Jimmy Jangles approves U2's new album as being good U2

U2 Songs of Innocence era photo
Old man grampa aint what she used to be?
If you had been worrying that Rolling Stone's review of U2's new album was a bit light, fret no more, Jimmy Jangles is happy to chip in once more.

Many U2 fans had heard the whispers tracking across the internet that U2 was to feature as part of the new Apple iphone 6 announcement but not one person (who wasn't in the know) knew that Apple had purchased U2's new album Songs of Innocence and was was going to release it for free to all their itunes clients. A ballsy move indeed, but exactly the kind of thing U2 haters would love to hate...

Everyone knew U2 had recorded a couple of albums since No Line on the Horizon but had been fretting about their release. Bono and the boys had talked about it often enough, going as far as to say one album was called Songs of Ascent - but now it's Songs of Innocence and it is apparently going to have a sister album, Songs of Experience - thus making a couplet that echoes William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (I wonder how many times that has been googled this week!)

So what of the album? Well let's head back to the last two U2 releases. Ordinary Love was a complete throwaway track which was almost an insult to the U2 brand but Interference suggested there was something there - Edge was sliding away on his guitar like nobody (but let's agree he's no Ben Harper) and so that element slipped through into Innocence. So that gave some hope but Ordinary Love was at the back of my mind. Maybe U2 knew it was rubbish so chucked it on the Mandela film as a kind of here you go, we care about your cause bro but we're keeping the good stuff for ourselves...

The hope has been rewarded in triplicate.

The album plays out as a 'rocker' album - it's what No Line on the Horizon was trying to be. Maybe the fact Brian Eno wasn't around helped things and it gave producer Danger Mouse a chance to give the b(r)and a breath of fresh air. All you need is love.

How fucking good is the heavy riffing on Cedarwood Road? In a word, VERY.

While I first listened to Iris, I wondered if U2 was actually channeling Coldplay in some kind of Viva La Vida way but then I figured Coldplay is just trying to be the new U2 so it all seemed very natural.

Song for Someone is destined to be a U2 classic. Sappy but lovely. The Miracle (for Joey Ramone) is the first track that could be considered a single, if that's really still a word in the music industry lexicon these days. It's throwaway but GOOD throwaway in the same manner that Get On Your Boots was - fun for a time but you're gonna remember better tracks from this album. Did I mention how good Cedarwood Road is?

I'm pretty pleased Every Breaking Wave made an appearance. It was a left over of sorts from the No Line recording sessions and was played live a few times. It has changed immensely since it first aired and has had about half the lyrics changed - but that's for the better. Aye Aye captain!

It's nice just to hear the bass turned up.

While the haters are naturally gonna hate and there's gonna be some backlash from the way this album has been dumped on itunes users (well not really dumped, despite what the witty folk think, one actually has to download the album to get it on to your iphone or device) this is a really strong U2 album and no one should lose sight of that in the wake of the promotional cadence.

The album has some cracker tunes, and this U2 fan appreciates the definite rock vibe the album gives - it's a modern U2, it's as I said, the mood that No Line was desperately trying to evoke. If we could consider that album as a slight misstep for a band like U2 (I still really like it but it's no Achtung), this is a return to form much in the way All That You Can't Leave Behind was - form which How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb carried on (Original of the Species has become one of my favourite U2 songs).

So, a gushing review based on a handful of listens. Time will tell if this album stands up as a good U2 album, but I'm pretty confident it will be. What ever happens, it's a better album than most other releases this year will be which really is just this fan's way of saying, I'm never checking out of the Million Dollar Hotel.

Also, the deluxe version of the album features to additional songs, Lucifer's Hands and The Crystal Ballroom.

U2 have announced a new album, Songs of Experience which serves as a companion piece.

It's a galaxy so far away

star wars birth day cake

Loyal readers may know I've spent most of my internet time over the past year working on a Star Wars blog, In a Far Away Galaxy and we realised it's that blog's birthday. Well it was last month.... Time has flown by faster than a Ewok chasing some stomr trooper skull. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Star Wars universe in greater detail, we’ve learnt so many facts about how the movies were made and trivia about the characters and their back stories. We've come along with since this first post pondering if Luke will be in Episode 7 kicking on to another 256! 

Plenty of visits have been made to site and it’s been pleasing to see the numbers increasing every month.

Here’s some of the more popular and interesting posts that we’ve done.

Thanks for visiting the site, we hope you found what you were looking for and more! If you're into crazy films where giant cities, roam then this trivia about the Mortal Engines movie might be for you.

Meet the Scarlet Witch from the set of the Avengers

Elizabeth Olsen Scarlett Witch Avengers

Meet Scarlet Witch from the Avengers. This is a picture from the set of the movie – Scarlet Witch is being played by Elizabeth Olsen.

Check out those boots! 

If you have any questions about Star Wars...

It’s time for a round up on what In a Faraway Galaxy has been up to. We’ve been fairly busy recently covering various myths and inspirations that went into making the movies. We also asked some odd questions. A lot of questions, including whether The Force Awakens is a good name?
Thinking of a Christmas present for someone? How about the U-Wing from Rogue One as a gift idea.

Arise, Sir Optimus Prime

The more we see of Transformers 4, the more I think they've set it in medieval times. Medieval times that feature dinosaurs of course and dangerous robots. Here's the new look Optimus Prime posing with his Knight like sword.

Optimus Prime with Sword from Transformers 4

Arise, Sir Prime indeed. 

Transformers are dangerous

This is a sweet new promotional poster from Tranformers 4. Guess the world hate the robots after what happened to Chicago eh?

Transformers are dangerous

Pictures from day 2 of the Wellington Sevens 2014

drunk cheer leADERs sevens tournament
Let's party!
The All Black Sevens team may have dropped a game in yesterday's round robin, but there was no drop in costume class on the second day of the Wellington Sevens! If you thought yesterday's costume pictures were pretty good, you'll enjoy today's lot, where the crazy drunk cheer leaders have come out to play... and maybe watch some footy!

Looking for some fun?

Costume pictures from the 2014 Wellington Sevens: Day One

fiesta party babes sevens wgtn

Wellington Sevens pictures. You love them. We love them.  So for your viewing pleasure, here's a whole set of costumes and cosplay that the punters proudly showed off during the tournament.

Who cares about the rugby when you have the people of Wellington dressed up in all these random costumes?!

chicken girl costumes
Hen's Night Out?

cheer leader girls cosplayers sevens

courtney love and aime winehouse cosplay
No. no. no

There is no them, there's only us - U2 Lyrics

invisible U2

Here's the lyrics to U2's new song Invisible. The song was released as a single to support U2's RED campaign to assist with the treatment of AIDS.

Invisible lyrics by U2

It’s like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn’t even want the heart you broke
It’s yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won’t be me when you see me again
No, I won’t be my father’s son

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
More than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible

That's right
I’ll be in the invisible world

I don’t dream, not as such
I don’t even think about you that much
Unless I start to think at all

All those frozen days
And your frozen ways
They melt away your face like snow

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
I’m more than you let me be
I’m more than you know
A body in a soul
You don’t see me but you will
I am not invisible
I am here

There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only us
There’s only us
There is no them
There is no them
There’s only you
And there’s only me
There is no them

Invisible is yet another Bono lyric that features a reference to his Father, check out the discussion at Mothers and Fathers.

Update:  U2 have released an album called Songs of Innocence. They might also do an album called Songs of Experience.

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