[quote name='MacFoley wrote:
liljbau']I LOVE No Line.........I think it majorly kix the ass of All that You Cant Leave Behind......I just think the critics and music industry made too much over it....which , in my opinion means "overrated"
our boys , in my opinion , did NOT reinvent themselves the way they did for Achtung Baby....i dont think it was incredibly cutting edge or anything like that
I just think its a majorly kick ass album .....my favorite of their last 3, definitely in my top 5 faves
I find your points interesting. I remember reading the reviews for the album and enjoying some reviews I find your comments on the critics view of No Line stand out. I would say the first 4 songs on No Line kind of look back at The Unforgettable Fire album that almost seem they would fit around this era. The fact that Eno and Lanois are a big part in U2 albums, UF being the first one, it just feels that way to me. So it is not really anything "groundbreaking" but it is still new sounds from a modern U2. Take Dissapearing Act from the UF sessions, to me that sounds like a No Line song even though it was originally written in 1983-1984.
Fez sounds like it came from Passengers, but I do like that song a lot.
Get On Your Boots kind of spoils the album for me and I'll Go Crazy as the weakest songs on there.
White As Snow is truly underrated. I love that song, probably one of the best songs they have written in the past 12 years.
Cedars is lush! Shame we never got to hear these songs on the 360 tour. They really missed a trick to pull them out. Maybe we might see the light of day of them when they tour next...
Oh and yeah, hahaha, In A Little While is a pussy song!
There always seems to be a few songs on U2 albums that are somewhat weak (except Achtung Baby, JT, and UF imo). But as far as full albums go, I feel No Line has fewer weak songs than the other commercially successful albums from the 2000s. That's why I see it as being underrated - as far as commercial success goes (which is different I realize than what Liljbau is saying about critic views).
Anyways, I think we agree that No Line is great in so many respects.....just wish the band felt the same.