Friday, February 27, 2009

U2 album a hit, Bono campaigning a miss: critics

LONDON (Reuters) – Irish band U2 releases its 12th studio album on Monday, and while reviews are generally glowing, critics argue that lead singer Bono's dual role as rock star and campaigning "saviour" may be meddling with the music.

"No Line On The Horizon" hits the shelves in Europe on Monday and in the United States on Tuesday, and, as one of 2009's biggest record launches will be closely watched by a business seeking to reverse deep declines in album sales.

No one believes U2 alone can save the music industry, just as no one believes Bono alone can alleviate global poverty, but there is plenty riding on the group's first album in over four years being released by Vivendi's Universal Music Group label.

An early contender for biggest record of the year before it even goes on sale, No Line has been described as the band's most experimental album since 1991, and possibly its best since then.

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