I didn't have the urge to turn Ahimsa off before it even ended. Sure, two years after its release I don't remember a single word or note from it, I seem to recall it's insipid, Coldplayish and forgettable, but at least it's got a message, it's well polished and features at least some of the U2 essence & sound.
This song isn't forgettable, but I don't say that in a good way. I've been hearing the dreadful "your sooong saved my liiiife" chants in my head since yesterday - and I don't like them. It's like a 2nd league demo, the kind of song that would get relegated to be a B-side or an outtake in an album. The lyrics -except one or two good verses- are cheesy and childish. And the vocal take is really dismal, probably the worst I've heard from Bono ever.
And last but not least, I've said this in the past but... The Edge really is not a good piano player at all, he should focus on playing guitar.
I understand this song seves a purpose and I really hope it's not more than that - I pray it just dies once the movie is released and the Oscars are over. I don't want them to follow this sonic route for any new U2 song or album.
"We have a principle which we have held to from the very beginning, that philanthropy is a personal and private matter. Your left arm should not know what your right arm is doing, as it says in the scriptures, unless it’s part of a public-facing campaign to raise funds from others."
- Bono, 2014
did you know
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb has won as many Grammy Awards (8) as 1982's Thriller album.