he sings. The lyrics suggest that he may walk the corridors of the UN, meet with Presidents and be able to call the Pope on his mobile, but sometimes he’d just like to be simple old Paul Hewson.
‘A Man and a Woman’ (4:25)
If the first half of the record is direct, simple rock, from here on in it gets more chilled. ‘A Man and a Woman’ is the last of the straight-ahead rock numbers dealing with similar themes of lost love.
‘Crumbs From Your Table’ (4:57)
Compared to ‘Vertigo’ and ‘All Because of You’, ‘Crumbs…’ is one of the more understated songs on the album. Could probably have been a B-side.
‘One Step Closer’ (3:50)
An ambient-sounding track their old producer Brian Eno would have been proud of is the stand-out song on the second half of ‘How to Dismantle…’. Bono’s dejected, or in his words has “crossed the road from hope”, but is resigned to his fate. “A heart that hurts is a heart that beats”, he sings. It’ll be the lighters-in-the-air moment on next year’s stadium tour.
‘Original of the Species’ (4:33)
In keeping with the calmer mood of the second half of the album, ‘Original…’ has subtle, cinematic strings backing a pretty piano. It builds into an epic ballad which is classic U2.
The title is the transliteration of the Hebrew word for the name of God, so it’s appropriate what the closing song is a plea for peace. “Take these hands, don’t make a fist”, Bono sings, “take this mouth, give it a kiss”.
‘Fast Cars’ (bonus track)
Unlikely to appear on the UK version of the album, this track is currently slated for inclusion on the Japanese pressing only. That’s a tragedy for UK U2 fans as it’s by far the most exciting song here. With a distinct Middle Eastern influence in the music, it’s also where the line ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ comes from. NME says: put this track on the UK album!