Not because I think it’s a bad record. In fact I thought it was a pretty amazing gift.
But even I have to admit that it does seem a little rude for even the biggest band of the world to arrive unannounced in your download folder.
So if your first impression of Bono and the boys is their drunken stumbling into your music library, I want to ask you today to give them a second chance.
When I was in high school all the way back in the early 2000s, U2 wasn’t a popular band amongst my peers. We laughed at their pompous attitude and over the top theatrics while we rocked out to such cutting edge acts as Creed.
Even though I mocked the band, something about their music resonated with me. I couldn’t help but sing along on the radio to “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
So I secretly downloaded a lot of U2 music of Napster. And I fell in love.
Now I realize this means there’s a whole other generation after me who’s grown up seeing U2 as their parent’s (or -gasp- grandparent’s) favorite band. I’m fighting an uphill battle here.
But as someone who had to come around to U2, I want to encourage those of you out there who don’t get why Apple would pay millions to gift you their new album.
Here are 8 reasons why you should reconsider before you banish U2 from your iPhone:
1) They played one of the best Super Bowl Halftime Shows of all time:
2) They sound just as good stripped down…:
3) …As they do all lit up:
4) They know how to be Bad:
5) And they know how to be Sweet:
6) They’ve not afraid to share the spotlight:
7) Bono has never been shy to share about his faith:
8) Seriously. U2 has always worn their heart on their sleeve. It’s what I love most about them:
I’m not asking you to fall in love with U2 today. As fan whose life has been touched by their music and understands their downsides, I’m just asking you to give U2 a second chance.
I mean, they did give a you gift and all. It’s the polite thing to do.