Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Power ballads - With Or Without You, U2

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, U2 were a great band. None greater. And in the 80s they made one of my favourite albums of all time, The Joshua Tree. Many may argue with my definition of With Or Without You as a power ballad but I maintain it absolutely is. And there is nothing wrong with being a power ballad.

This is a desert island song for me. I can forgive Bono quite a bit just by listening to this. The terrible sunglasses, the pomposity, the really bad songs that U2 have lazily made, the whole martyr, worthy, listen to me I am God schtick. I can go some way to forgiving most of it because oh my word, he was sexy.

Quite simply, if you don't like this song, what is wrong with you? Do you have a soul? Answers on a postcard or leave a comment.


  1. I have a soft spot for old Bono - I let him get away with far more pomposity than any other star! I saw U2 two years back and this song....how something so simple can fill Wembley stadium I'll never know. I had such shivers...

  2. I can forgive talented people quite a lot.


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