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No Line on the Horizon

U2
Interscope

U2 turned to old cohorts Eno and Lanois and practically made ’em auxiliary members. Imagine Achtung, Baby with more orchestral fill, Pop with fewer club-beat backgrounds but lots of multi-voiced mini-sermons. Despite embarrassing missteps, the rigmarole is regularly justified by high-quality songwriting that calls for dense arranging. Occasionally the insistent efforts of all this world-class talent make a keeper from a mostly-good song. There’s no obvious single. Some could-have-beens swallow up their own choruses, but that seems to serve a major strength of this album. The Edge is in good shape, soloing more than usual. Bono sometimes plumbs new depths of ego-wrestling exasperation, but it’s his contributions that make classics out of “Moment of Forever” and the quiet, fragile “White As Snow.”