U2 have been a band for 33 years. That’s certainly not as long as The Rolling Stones, who formed in 1962 but the difference is that U2 are still making very relevant music. The Rolling Stones stopped doing that long before they reached the 30 year mark. So I can honestly say that U2 have had more relavent longevity than any other rock band of my lifetime. They had some hiccups like with 1997’s PoP, which I actually liked. And I’ve gone in and out of being a real fan of this band. It’s easy to find reasons to diss or tire of Bono as he tirelessly tries to save the world and be a political figure. But at least he’s putting his fame and fortune to (mostly) good use.
When No Line on The Horizon came out, I was a bit skeptical. Oh, here we go again… Another U2 album. I’ve yet to listen to How to Dismantal an Atom Bomb. But something told me to go for it and I’m certainly glad I did. It’s not flawless and certainly didn’t get off to a great start with their first single “Get On Your Boots”. But overall, it’s had favorable reviews, getting a Metacritic score of 72, which is quite impressive. I guess the Eno and Lanois duo worked.
The standout track for me by far is “Moment of Surrender”. It has all the emotion of “One” but doesn’t seem like one could get tired of it as was the case with “One”.
Listen to Moment of Surrender by U2 here and below I’ve added a video of a really good acoustic cover of it where you can here the vocals really well. I like U2’s version better but this guy is very good.