Thursday, January 15, 2009

The New U2 Album

"Get On Your Boots, the first single from U2’s new album No Line On The Horizon, will be released as a digital download on February 15th with a physical format to follow on February 16 through Mercury/Universal.
Released on March 2nd (March 3rd in the US), the album will come in a standard format with 24 page booklet and in digipak format.
I have to give U2 credit, they've certainly stayed relevant. What really amazes me is that there probably hasn't been a person born since the late 60s that didn't have a U2 album released while he/she was in high school. That's quite a career.

Every time one of their songs randomly pops up in the old iPod, I'm taken back to earlier time in my life. "The Joshua Tree" was really the first time I'd heard of U2 and any song from that album takes me back to my middle school and Boy Scout years. (Heck yes, I was a Boy Scout. "Boy Scouts: taking the socially awkward and teaching them how to camp since 1907.") "Rattle and Hum" was there for my transition into high school and "Achtung Baby" will forever remind of summers in Florida and swim team.

"Zooropa"? Well, "Zooropa" gave us "Numb". I liked "Numb".

"Pop" came out during my Hard Rock Cafe years, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" got me through relationship troubles and September 11th, and "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" was easily one of my favorite English-language albums during my Japan years.

I'm curious to see what part of my life this next album will define.

Here the track list:

1. No Line On The Horizon
2. Magnificent
3. Moment of Surrender
4. Unknown Caller
5. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
6. Get On Your Boots
7. Stand Up Comedy
8. Fez – Being Born
9. White As Snow
10. Breathe
11. Cedars Of Lebanon

I realize this has nothing to do with Doc Brown or Japan or... wait, what's that?? The album cover art is done by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto?

Well, what do you know?

If you'd like to learn more about Hiroshi Sugimoto, check out his Artsy page!
Or visit your local library.

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