It’s interesting the way that online music has changed my listening habits. In the past I would get a new cd, and it would reside in my car’s cd player for quite a while if I enjoyed it. So I would get a pretty good feel for how I felt about the album in a reasonably short time.
Since I’ve been using mp3 players as my primary source for music, I’ve been listening to a broader range of music. On the other hand, I don’t spend as much time with a particular album. In fact, I don’t generally even listen to albums in their entirety. Instead, I just make playlists of songs.
There are a few artists whose albums I’ll set aside for listening. One member of this select group is U2. I downloaded their most recent release, No Line On The Horizon, shortly after it was released. I’ve been listening to it off and on since then (more “off” than “on” lately though). My general impression is that it’s a pretty solid piece of work. It’s not as good as Achtung Baby, but I do think it’s better than How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb overall.
The standout tracks for me are Moment Of Surrender, Magnificent, and Stand Up Comedy. Of course, this could change as I listen more. I’ve found that some of their music takes a while to grow on me. A perfect example of this is I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight. I didn’t particularly care for it when I first heard it. The title struck me as too cutesy. But the catchiness of the tune eventually got to me.