Originally posted by dstankie:The first single off AB was the Fly. Do you know what that sounded like at the time? How bold and weird and provocative?
The first single off Zooropa was Numb. Numb! And radio stations played it.
The first single off Pop was Discotheque. Again, weird and bold and unpredictable.
Heck, I'll throw in Beautiful Day. At the time, sounding like old U2 was the least U2 thing to do. It's a great track that set the tone for the album and tour to come.
Desire was an interesting single from R&H.
A non-album release like Night and Day demanded attention for its unpredictability. Same with Hold Me..., Miss Sarajevo.
I'll even concede Vertigo was a banger and had some new energy (even if the rest of the album was nothing like it).
So it's not like there isn't a long history of attention-grabbing singles that pushed the sound envelope for this band.
With that context, recent singles have been tremendous let downs to some of us, and this one seems to sadly be another swing and a miss.
And the weird thing is that they--the artists themselves--don't seem to notice the tremendous diminishment.
An analogy: I am a New England Patriots fan. I was spoiled by twenty years of football greatness. Am I supposed to feel satisfied by what the team is now--average on a very good day? As a fan, should I just be happy that there is still a football team in New England?
The analogy breaks down: the Patriot greatness was clearly largely about Tom Brady's greatness. He's gone, and therefore this isn't the same team. But U2 IS the same team. And given their history of greatness, plus their collective musical wisdom and experience, is it really so strange or offensive to expect more from them?