Sunday, August 01, 2010
august theme day: bright colours AND cd sunday: u2's how to dismantle an atomic bomb
a lot going on today, so i hope you can keep up. for starters, today is the first of the month which means that today is theme day. today's theme of bright colours is captured perfectly by the massive 360 stage from u2's rose bowl concert from last year.
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you might be wondering why i would post a photo that is several months old - well, for starters, this week u2 begins the second leg of their 360 tour - a stretch of shows that was originally canceled after some emergency back surgery. which is exciting news for those of us in southern california who have tickets to the anaheim shows which were originally scheduled for early this summer.
second, today is a sunday which means that i am continuing my top 20 favorite album countdown. today's album happens to be u2's how to dismantle an atomic bomb. this album is one of my favorites for a variety of reasons. for starters, i think it captures both the political and entertainment personalities of the band quite well.
while i struggled to connect with the somewhat predictable lead single, "vertigo", i do think it is an amazing song for a live stadium concert. the rest of the album is filled with songs that i believe will stand as examples of u2's brilliance. songs with deep spiritual and emotional meaning like "miracle drug", "crumbs from your table", and "yahweh", set the depth of the album. but by far my favorite track is the beautiful "city of blinding lights" - which is quite possibly my favorite u2 song.
i know with u2 you either love 'em or hate 'em. bono is certainly in the same polarizing category. and their self-proclaimed title of the biggest band in the world certainly causes some to run the other way. for whatever reason, this has been a band that i've loved for a long time.
1. u2 - the joshua tree
2. dave matthews band - crash
3. cake - comfort eagle
4. blue rodeo - five days in july
5. the beach boys - pet sounds
6. coldplay - viva la vida
7. weezer - pinkerton
8. mates of state - re-arrange us
9. radiohead - ok computer
10. nickel creek - this side