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U2: 'Get On Your Boots'

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U2: 'Get On Your Boots'
Released on Monday, Feb 16 2009

"I don't wanna talk about wars between nations," sings Bono on U2's comeback single, proving if nothing else the Irishman still has a sense of humour. In fact, 'Get On Your Boots' finds the rock giants in surprisingly light-hearted mood. There's a dark underbelly to the lyrics ("Rockets hit the funfair, Satan loves a bomb scare"), but Bono's cries of "sexy boots" and Edge's buzzing riffs have a refreshing innocence lacking from recent U2 records.

The band's well-thumbed rhyming dictionary is put to the test here ("dark dream", "ice cream", "submarine", "gasoline") and the track's laid-back funk bears more than a passing resemblance to Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues', but it still stands up favourably in comparison to the mechanical stadium rock of 2004's Atomic Bomb disc. While the Eno-produced No Line On The Horizon promises to be a more serious affair - track titles include 'Cedars Of Lebanon' and 'Moment of Surrender' - for the time being it's great to hear U2 having fun again.

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