It's been almost a year now since I woke up one morning during the Toronto Film Festival and discovered that U2 had put a new album in my iTunes. That album, Songs of Innocence, is easily the group's most derided, in large part because a whole lot of people were annoyed at the stunt. Giving the record a few spins, I wasn't enormously impressed -- it felt oddly dull and flavorless, especially considering that the group had worked on it for years.
But the album's latest single, "Song for Someone," has started to catch me off guard as it's begun to show up on radio stations. No revelation, the track is still rather lovely in that late-period U2 kind of way. At some point, I may have to finally give Songs of Innocence another shot.