New U2 Can’t Be Hated On

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We might be young in our reading material, but music-wise, thirty’s coming on hard: We love the new Wilco album, Pearl Jam’s single has us psyched for their fall disc, and we are really feeling U2’s “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” You could probably have a little fun with what would constitute Bono going crazy one night (two glasses of wine … referring to Africa as a country, not a continent, at a dinner party … “Stinging” his wife with a marathon session of tantric sex), but if the song’s burdened with a trite topic, it’s got an unbearable-lightness-of-being execution, especially with the classic Bono-roo chorus, all tingly uplift — think of it, to use his words, as “squeezing out sparks.” The weakest thing here is the video — a cute-sad animation Radiohead would have rejected back when they themselves knew something about spark-shooting.

New U2 Video - "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" [Stereogum]