Song of the Day #2,255: ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)’ – U2

u2_songs_of_innocenceTens of millions of people were given U2’s new album for free a couple of weeks ago, and nobody really cared.

The publicity stunt, coordinated with Apple to accompany the announcement of their new iPhone models, netted the band a reported $100 million but simultaneously revealed that they are no longer the “greatest rock band in the world.”

In fact, the massive gifting of their new album, Songs of Innocence, prompted enough bafflement to inspire a hilarious ‘Who is U2?’ Tumblr.

I still count myself among U2’s fans. I would have purchased this album if it was released through traditional means (as it will be in about a month, with a few bonus tracks).

But apart from the hype — and controversy — surrounding its release, Songs of Innocence just isn’t a very good album. The band has been slaving away on this record for the past five years and in all that time managed to produce their most instantly forgettable work.

Forget the world-conquering brilliance of The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. Or the solid late-career triumphs of All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Even 2009’s muddled, uneven No Line on the Horizon had more of a musical identity and purpose than this record.

To be fair, I’ve listened to Songs of Innocence all the way through only twice. Maybe it will grow on me. But my first reaction is that it’s worth exactly what I paid for it, and not a penny more.

[Verse 1]
I was chasing down the days of fear
Chasing down a dream before it disappeared
I was aching to be somewhere near
Your voice was all I heard
I was shaking from a storm in me
Haunted by the spectres that we had to see
Yeah, I wanted to be the melody
Above the noise, above the hurt

I was young
Not dumb
Just wishing to be blinded
By you
Brand new
And we were pilgrims on our way

I woke up at the moment when the miracle occurred
Heard a song that made some sense out of the world
Everything I ever lost, now has been returned
The most beautiful sound I’d ever heard

[Verse 2]
We got language so we can’t communicate
Religion so I can love and hate
Music so I can exaggerate my pain, and give it a name



We can hear you
We can hear you
We can hear you

I woke up at the moment when the miracle had come
I get so many things I don’t deserve
All the stolen voices will some day be returned
The most beautiful sound I ever heard

Your voices will be heard
Your voices will be heard

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,255: ‘The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)’ – U2

  1. Dana says:

    I was about to be jealous that you already have the iPhone 6, but then I checked and I too have the new U2 album, which apparently came when I downloaded the iOS software update. I guess I will end up being one of the millions who needed to look up a way to delete this unwanted album from my library.

    As for today’s song, I don’t find it as bad as other U2 songs and perhaps that’s why U2 fans are not so impressed since they and you obviously like the band’s sound far more than I do.

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