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U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own   Print  E-mail 
Written by Mark Reed  
Monday, 07 February 2005
because sometimes you need insanely devoted fans with big wallets.....

 

It must be hard being Bono. You're a millionaire three hundred times over. You've conquered sex, you can have almost every woman in the world (and a lot of the blokes), and you have most of the world's leaders numbers in your mobile phone. And when they ring, you just put them on hold. But not even you can conquer death. What do you do?

Write a song about it, and turn it into the traditional second-song grand ballad off your album. Soon it will become the touching, torch aloft, heart stopping moment of beauty at a million stadiums this summer as accountants who want a low-rent REM get what they deserve. The problem with U2 is that Bono isn't as smart as he thinks he is, which makes about as smart as most of us. And he really should read more than the Bible : this is, thankfully, one of the few U2 singles of recent times that isn't Bono retelling ancient proverbs from Joshua Tree 33.3

Frankly, this, Bono's tribute to his departed father is as touched and understated as U2 have been in ages. Which still makes it a bit bombastic, but there you are. There is however one moment - the type of moment that can leave a whole stadium breathless with raw feeling - where The Edge chimes in the hymn that resonates in the heart of everyone whose ever lost anyone..  "And it's you when I look in the mirror / and it's you when I pick up the phone / sometimes you can't make it on your own"

Sometimes you can conquer anyone and anything but a memory. We all know how that feels.

The rest of the single though is alternately worthy filler, and redundant remixing. CD1 has a remix of "Fast Cars" (available only in the UK, Japan, on the fancy US box set version of the album) that is actually far superior to the LP cut, and CD2 offers a murkly remix of "Ave Maria" performed by Bono and Pavafuckingrotti. There's also a redundant, identikit average dance remix of "Vertigo". Nice, but when the band have dozens and dozens of ace songs rotting on shelves in Dublin (later to be farmed out for expensive iPod box sets), one can't help but feel a little cheated.

 The DVD is a far better option, featuring two videos, and a fabulous remix of Vertigo by Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor, which sees the track completely revamped. Unlike most NIN mixes which merely sound like NIN tracks, Reznor takes the original song and subtly bends it into a million shapes, cutting end re-editing guitar parts and vocals to make it practically a new song, so it sounds exactly like a fabulous out-take from "Boy", and is worthy of the entrance price alone.

Overall, ok a-side, crap b-sides, and an ace Trent Reznor remix on the DVD. If you've gotta buy it, go for the DVD.

Comments
Alright
Written by Guest on 2005-05-07 14:51:34
I would just like to say that U2 is the greatest band in the world! :) :grin ;) 8)

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