A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Monday, February 23, 2009

Finally, U2's new album is ready to debut!

I posted about U2's new album several months ago hoping for a November, 2008 release, but there was a delay and it will be available for sale beginning March 3.

How U2 connects with me is I followed them while in High School/college and then kept on following them. Drawing on Christian themes and remaining a secular band (although rough around the edges for some Christian tastes) these Irish guys seem to know how to sing/play to our deepest longings. Early in their career, they had a song, "40" based on Psalm 40. I remember how this song introduced me to this wonderful Psalm.

I believe one of Cedarville University's professors has contributed articles on U2's music and the Christian faith. Those who have been to their concerts (they're considered one of the best live bands out there) have said that it was like they were in worship instead of at a rock concert. Now how does a band pull that off in front of 60,000 fans?

Not that they need extra publicity from me since BBC will have a big interview with them and they'll be performing every night next week on David Letterman, but I can't wait to hear these new songs. It's hard to believe that they will be turning 50 in a year or so.

So here's a sneak preview of U2 performing "Breathe" from their new album. Kind of crazy lyrics, but listen for Christian words like "grace," which is one of Bono's favorite words to use. This song rocks live! Watch...


Jeff said...

I share your enthusiasm for the new album! If you're really wanting to listen now though, they are streaming it on their website and on myspace. I can't wait to dig into these songs. Lenten Blessings to you.

Robert McDowell said...

Thanks for the tip, Jeff. I hear that NLOH will end up being one of their top albums when all is said and done.

Blessings to you as well in this Season of Lent.