No Line on the Horizon - The song.

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Zoo adam

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No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« on: May 22, 2020, 05:29:36 PM »
Not much is said about this song.

The third U2 song to be given the same title as the album title. Following October & TUF.

They considered it good enough to be the album opener. An honour previously given to Streets, SBS & 'A sort of Home coming'.

Unlike other album openers, it was not lead single. It then wasn't even a second or third single.

It has never been considered on forums as a possible alternative lead single. Despite Boots being so terrible & other songs being considered too long or not good enough. In fact it's rarely mentioned.
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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 05:51:09 PM »
I guess I haven't thought too much about it before, but I wonder how successful NLOTH (album) would have been if the singles were NLOTH (song), Magnificent, and Breathe.
Or is it now?

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 05:51:33 PM »
It's not a song I enjoy listening to on record, but the 360 live was pretty good.

Chalk that up as another rare U2 song that sounds better live.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 05:51:55 PM »
I don't think it's a classic, but I do think it's a very good song.
Deep in the heart of this place

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guest532

Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 05:53:29 PM »
I guess I haven't thought too much about it before, but I wonder how successful NLOTH (album) would have been if the singles were NLOTH (song), Magnificent, and Breathe.

It wouldn't have made any real difference. 

It was a hugely successful album that was largely responsible for the massive attendances on the 360 tour, at least that was wons' theory.


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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 05:58:47 PM »
It is as flat as a witches tit on the album, another example of modern day u2 over polishing/smoothing things.

BUT - there is a decent song in there as evidenced by this version - which for me would have made a much better addition to the album - it is much more metallic, rawer has better energy and for me comes across with more swagger....album version is neutered for me.


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guest532

Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2020, 05:59:26 PM »
^

I was counting the minutes before an tha posted that.

It does pack more of a punch than the album version though.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2020, 06:01:32 PM »
^

I was counting the minutes before an tha posted that.

It does pack more of a punch than the album version though.

I was as quick as i could be for you, sweetie.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2020, 07:20:19 PM »
Quite good. I enjoy many of the sonic flourishes on the album version, but there's truth to the recording being "flat". One of U2's best of the century.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2020, 07:27:37 PM »
Was it ever opening song on the 360 tour?

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2020, 09:10:03 PM »
The dude from The Guardian has it #10 all-time, which is way overrated. But it is a good song.
First Chair. Last Call.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2020, 09:32:19 PM »
It's an odd sounding song at first , then the vocals kick in , lyrically a little out there but as mentioned above the raw version takes it to where it was going in the studio.........very good
Don't want to be a pain
Don't wanna stay the same

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2020, 11:02:48 PM »
I'll have to listen to the other version more. It hasn't "taken" for me, at least not yet.

The first time I heard this song, which was in late summer 2018, I liked the music but was appalled by the vocal style. I thought it sounded horrible. I came around.

The thing is, that "oh" section really does it for me. It's one of those songs where if I'm not feeling that great, I can listen and by the time that section comes on I've got my fist in the air and I'd like to be yelling with joy  if I lived all alone in Siberia or something. Or - ah, I remember the days of driving a car. You can yell alone in the car. Fuck everybody passing by. I could have maybe, if I were on the highway, gone back to fourth gear and turned up the torque. Or on a back road, peel away on second.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2020, 01:14:37 PM »
LOVE it. had a huge smile on my face when i first listened to it the day it came out.

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Re: No Line on the Horizon - The song.
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2020, 02:11:14 PM »
Meh. I hate the stupid whoa-ooh-ooh-ohs, and the percussion sounds like Larry put a pillow over each drum before hitting them with Nerf drumsticks. And the chorus is abysmal.

PS - Actually those last two issues are true of so much of the band's recent material.
Listen as Hope and Peace try to rhyme,
Listen over marching bands playing out their time.