September 13th, 2014

U2 Songs of Innocence – A Review

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Written by: Gene

Free iTunes Album – U2 Songs of Innocence – A Review

First let me say that I don’t listen to “secular” bands or music, but for U2 I make an exception.
Second, I normally don’t write reviews for things like this, but I felt compelled to do so.

U2’s members take a look back in this album. You need to remember that they grew up in Dublin Ireland in the 70s, when the Protestants and Catholics were basically at war.

Rather than fall into the religious manipulation offered by the churches, they learned the value and truth in scriptures. They grew up with a deep faith, though not the Americanized Christianity that we embrace here in the states.

They grew up in violent and imperfect times, and each member has their share of cuts and scars from those times. They learned to give and take blows, and they learned to extend and receive forgiveness as well.

As they grew up, God placed influences in their path that would help to mould them into who they are, and in the song “Song for Someone” they have this desire to still be better people. Not be better for themselves, but for the one that they have put their faith in.

As I listened to this, I enjoyed Bono’s pipes as I always do. The band’s style is still one of my all time favorites. The gritty rhythms are there, and the ballads are sobering. All that said, I can see why they gave it away.

The message needs to be delivered. Some who choose to be unaware, might not get it, but you can feel it in the music. There is pain and healing, there is fear and hope, and there is confusion and faith.

Why does the message need to get out?

Because we are living it today, and it is developing faster than we want to realize.

There is war all around, and while it is spiritual in nature, it is disguised as religious. There is a push to wipe out Christianity and establish Islam as the world’s religion, and on the surface it may seen like simple crowd manipulation.

The deciding factor on wether you will make it, will not be on your resolve to maintain your religion, but on your resolve to maintain the scripture of God in your heart.

Satan would love to see the Word of God be eradicated from this planet, because that is where God’s power is. Sadly, we have christians who have no interest in ingesting the scriptures, and therefore live powerless lives.

They have conditioned themselves into placing their faith in the teachings of men, because that is easier to accept. Placing your faith totally in God, requires that you disown your own desires and methods. For some, that is too much to ask.

I enjoyed this album, and got a lot out of it. I was glad that the members of U2 are still holding onto the faith that has helped them through the toughest times of their lives. The history behind the album is a reminder that the Word of God will see us through all situations that we face.

Excerpt from the booklet – “The Rowens at No. 5 had a cherry blossom tree that was the most luxurious thing in the world to me. That family were like a old testament tribe. I learnt a lot from them. The depth and deep discourse of the scriptures. In their company I saw some great preachers who opened up these scary black bibles and made the word of God dance for them, and us. Sometimes I would think it should be the other way round. one minute you’re reading it, next minute you’re in it. Lou Reed, God rest his soul, said you need a busload of faith to get by. That bus was full of Rowens and I was on it.”

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A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.

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