I Threw A Brick Through A Window

At nearly five minutes (4:54 to be precise), this happens to be the longest song from October. By the album’s standards, it’s actually not too bad; once again, it begins with an interestingly lively opening from Larry and – weird as it sounds – that intro is somehow evocative of Underworld. There’s also a steady four-on-the-floor running through the song too. Essentially, it almost justifies its duration, which is more than can be said for some other tracks on the album.

The whole Christian rock thing (indeed, Christianity v. rock thing) is often an overarching and dominating theme of October – and in many cases, makes the album very alienating to either heathens or those faith/beliefs are more critical, another important factor is, of course, that Bono had to improvise pretty much every lyric on the album in-studio. He ain’t exactly divinely inspired here – indeed, it lyrically evokes, albeit slightly improves on, the sort of abstraction seen in “Another Day“, and also evokes imagery from “I Will Follow”; that of being blind, and being bound by walls. Rather than a mother figure, though, there’s an encouragement in the repeated refrain, be my brother, i.e. join the kinship, presumably, of the Christian community.

So I’m still not sold; ultimately, though, the song is at least a step away from the tensionless (and drama-free) glorifying of Jesus/God seen elsewhere with at least that startling image in the title, and the music, whilst still somewhat generically early-U2, is above-par. Can’t blame ’em for trying…

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~ by 4trak on April 20, 2008.

One Response to “I Threw A Brick Through A Window”

  1. If you are DJ-ing house music, this song drops well into a set of militant reggae or dub. Even though it’s got the recurring unity-cry of “be my brother,” the rhythm of this track, as well as its title, make “Brick” a real angry-young-man stomper.

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