Feb
15
2009

'Joyous and Liberating'

'The work we did in Fez was the most joyous and liberating part of the whole album process. It was what I had always imagined being in U2 would be about: just playing music for the joy of it with no real end in sight.' Larry speaking to Sean O'Hagan of The Observer in the first, great set piece feature to capture the story behind No Line on the Horizon.

Here's a couple of other extracts:

'...Brian Eno, a man not given to exaggeration, will describe a song that "was hatched almost fully formed in a breathtaking few hours" in Fez as "the most amazing studio experience I've ever had". Which is saying something. That song is called Moment of Surrender, a thing of complex rhythmic beauty and cumulative power, that, as Bono will later point out, occupies the same place on No Line on the Horizon as One did on Achtung Baby. That is to say, it is the emotional centrepiece of a big, overloaded, creatively risky record. "Apart from some editing and the addition of the short cello piece that introduces it," says Eno, "the song appears on the album exactly as it was the first and only time we played it."

'I just got tired of the first-person so I invented all these characters; a traffic cop, a junkie, a soldier serving in Afghanistan.' (Bono)

Great read, take a look
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