Top 5 “U” Artists
Not the strongest of letters. Far from a dismal group of 5 however!
5. Urban, Keith
TV talent shows have a tendency to make me somewhat nauseous. So don’t hold his foray into that dark area against him: the man can play.
2. Uncle Tupelo
Regrettably, I’m not nearly as well versed in these lads as I am in Jeff Tweedy’s subsequent group, Wilco. What I know by Uncle Tupelo, I like a lot; much like with the Top 5 “F”s, I’m confident in this extrapolation based on my limited sample size.
I was a bigger fan up until university but I must say I’ve become less gaga for Bono & co. over the years. There’s no debating the credentials though and even if I haven’t been enamored with some of their experiments (see: Pop), I applaud their willingness to try new things.
There are songs in their deep catalogue that I don’t think will ever wear thin (Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Stay), others where the magic has worn off somewhat.
Admittedly, I do find myself asking the same thing as the ever quotable Chuck Klosterman: “there is only one question about U2 that really matters, and I’m still trying to figure it out…is Bono for real, or is Bono full of ****?”
I can’t figure it out either, so I guess I’ll keep listening!
Perhaps my favourite U2 record and at least one other “U” review are on tap for this week, enjoy!