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U2 continue to diss their “not very accessible” album

It would seem that U2 are keen to put a little distance between themselves and current album “No Line on the Horizon”. This week, Bono described the album as “not very accessible, lyrically or musically”. “We put out a really …

Fri, Aug 27, 2010, 10:42

   

It would seem that U2 are keen to put a little distance between themselves and current album “No Line on the Horizon”.

This week, Bono described the album as “not very accessible, lyrically or musically”.

“We put out a really difficult record,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. “I would have to admit that. If I was a teenager, it would be like a European movie, it’s art house.”

This follows on from his comments last October when he described the February 2009 album as “a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of pop stars.”

The fact that the album has sold poorly may have something to do with the singer’s disdain. Naturally, the singer was not so forthcoming when the band were hyping the bejaysus out of the album on release to their camp followers in the fourth estate. Now, he’s keener to talk up three unreleased albums and the band’s new songs rather than the current release.

But Bono’s comments are not the only sign of a change in attitude towards “No Line On the Horizon”.

There’s a marked difference in the set-lists for U2’s recent live gigs compared to a year ago, with the band no longer frontloading material from the current album.

For instance, their Croke Park shows from July 2009 saw the band opening the show with four songs from “No Line on the Horizon”, something which even tried the patience of long-term U2 fanciers.

Now, though, it’s a brand new instrumental (“Return of the Stingray Guitar”) and a golden oldie (“Beautiful Day”) which are the opening songs of choice on the current European tour.

The people have spoken and U2, it would appear, have listened.