Rewind: U2 – ‘With Or Without You’

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The guys from U2 have totally been a big deal lately, and they’re back again with the first single from their fifth album,¬†The Joshua Tree… and it’s absolutely bitchin’! Although the beginning is quite slow and it doesn’t follow a verse-chorus structure,¬†‘With Or Without You’ provides a slow yet very satisfactory ascension towards an explosion of voice and guitars that isn’t aggressive or disruptive – and that’s what makes it a mood, not just a song.

Along with its poetic lyrics, it has the power of getting you to look think about *that* person who drives you crazy but without whom life isn’t quite the same. The thoughts go on, and on, along with a combo of guitars that reminds me of Bowie, until Bono hits some insane notes that bring you back from whatever galaxy it might have sent you to. It’s a brill track, and I’d be super surprised if it didn’t become a huge classic in like 30 years.

‘With Or Without You’ was released in 1987 via Island Records¬†

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