New Music Report: Reader Reviews of U2's "Horizon," Plus Neko Case


There's no question this is a big week for U2: the Irish legends released their 11th studio album, No Line on the Horizon, started a five-night stint on Letterman, got part of a New York City street named after them, and graced the cover of our new issue. In last week's New Music Report we took a close look at David Fricke's five-star review of the album, so this week we're letting the readers have the floor: click above to watch Rolling Stone's Caryn Ganz break down three very different opinions on U2's latest based on three reviews submitted to our Website.

Here's a quick rundown: In a three-star review, jonathanhigh5 writes, "It feels like it could've really a huge step in a new direction, an electronic rock album for this decade. But by the middle of the album, starting with 'Get On Your Boots,' they start playing it safe again." Reader bollocks was even less generous in a two-star appraisal: "While some herald the album as a Zooropa-esque foray into boundary-pushing, those of us who have ever heard any indie rock at all can attest to the fact that this album is still very much mainstream U2." But many readers agreed with Fricke's star rating, too. PamBonamusica contributed, "This album takes us to a musical journey that connects heavy guitars with Arabic influences, gospel chants with experimental sounds, energy with atmosphere. ... In all songs I can feel the joy of U2 playing together."

To check out the joy of U2 hanging out in a photo studio together, check out the footage Anton Corbijn shot at our cover shoot in this New Music Report (and for more, head into this story: U2 Talk Horizon Follow-Up, Spider-Man Musical in RS Cover Story). Plus, we've got a rundown on Neko Case's excellent new album, Middle Cyclone in here, too.

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