Okay, let me start by saying that any day with new U2 music is a good day.
That said, this isn’t exactly, entirely new U2 music. It’s an album of music from the Broadway production “Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark,” created by U2’s Bono and The Edge.
I already had U2 on the brain quite a bit as is, because I’m going to see the live show on their summer tour in Moncton, New Brunswick. Coincidentally, that is the lone date on the tour with Canada’s Arcade Fire as openers.
I had originally intended to see the much-ballyhooed Broadway production back in December, when I had scheduled a three-day trip to Manhattan with then-girlfriend Jenn.
But of course, I canceled that trip to New York near moments after Jenn canceled our relationship. And as such, I never got to see “Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark.” I did, however, read many reviews of the troubled production and all the drama surrounding it, but I didn’t hear the music; not until today.
I am a firm believer that this great music doesn’t always present itself as such on the first listen. Also, as a longtime radio guy, and relative Broadway neophyte, I’m willing to admit that music written for the Broadway stage shouldn’t always be filtered through the same process that we might listen to a song for inclusion in radio play.
On first listen, this definitely has some moments, it’s definitely interesting, and I’m looking forward to spending a little more time with it on my Father’s Day road trip to Oklahoma.