Monday, 5 July 2010

U2 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me'

Chart Peak: 2


Another single that peaked at 2! This was U2's first appearance in 10 Now albums, their biggest gap since the remarkable 15-album gap between their second and third appearances: most remarkable because it covers the Joshua Tree era.

Anyway, we find Bono & Co here in the middle of what's typically seen as an experimental period that started with Achtung Baby in 1991 and ended around the time of the first best-of album in 1998. In fact, 'Hold Me,...' doesn't sound all that experimental nowadays, although of course it is fifteen years old. It was an offcut from Zooropa (an album I didn't even know existed until years later) which was pressed into service as the title song from Batman Forever, a film so big even I saw it, although I don't remember much about it except my brother and I mocking the moment when Batman realises that a character called "Edward Nigma" might possibly be The Riddler. The single itself is no masterpiece and like a lot of U2, gives the impression that it thinks it's a lot cleverer than it really is. But it's nowhere near the worst they've ever done and it gets some point for the big orchestral ending which at least makes it sound like part of a soundtrack.

Also appearing on: Now 4, 5, 20, 22, 36, 37, 41, 47, 48, 49, 53, 57 [LMC vs U2], 60, 61, 62, 63, 66, 72
Available on: Best of 1990-2000

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