U2 return with their first record since 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, a period of five years. From the lead-off single, the storming ‘Get on Your Boots’, it promises to be a vintage U2 record. The first single bursts to life with a trademark Edge guitar riff, which plays throughout the song. It is this infectious riff that plays in your head long after you’ve listened to the track. By the way, the song is most definitely a grower, in that it gets better with each listen. Other tracks such as the title, ‘No line on the Horizon’ and ‘Magnificent’ promise a diverse album that will please U2 fans, filled with great hooks.
Undoubtedly the album release will be accompanied by a huge world stadium tour. The Irish rockers have become renowned for their magnificent, unique tours and are sure to put on another great string of performances. The album’s release, on March 2nd worldwide (It is released in Ireland in the last week of February), is coincided with a 5-date set on the American chat show, Letterman.
Significantly, the band worked with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite for the new album, with recording sessions beginning in Fez, Morocco, eventually finding their way to their home of Dublin after recording in many locations across the globe. These men have worked with the band on some of their most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, such as The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. Bono and co devoted a long period of time to the album’s recording. Coupled with the influence of Lanois, Eno and Lillywhite, No Line on the Horizon will, no doubt, be a polished U2 record. It could even be one of their best yet.