Monday, February 14, 2005

I was reading the Chicago Tribune's article on the Grammys when I read that U2 performed Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own instead of Vertigo. I rushed downstairs to tape the remainder of the Grammys, only to turn on the television to find U2 halfway through the song. Their performance was great: stately, dignified, classic.

If that's to be my only break on Valentine's Day, I'll take it. In fact, I'm sitting here now, with tears in my eyes, listening to SYCMIOYO on repeat.

U2's minimalist performance of "Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own" was characteristic U2, sincere and brilliant.
- National Review Online

U2's luminous performance stands out in stark relief

The moment: In refreshing contrast to the spectacles that punctuated the rest of the show, U2 performed a heartfelt and unadorned Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own against a backdrop of white light. The focus never strayed from the music, a melancholy plaint with an invigorating chorus. No flailing dancers or street-chic costumes or gimmicky mash-ups.

Why it's momentous: U2's latest eruption turns up the heat for a sweep at next year's Grammys, when their How to Dismantle an Atomic Bombis eligible, and intensifies excitement for the upcoming Vertigo Tour. The band's global dominance also makes one wonder: Is the Irish quartet closing an era of rock giants? Or in 25 years, will the Grammys be grooving to the latest tune by Maroon 5, just dubbed 2004's best new artist?
- USA Today

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