Yesterday, (Thursday, February 27, 2009), I posted a couple articles about the band U2; reviewing the new album, where to purchase, where to listen free and had an issue with U2.com.
I was trying to play U2’s newest album “No Line On The Horizon” on U2.com’s Audio Player when suddenly, it stopped working, and couldn’t be brought back to life.
After fretting and dreaming U2-ish dreams all night;
-including watching Bono roll a gigantic ever-growing cigar to which he kept adding more and more tobacco, and reasoned; ‘ to aid in sending his prayers further, so they might be heard’.
And when I inquired why such a large cigar was needed he said,
“more tobacco, more smoke, the more powerful the prayer….and the more it needs to be answered. ”
Strange dream indeed. Ah! But I digress.
I’ve tried fresh this morning to catch U2.com’s site unaware, and finally hear the entirety of the album once more, hopefully…
Of course! Now, I can see the movie-player-box inside the audio-player, I guess a little patience can get you through the tough times. At least now I can actually get the songs to play,
but only a 0:34 second clip from each song. What happened?
Talk about a let-down.
U2.com’s audio player is schizo!
Yesterday, I was able to hear the entirety of each song, at least for awhile anyway. I use Firefox most of the time if that’s any explanation.
Now, this is really weird, Cedars of Lebanon is playing the full song now. What is the deal with U2.com’s audio player? Is anyone else having these issues?
I checked the user comments left on U2.com’s site on their news article “Tune In” Feb. 24, 2009. and loads of people aren’t even able to play it at all. There are a few users that were able to hear the entire album, I’m wondering if they are subscribed members of U2.com (costs $50, but you get alot of cool new music and gear), that might explain why they can hear more than 0:34 second clips…
But if the free subscribers only get 0:30 second clips then, why is Cedars of Lebanon working just fine, playing in its entirety; over 4 full minutes?. What gives?
What could be happening with U2.com’s free audio player for “No Line On The Horizon”? http://www.u2.com/stream/article/display/id/4592
COMMENTS on “No Line On The Horizon” Clips (what I’ve heard anyway…ha ha)
No Line on the horizon, buzzy……male, almost pretentious, but had a Madonna-esque chilly vibe, grooves into down tempo, that’s about all I get out of the :34 second clip.
Magnificent; one of my fave’s, Animalistic love vibe, very groovy, and driving; the lyrics are a love song directly from Bono himself.
Moment of Surrender; I think of Enya for some reason, secret Celtic-vibe; world beat grows, softly touches then backs off, modern grove, hip, and a new-age feel that “feels good”
Cedars of Lebannon; deep chill groove down tempo, vaguely unsure of his voice, back-up is hesitant, but still warmly reflective and poignant in today’s politics. workaholics, depression, doesn’t play the depressed character very well, too much hope in his voice, back up singers are tip-toeing around his insecurities. (The only song I could play in it’s entirety.)
Unknown caller reminds me of “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” classic Edge guitar licks.
I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight is beautiful, crazy, sweetly mellow , INXS vibe mixed with classic Joshua tree-guitar, Edge is just so edgy! Great lyrics, like it more every time.
“Get on your boots” modern groove male buzz, catchy, and very “Pop”-ish,
“Stand up comedy” is funky ass grovin’, gets better each time, go on “don’t fall down!” Get’s you razzed.
“Fez- being born” is hauntingly surreal, and deeply moving, creeps up on you like a stranger in an alley-way, and leaves it like you’ve just met Jesus.
“White as snow” is pretty as a lullaby, sung to the stars
“Breathe” is tightly wound and in your face, “a tightly held cord”
The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. No Line On The Horizon creept it’s way into my heart, settling right in, making itself comfortable and from a tiny seed has already sprung tendrils of new growth into my mind; already wandering off into U2’s secret garden buzzing with aliveness and realizations once dormant and now awake, (again, and still), we have to make a choice, what is right? This is your wake-up-call, the alarm is blaring in your face and you’ve already hit snooze too many times. Get up and do something.
Ok, this article is getting schizophrenic as well. If you have better luck, or have figured out the U2 Audio Player dilemma, please post a comment. Thank you.
It’s Time to “Get on Your Boots”; U2 is Changing the World, Again. (First article)
U2’s Timely Lyrics Are a Wake-Up Call to “Breathe” U2; The Enduring Political Poets of Our Age Stirring Things Up Again. (Second article)
Listen to U2’s New Album! U2’s Free Player
No Line On The Horizon is released on Friday Feb 27 in Ireland,
Monday March 2nd in the UK
and Tuesday March 3rd worldwide.
The first single, ‘Get On Your Boots’, is available from iTunes now and on general release.
Buy from iTunes in the UK
From iTunes in Ireland
From iTunes in the USA
From Amazon UK
“Breathe” And “Boots” Friday Night, BBCRead about
The band at BBC TV Centre in London today, recording two songs for the Jonathan Ross show which airs on BBC 1 tomorrow night . ‘Breathe’ took the roof off , and only the second time they’ve played it live..
iTunes in the UK
iTunes in Ireland
iTunes in the USA