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U2: Ordinary Love / Breath 10" (Record Store Day)

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Universal
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's always difficult when U2 begins a new era and re-invent themselves. I remember how jarring Desire sounded after The Joshua Tree. I remember how insane The Fly sounded after Rattle & Hum. U2 haven't done a major reinvention like this in a while and it can be easy to forget how difficult it can be to process a new U2's sound.

Of course, years later we have a hard time understanding how shocking and difficult it was when the band which had been playing "New Year's Day" gave us "Pride" and "Bad" or when the band which gave us "All I Want is You" returned with "The Fly." All of these years later it all somehow seems to fit together, but when the new sounds first emerged it was always difficult.

Now, U2 is working with Producer Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Lovage, Rome) and this is the first song of their new sound. At first I was not amazed. It took multiple listenings for me to get inside of it and begin to appreciate just how good a song this really is. I recommend you expect it to take a while for you as well. But it is a beautiful song, with lush poetic lyrics, and a wonderful chorus. It is a new sound for them, but I can also see roots going back to Electrical Storm and even The Unforgettable Fire.

The B-side is the Mandella version of Breathe. Breathe was featured on the previous album, No Line on the Horizon and opened most nights of the 360 tour. However the lyrics used then were the second draft. The original version of the song had been written about Mandella (The Mandella lyrics were actually in the NLOTH album sleeve art.) For the most part, I prefer the album version's lyrics, but I think I like this song better over-all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad timing, but signs of life of u2 December 5, 2013
im so sad, thats a really bad timing.

Nelson Mandela one of the greatest figures of the world died.

The Song is awesome, it has the vibe of ELECTRICAL STORM and of the Cover-Version of THE SAINTS ARE COMING, really good u2 song, but different than previous productions, the sound is fresh

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Will Leave Us Polished Stones... November 21, 2013
After four and a half years we finally have a new song from U2. "Ordinary Love" is a beautiful slice of pop and a welcome return for a band that has been absent for far too long.

All of the U2 hallmarks are here: Bono's passionate vocals, Edge's shimmering guitar, Larry's consistent beats, and Adam's subtle yet groovy basslines. The lyrics are upbeat and inspiring, lending themselves to different interpretations, another U2 trademark. It's a fun and poppy tune that embodies the deep and bright spirit that U2 has always brought to their music. The only real complaint I have is that the song stays on a pretty straight path and doesn't have any real surprises in store. Having more guitar from The Edge would have been nice too, although by now listeners should know he prefers a more subtle approach and isn't one to throw solos around freely.

As a one-off soundtrack song this is a great item for collectors and those just looking for something hopeful and fun. It's great to have these boys back. Now let's keep our fingers crossed that that new album is close at hand.
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