The new U2 single “Vertigo” is available today. Officially it’s available on radio, but that seems rather quaint. Several U2 fan sites are either providing or linking to downloads of the song (I’ll let them do the heavy linking)* or you can buy it from iTunes.
The commercial single will be available November 9 along with remixes and the b-sides “Are You Gonna Wait Forever” and a Kraftwerk cover, “Neon Lights.” The full album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb will be available November 23.
So how’s the single? U2 fans weigh in, including some spiritual insights from Beth Maynard (co-editor of Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog) and Tassoula E. Kokkoris. Personally I love it: the punk-rock edge, the grooving bass… it reminds me of a mix of the hard-edge Achtung Baby/Pop sound with the four-guys-in-a-room sound of All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Of course it’s still early to give a full response (it took a good six months to a year for me to fall in love with ATYCLB). It’s not their best ever, but it’s a lot of fun.
Thanks for indulging my U2 appetite.
*For those with legal download qualms, I think it’s fair to say that any U2 fan going to the trouble to find and download an early version of the single will buy the album, the single, the DVD, a concert ticket and a t-shirt when each becomes available.
If there were a legitimate way to buy the song, I’d link to it. “Vertigo” is now available on iTunes.