U2: Ordinary Love

14 Jan

So U2 took home a well deserved Golden Globe for their song ‘Ordinary Love’ from the Soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. I’ve had an up and down relationship with my love of U2, but before hearing this song I had come out on the side of really hoping for at least one more great album from Ireland’s biggest export since since the black stuff. The rumours continue as to a release date for a new album (or three). Spring 2014 seems to be the consensus opinion at the moment. I would love to see them quietly release something without hyping it up to the same level as ‘No Line On The Horizon’.

Ordinary Love is their first new release since 2009 and I think it’s a step in the right direction. While some people seem to be saying its U2 conforming to popular music of the moment, I think its more another case of slightly re-inventing themselves to be more relevant just like they did between 1993’s Zooropa and 1997’s POP.
Ordinary Love is U2 at their core, a song of hope and love with Bono’s vocals still delivering the urgency and call to listen they always have. The chorus will have people all over the world turning up their radios and singing as loud as they can in traffic without a care for who might see them.
It’s by no means the best U2 song (that would be a tough thing to be), but it’s definitely a step towards delivering another album to be proud of.
The most recent rumour is via the bands own facebook page “all about a new song called ‘Invisible’, a track the band will be releasing as part of an initiative with (RED) to support the fight against AIDS. Everybody’s really excited about the song and the band have been shooting the video in LA.” So maybe we will have another U2 song to love or hate sooner rather than later. One things for certain I’ll be hoping for love.

It’s also accompanied by a fantastic video made by the extremely talented Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo.

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