Miracle Drug

It might be tempting to think that the titular miracle drug is a metaphor for some kind of saviour, but incidentally, it isn’t; instead, it’s the medical breakthrough that allowed Christopher Nolan enough muscular movement to go on and become a prize-winning author, like you do. Given that the God references are kept to one line, sung almost as an aside, there’s something very secular about the lyrical vibe of the song, and ultimately there’s a sense that the miracle isn’t being worked by God. Instead, it’s the other great U2 theme, the Power of People – in this context, the work of doctors and scientists, the mother who refuses to give up, and the child who used what little he could be given and made the most of it. It’s probably the most big-hearted story of positivity and optimism going, and knowing that it’s true stops it from getting too sappy and cloying. It’s arguably this that essentially separates U2 from the pretenders (to name names, the likes of Coldplay, Keane and Snow Patrol).

As for the music, it’s all solid enough, but criticisms of HTDAAB lacking innovation do slightly apply here. Edge gets his first solo vocal turn on an album since (if I remember rightly) “Corpse” off Original Soundtracks 1, and his voice has certainly deviated from Bono’s since that first verse of “Seconds”, providing interesting variety to match a change in tone. That said, the synthesisers during the intro are unnecessary, seemingly existing only to make the song slicker. That said, all band members are on at least solid form, and it’s not like the opening riff is forgettable. Far from it, in fact. Naggingly catchy and genuinely good, then, but in that sense, “Miracle Drug” is somewhat its parent album in microcosm.

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~ by 4trak on May 31, 2008.

2 Responses to “Miracle Drug”

  1. this song has always been an o.k. listen for me. I know some people who love this song, and idk, I just don’t really get it.

  2. […] co-sings the last verse too. Whilst it’s true that Edge sounds similar to Bono here (their voices have diverged remarkably since), it’s actually quite obvious once pointed out – Edge sings somewhat flatter and lower, and […]

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