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And the Grammy Goes

Last year's music brought some truly great moments, but you wouldn't know it from this year's Grammys. Here are my picks and misses for some of the top categories to be telecast Jan. 31.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Alan Scully  |  01-28-2010  |  Commentary

U2's 'Unforgettable Fire' Documents an Early Shift in the Band's Soundnew

Best considered as a warm-up for U2's next album, the classic The Joshua Tree, 1984's The Unforgettable Fire finds the quartet retreating from the overt commerciality of War and, with the help of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, gradually shifting to a more ambient sound.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Hal Horowitz  |  11-10-2009  |  Reviews

The Sound Sucks at Cowboys Stadium -- but the Bands Aren't Helping Mattersnew

Here's the thing: In the wake of all the original excitement over the enormodome out in Arlington, a funny thing's started popping up: discontent.
Dallas Observer  |  Pete Freedman  |  10-26-2009  |  Music

U2's 'No Line on the Horizon'new

No Line on the Horizon follows big, time-tested U2 themes--The Edge's crystalline guitars against Bono's lyrics of love and hope.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  03-12-2009  |  Reviews

Remembering U2's Breakoutnew

Long since resigned to the coffee tables of khaki families or wedged on shelves next to the Bible and The Da Vinci Code, it's easy to forget the widescreen impact of U2's 1987 world-altering breakout.
Orlando Weekly  |  Billy Manes  |  11-29-2007  |  Reviews

Live To Tellnew

Traditional thinking goes that young artists are supposed to forget the past while older ones such as Madonna are seemingly bound by it, and once they venture outside of their fans' comfort zones, they plummet into obscurity.
Miami New Times  |  Jean Carey  |  01-10-2006  |  Music

Perhaps the Band Should Find Some New Hobbiesnew

U2 may not have the power to change the world with its music, but it still has the power of its celebrity.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Nikhil Swaminathan  |  11-17-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

George W. Bush's Anti-War Anthems

The president's unknowing collaboration with a critic produces Bush-bashing with a beat you can dance to.
Columbus Alive  |  J. Caleb Mozzocco  |  08-25-2005  |  Politics

Rock's Minimalist Master: The Expansive Influence of Brian Enonew

From his first conceptual recording in 1965 -- the slowed-down sound of a metal lamp stand being struck overdubbed with a friend reading a poem -- to his new Another Day on Earth, Brian Eno has had an amazing run as a composer, musician, producer, and sonic artist.
Boston Phoenix  |  Ted Drozdowski  |  07-12-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

World Leaders Pretendnew

U2 has gone from the band that mattered most to arguably the most irrelevant.
Phoenix New Times  |  Joe Watson  |  04-19-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Face of Rock and Rollnew

The aesthetic of Generation X's music and clothing, the entire culture, is represented in posters for rock 'n' roll gigs, coauthor Dennis King says.
Houston Press  |  John Nova Lomax  |  02-09-2005  |  Nonfiction

After Elevation, Vertigonew

Even after 25 years, there's still no rock band like U2.
Boston Phoenix  |  Jeffrey Gantz  |  11-29-2004  |  Reviews

Soulful and Sweet Enoughnew

The arrival of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb highlights U2's diminishing skills -- both the "diminishing" and the "skills." A complete deconstruction, with help from Mom.
East Bay Express  |  Rob Harvilla  |  11-22-2004  |  Reviews

The Jazz Tortoise: Charlie Hunter Simplifies the Equationnew

Hunter has a reputation as an absolute monster live. There's a killer instinct within him that comes out in a stage setting, despite his penchant for laid-back grooves.
East Bay Express  |  Eric K. Arnold  |  08-23-2004  |  Profiles & Interviews

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