I’m handing my blog over to my lovely daughter so she can review the new U2 album. As she notes, I got her listening to U2 when she was little. I remember when “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” came out. I was playing it for her once. She loved the song, “Stuck in a Moment” and I would play it for her on the CD player in my car. Once we were listening to it and “Elevation” came on. Bono’s high falsetto started the song and she said, “What is Bono stuck in now?” I couldn’t help but laugh. So without further ado, here’s Abigail’s review:
Hello fellow bloggers and blog-readers. My name is Abigail and I am Ray’s 15-year-old daughter. My dad wanted me to do a music review for the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence. I honestly do not think I would be as interested in U2 if it weren’t for my dad. Because of him, I have been listening to U2 since before I can remember. If I were to compile a list of all of my favorite artists, U2 would definitely be at the top (with 5 Seconds of Summer close behind).
I love U2 and I love them for many reasons: their music is the bomb, they’re creative, they’re inspiring, they’re all wonderful musicians, they’re religious, and the list goes on. I always get really excited when one of their songs come on in public like at Wal-Mart or something. One time I was at Six Flags in Atlanta, Georgia and Beautiful Day came on in the middle of the park and it was so amazing.
Anyway, about the album. I was sitting with some friends after school one day and my dad calls me to tell me about the new album and that is was free on iTunes until sometime in October. Needless to say I was extremely thrilled. So that night when I got home I downloaded the album and listened to it while getting ready and riding to school the next morning (I’m actually listening to it right now as I am typing this). I immediately fell in love with the album.
“I’m starting to think that maybe this generation will start liking U2 as much as the last.”
The first song, The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), amazed me. The part that really caught my, uh, ear, was the part with the electric guitar in the beginning and the middle and the end when it is only the guitar. That part is so cool. There is this one line in the song that I didn’t really even notice before my dad pointed it out to me (even though I had already listened to the song multiple times by this time), it says, “language so we can communicate, religion so I can love and hate, music so I can exaggerate my pain,” It was more the thing about music he pointed out to me. I then realized how true that was. Sometimes the pain we experience isn’t really even all that bad but we convince ourselves it is and make/listen to music to amplify the thing we are feeling.
Another one of my favorite songs on the album is Iris (Hold Me Close). Bono wrote this song for his deceased mother (whose name was Iris). This song is incredibly beautiful and when the pre-chorus comes you just can’t help but smile. In the bridge, there’s this one line that says, “She said ‘free yourself to be yourself, if only you could see yourself,‘” and I think that is beautiful. There’s another line that says, “Iris standing in the hall, she tells me I can do it all,” This song is really just Bono remembering his mother in this wonderfully passionate way. It’s so sweet.
In my history class, all we really do is take notes and while the teacher is teaching, we kids usually multitask by taking notes, listening to the teacher, and listening to music with one earbud in. I’m pretty sure our teacher knows we do this but he’s a pretty calm and chill guy so he really doesn’t care as long as we take notes. Anyway, after taking notes, (this was the day after my dad told me about the new album, by the way) my friend looks at me and asks what I’m listening to. I told him the new U2 album (he was one of the friends I was with when my dad told me about it so I told him about it too), and he goes, “Me too!” and shows me his phone. I thought that was really cool because I didn’t think anybody my age really listened to U2.
Then yesterday, we were decorating for our homecoming after school and my 2 friends that we with me were playing music while we decorated and I was looking through one of my friend’s music on his phone and he had the album on there. And my best friend’s friend also really likes U2 and had the album and I’m starting to think that maybe this generation will start liking U2 as much as the last. There are people of all ages that like U2 and their music and I think that is really cool. Music brings people together. Why do you think we have concerts? It’s just a bunch of people who enjoy the same artist coming together to have a big party with each other and jam out with that artist. Why do people attend music festivals? To listen to the music there and to meet other people who like music just as much as they do.
Being a musician myself, of course I couldn’t resist to try and play some of these songs on the piano or guitar. They’re really fun to play. I always enjoy learning to play U2 songs because, well, I love their music and because the chords and lines and riffs that they come up with to put in their songs are always very creative. It’s always a good challenge to learn them.
So, in conclusion, this album is awesome, I will never get tired of it. U2 is awesome, you should get the album, music brings people together, U2 is and will always be loved by people from every generation, and music in general is just really awesome.
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