No Line on the Horizon is the 12th studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was the band's first record since How to Dismantle an Atomic Bombmarking the longest gap between studio albums of their career to that point.
The band originally intended to release the songs as two EPsbut later combined the material into a single record. Photographer Anton Corbijn shot a companion film, Linearwhich was released alongside the album and included with several special editions. U2 began work on the 1. Trauermarsch.
In Gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie Ein Kondukt - Rafael Kubelik / Mahler* - The Sym in with record producer Rick Rubin but shelved most of the material from those sessions. Intending to write "future hymns"—songs that would be played forever—the group spent two weeks recording in a riad and involved the producers in Be Aware - Dionne Warwicke* - Dionne songwriting process.
Having grown tired of writing in the first-person, lead singer Bono wrote his lyrics from the perspective of different characters. The group had intended to release No Line on the Horizon in November, but after composing 50 to 60 songs, they delayed the release to continue writing.
Prior to the album's release, U2 indicated that Eno's and Lanois' involvement, as well as the band's time in Fez, had resulted in a more experimental record than their previous two albums.
Upon its release, No Line on the Horizon received generally favourable reviews, although many Bambina Che Sara - Francesco Napoli - Balla Balla: The Very Best Of Francesco Napoli noted that it was not as experimental as previously suggested.
He said, "We're gonna continue to be a band, but maybe the rock will have to go; maybe the rock has to get a lot harder. But whatever it is, it's not gonna stay where it is. Rubin encouraged a "back to basics" approach and wanted the group to bring finished songs to the studio.
This approach conflicted with U2's freeform recording style, by which they improvised material in the studio. It's typical for us, because it's in the process of recording that we really do our writing. He was interested in getting it from embryonic stage to a song that could be mixed and put on a record. Recording during the festival exposed the group to Hindu and Jewish musicSufi singing and Joujouka drums. The exotic influences inspired them to pursue a more experimental sound.
Just that joy of playing. In pre-release interviews, U2 compared the extent of their expected shift in musical style to that of Achtung Baby. Clayton filmed the band's progress during the album's production; these videos were added to the subscribers' section of U2. These "beach clips" were What You Want - Miskate - Drillbit EP to YouTubebut removed at Universal Music 's request.
In DecemberU2 recorded at Olympic Studios in London, putting the finishing touches to the album  FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon making several changes to its content.
The group had planned to release the material as two extended playstitled Daylight and Darknessbut during these sessions decided to compile the best songs onto one album. But then again, last week was definitely the last week of recording, and the week before that. Lineara film directed by Anton Corbijnis included with the digipak, magazine, box, and deluxe iTunes editions of the album. In Maythey commissioned Corbijn to create the film.
The film is based on a story by Corbijn and Bono, and includes several of the characters Bono created for the album. In FebruaryBono stated that by the end of the year, U2 would release an album consisting of unused material from the No Line on the Horizon sessions.
Bono labelled it "a more meditative Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Roberta, 1933) - Kiri Te Kanawa - Kiri Sings Kern on the theme of pilgrimage". Over time, the album continued to be delayed. In AprilU2's manager Paul McGuinness confirmed that the album would not be finished by June, but indicated that a release "before the end of the year [was] increasingly likely.
He also noted that U2 were working on a potential album of club music in the spirit of "U2's remixes in the s". After numerous delays, U2 digitally released their thirteenth album, Songs of Innocenceon 9 September in a surprise release. The band appeared the same day at an Apple Inc. In OctoberBono said that Songs of Ascent "will come" and that the group views it as the third release in a possible trilogy of albums.
During the Hanover Quay sessions inBono indicated that he had become "tired of [writing in] the first-person", leading him to write songs from the perspective of different characters. He invented "a traffic cop, a junkie [and] a soldier serving in Afghanistan. The narrative the group originally planned for the album was broken up in the sessions' final weeks with their changes to the track listing.
The final third is composed FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon songs that are "unusual territory" for the band. The lyrical idea of a place "where the sea meets the sky and you can't tell the difference between the two" and the vocal delivery were both present from the start. The band wanted a track that felt euphoric, and the melody, created from a series of chord changes during a jamwas worked on continuously by Bono.
The drug addict character appears in the songs " Moment of Surrender " and " Unknown Caller ". Eno and Lanois said the song is the closest to the group's original concept for an album of future hymns. In "Unknown Caller", the character is suicidal and, while using his phone to buy drugs, begins receiving cryptic text messages with technology-inspired directions. The guitar solo at the song's conclusion was taken from the backing track. The riff was altered and a chorus of "for your love" was introduced.
This version was discarded as the band came up with a new riff and lyrics, only retaining the "for your love" vocal. The sounds of a Moroccan marketplace were also added. The faster section of the song, "Being Born", was altered into the same key as "Fez" and Lanois placed the two sections together, creating the one song.
The song's melody was based on a sample of "Against the Sky", a track Eno and Lanois had collaborated on with Harold Budd for the album The Pearl ; the group noted that the ambience of the song was "like a direct throwback to the early 80s".
He said, "We're just finishing the vocals. Bono's in great form, singing fantastic. The gap between How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and No Line on the Horizon 's release was the longest of the band's career to that point. Universal Music Group took extreme measures to prevent the album from leaking, offering pre-release listening sessions for critics instead of sending out review copies. However, Universal Music Australia's online music FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizongetmusic.
The complete album FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon on the website for a short time before it was removed, and the accidental sale led to the album's being leaked and shared across the Internet. The Edge stated, "The one good thing about that is a lot of our fans have already given us their thumbs up.
Even though it was fans getting it for free. The album covers are similar, though No Line on the Horizon has a white border around the image, and Specification. Fifteen has a box at the FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon of the cover with the names of the artists and the album.
No Line on the Horizon was released in five physical formats, three of which—the digipakmagazine, and box formats—were limited editions.
A page magazine was included in the magazine release. Two reissued editions—black vinyl and a limited-edition "ultra-clear" vinyl—include the album on three sides, with remixes of "Magnificent" and "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" on side four. Four singles were planned from the album,  although only three were released. No Line on the Horizon received generally favourable reviews.
At Metacriticwhich assigns a weighted average rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 30 reviews.
In a less enthusiastic review, Time Out Sydney felt that the album is unfortunately Brian Eno's new album rather than U2's: "for all that's new, there's no way that you'll mistake it for another band.
It's the least immediate U2 album in years, but one that diehard fans will enjoy living with". Sales of the album stalled midway through During the first leg of the tour in Europe, the band typically played songs from No Line on the Horizon early in the set. Eight months after No Line on the Horizon ' s release, Bono said he was disappointed with the album's sales.
We felt that the 'album' is almost an extinct species, and we [tried to] create a mood and feeling, and a beginning, middle and an end.
And I suppose we've made a work that is a bit challenging for people who have grown up on a diet of pop stars. There might be one song that gets to be big on the radio, but they're not albums that people This is one that I gather from talking to people.
Four months later, they're saying, 'I'm really getting into the album now. Lillywhite believed that the African influences had not translated well onto the album, remarking: "It's a pity because the whole FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon of Morocco as a big idea was great.
When the big idea for U2 is good, that is when they succeed the most, but I don't think the spirit of what they set out to achieve was translated. Something happened that meant it did not come across on the record. He added, "I think probably we should have said, 'It's an experimental work. That's what it is. It turns out that we're not as good as we thought we were and things got in the way. Additional production. Adapted from the liner Le Jet DEau (Poème de Charles Baudelaire) - Ravel* / Debussy* - Anne Sofie Von Otter, Alison Hagley. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the album. For the title track of this album, see No Line on the Horizon song. Mercury Island Interscope. It sounded kind of like 'world music' add-on. I'm sure it would have got a few people saying, oh, how FEZ – Being Born - U2 - No Line On The Horizon , they've broken out into North African music, but actually it just didn't sound convincing. We were very impressed by the music while we were there, but there was no realistic or emotionally satisfying way of marrying it using the music that we were doing, so in the end not very much of it at all showed through.
These are very personal stories even though they are written in character and, in a way, they couldn't be further from my own politics. But, in the sense of the peripheral vision, there's a world out there. As the old blues song goes, a world gone wrong. You can feel it just at the edges—the war in Iraq, the dark clouds on the horizon. But there is also a deliberate shutting out of that in order to focus on more personal epiphanies. Based on the hymn "Veni, veni, Emmanuel", "White as Snow" describes the last thoughts of a dying soldier in Afghanistan.
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