Et tu, going downhill
But why am I going to rant ? Because the recent years have seen them slide slowly into oblivion and the sods just don't have the decency to sink without a fuss. When did they jump the shark ? Was it their continual chase of movie soundtrack titles ? Was it Bono and his other interests and activities ? I don't know. But I was blissfully unaware of their forthcoming album until a furore erupted about its leaking onto the net. And now, painfully, I am forced to come to terms with U2 as they are today. Maybe this new album is good shit and will bring back the faithful. Maybe. Achtung managed that once. But there are lots of things about the circumstances of this purported theft which scream "marketing gimmick" to me. Colour me cynical.
And now, a difficult choice. Do I look for this album online ? Do I sample before I enrich one of the record labels with my cash ? and reluctantly, yet firmly, my answer must be no. It's a sad testament to how far they've fallen in my esteem that I value my (admittedly scarce) bandwidth higher than a listen to the goods and a possible buy. But hell, what do I know ? I'm just a 20-something stuck in a early 90s techno timewarp. Hardly your run of the mill music critic here.