After a 30-second leak of U2’s first No Line on the Horizon single “Get On Your Boots” emerged early this weekend, the band decided just to stream the whole track in its entirety on their Website. From the opening drums and fuzzed out riff, it’s clear the band went the “Vertigo” route for their comeback single.
The verses are similar to Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up,” with Bono singing, “You free me from the dark dream, Candy floss ice cream, All our kids are screaming, But the ghosts aren’t real” in a similar cadence to Costello’s This Year’s Model hit. On the chorus, Bono sings “You don’t know how beautiful you are” in a style that echoes How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb‘s “City of Blinding Light,” which boasted a chorus of “Oh, you look so beautiful tonight.”
“Get On Your Boots” was supposed to become available digitally on February 15th, but lo and behold it’s for sale on iTunes right now. The physical release is still scheduled for February 16th, while No Line and all of its five formats are due out March 3rd. For Rolling Stone‘s exclusive preview of the new U2 album, check out our track-by-track breakdown.
In other U2 news, it’s come to our attention that there’s a bit of an uproar over No Line‘s pretty-awesome new cover art. A bunch of comments on our item last Friday about the new album image led us to this, the cover of Richard Chartier & Taylor Deupree’s specification.fifteen. Both covers feature similar oceanic photos from Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Still, the likelihood U2 stole this image from the sound artists seems just as likely as Coldplay stealing “Viva La Vida” from Joe Satriani. Commenters also pointed us to Brothomstates’ 2001 album Caro, which features a similar horizon image complete with an equal signs.