Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and after making twenty posts, I realized that I have only reviewed one rock song (Mick Jagger’s “England Lost (Remix)”). Saying that I enjoy rock every now and then and most of my followers love that genre, I decided to do another one. So, I looked on iTunes to see what new rock songs have come out and see that U2 recently released a new single.
U2 has been around for a long time now. I’d say that they are one of the few classic bands still together today. Starting with “The Joshua Tree” in 1987, they have since released at least 16 full length projects. That’s dedication! I could not go into all of the amazing history this band has, so I recommend checking out the 4-part series fellow music blogger musicenthusiast just made on the band. It goes a lot more in depth than I ever could in one introductory paragraph, so I’d check if out if I were you.
I will tell you, though, a bit of my background with them. When I was really young, I loved these guys because one of my friends did. Even though I could not rattle off to you a list of their songs, I am familiar with their modern style, usually giving a bit of a pop rock feel to their songs. I enjoy hearing them when they are on the radio, so I am ready to listen this song. Let’s check out U2’s “The Best Thing About Me”
“When you look so good, the pain in your face doesn’t show
When you look so good and baby, you don’t even know”
Alright, U2 is starting off good here. As the title suggests, this is a love song, and this is Bono complimenting his girl here. Not too shabby.
“When the world is ours but the world is not your kind of thing
Full of shooting stars, brighter as they’re vanishing”
Continuing the theme of the first two lines, Bono here is expressing how this girl he is talking about is not like others. It makes her feel like a special character and separates the two from all of the other lovers in the world to the listener’s mind. Again, not bad.
“Oh you’ve seen enough to know it’s children who teach
You’re still free enough to wake up on a bed or a beach”
I have heard the expression that children are the best teachers or something like that, but what are the children teaching here? There is really no context. Are they teaching about love? I mean, kids do not know too much at all about that subject. They love one toy the first day and another the second. If you are looking for the love of your life, you should most likely not trust a kid’s advice. However, the next line is pretty nice, expanding on how she is disconnected from the world (in a good way) from the earlier lines.
And then the song jumps right into the chorus, adding some great, glossy guitars.
“You’re the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy”
The best thing that ever happened…a boy? Um, Bono, I think you forgot a preposition there. When I first heard the song, I was kind of stunned by this. Yes, I know I review rap songs with bad grammar and never judge them for it, but they do it to keep a consistent flow. All Bono had to do was take out the “ever” and add “to” and it would all make grammatical sense.
I’ve also looked up the meaning of this line and came across a few theories, but they were all so stretched that it just sounded like they were trying to make the line make sense. It’s just bad grammar, that’s all.
“You’re the best thing about me
I’m the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You’re the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You’re the best thing about me
The best thing about me”
I like the rest of the chorus, though. The whole “You’re the best thing about me” sentiment is pretty generic, but really nice, especially over the poppy guitars. The relationship is somewhat volatile with lines like “I’m the kind of trouble you enjoy” and “The best thing are easy to destroy”, but I think that is what they both like about the relationship. It makes for good song content, too.
“I been crying out, ‘How bad can a good time be?’”
You know, I never understood these kinds of “It feels good so it can’t be bad” lines. This is not the only song I have seen it in, and they usually all relate to love. But, stuff that feels good can lead to bad things. Really bad things. Are all love-struck musicians Hedonists? Just relating to bad things that could happen in love, you could get STDs, stuck in an abusive relationship, break up and become a masochist/sadist, and a lot more. If everyone could just stop using those kinds of lines, that would be great. (I’m only a music review site with forty-something followers, though, so I doubt my opinion on that will really carry any weight).
“I have everything but I feel like nothing at all
There’s no risky thing for a man who’s determined to fall”
At least this set of lines is good. For being so famous, Bono is saying that he actually does not have everything as most would assume, and follows this up by saying that he tries to get himself to fall so he does not have to feel like he does any more. It’s a bit gloomy, especially over the upbeat instrumentals, but it can also be construed to fit with the love theme of the song.
“Why am I
Why am I walking away?
Why am I walking away?”
You know, I’ve realized that this kind of sounds like a Coldplay song. Nothing against either band, it is just an observation. But, I feel if you were to replace to guitar with some synths and add a couple short instrumental breaks, Chris Martin’s voice would go perfectly over it.
Overall, U2 did not fail to disappoint. The instrumentals are quite nice, actually. I know some people rip on pop rock for being too “pop”, but I do not always mind it. As long as they are able to make good songs with the genre, I am fine with it. Bono’s voice stays generally good (except for one part where his voice cracks weirdly, but it is only in one line of the song), and the lyrics, while not introspectively deep or anything, make the song flow nicely. I would give this song a 4 out of 5. Do you agree?
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