Thursday, October 14, 2004

..... I am always keen to pass on the bits which excite me and the things that touch my soul.
Here is a website worth a regular click and I reproduce the review of the U2 single 'vertigo' ..... because ....... that is where may heart is ....


Stocki reviews the new U2 single and expresses caution on speedy conclusions but is himself impressed especially with the spiritual depth and density of a three minute rock song...

So it has been aired. The unveiling of the first U2 single off a new album is now a worldwide event. In the music fraternity whether in the industry or among fans it is then the most talked about thing for the next week. And so - Vertigo? What do we make of it? Well initial impressions are foolish things to make judgements on when it comes to this specific subject. Step back and seek historical perspective. Since Desire led off Rattle and Hum first U2 singles have been slow to gain access to the ear. The Fly from Achtung Baby – my goodness me! Discotheque from Pop – are you kidding! Even Beautiful Day, that four years on seems like a stone cold classic, belong used all across the media had a jury undecided for the first few weeks of its release.

Vertigo is being received with the obligatory uncertainty. Three minutes and ten seconds of full on rock out just as Bono has been promising for months and months. As with The Fly it will probably be as loud and full on as anything else on the soon to be released album but if the spiritual depth is spread across the other ten songs due on How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb then we are in for a pummelling of the soul.

Here Bono seems to be dizzy with the temptations and darkness and choices of the world he lives in. The mind is a jungle but mustn’t rule your heart and

“Your eyes are wide
And though your soul
It can't be bought
your mind can wander.”

In the darker quieter shadow casting shift of pace and sound level the devil gets his say and an inviting say it is. Quoting what the devil said to Jesus on what the Gospel According to Matthew calls a very high mountain,

“All this, all this can be yours
All of this, all of this can be yours
All this, all of this can be yours
Just give me what I want
And no one gets hurt…”

In the end the lesson is learned…

“You're teaching me ...aaahhh
Your love is teaching me ...aaaah
How to kneel

It is a great lesson from a great song. Vertigo is a sonic explosion of spiritual shrapnel! Get lacerated!