So I finally worked up the courage to listen to that new album
U2 so kindly gave me for free. It's not very good, is it? I mean,
some bits of some songs are ok, but there aren't any actual
songs on it as such. And that took five years? Over produced
to hell as well, as far as i can tell from the shitty digital sound.
I thought of Neil Young's lines, from 'Crime In The City':
The artist looked at the producer
The producer sat back
He said, What we have got here
Is a perfect track
But we don't have a vocal
And we don't have a song
If we could get these things accomplished
Nothin' else could go wrong.
So he balanced the ashtray
As he picked up the phone
And said, Send me a songwriter
Who's drifted far from home
And make sure that he's hungry
Make sure he's alone
Send me a cheeseburger
And a new Rolling Stone.
Good non-review in The Quietus: