The first review is out on U2’s new album, No Line on the Horizon.”  The review is not that good.  It’s not terrible, but the reviewer felt the album was “mostly restless, tentative and confused. ”  🙁  I’ll wait for a few more reviews, and a chance for myself to hear some of the songs with my own two ears. U2’s 1997 album Pop was pretty well-maligned, but I didn’t think it was that bad.  I’ll take that back  — I’ll admit that I only liked, hmmm, three songs on the album, which is dismal.

After an almost five-year absence, during which Bono was named one of TIME’s Persons of the Year for his work on global poverty and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band returns on March 3 with an album called No Line on the Horizon. It offers up a few new hits for the wedding playlist, but No Line on the Horizon is mostly restless, tentative and confused. It’s not terrible, but it feels like the work of musicians torn between the comfort of the present and the lure of one last run into the adventurous past.

Let’s hope for the best.  No Line on the Horizon will be released next week on March 3rd.