Night and Day

Well, this is interesting. Given that the other cover to b-side “One”, “Satellite of Love“, is pleasant but hardly inspiring, the reasonable listener wouldn’t expect too much from this. Furthermore, if “Satellite” is the somewhat conventional choice, then surely taking on a Cole Porter song, and not a terribly obscure one at that, is just downright MOR to the hilt.

Bizarrely, it turns out not. Instead, they’ve gone all madly futuristic and dark, like some cartoon supervillian declaring, “when the world is mine, there will be no guitars; only keyboards and fucked-up techno weirdness! Mwahahahaaa!”. There’s that initial couple of bars of bare drum machine, before a thwacking great big bass synth blasts in, and synth strings hover. Tremolo shivers and vaguely Arabic timbres creep in, playing on the nature of a song (supposedly) written in Morocco. To top it all off, Bono engages in some incredibly melodramatic singing that makes him sound like he’s genuine when singing lines like And this torment wont be through/Until you let me spend my life making love to you, a sentiment that shows that, for all their string-infused slushiness, those old Great American Songbook pieces were often capable of being dark, sinister and creepy too.

Perhaps the most interesting elements are those little, often brief features that seem to crop up elsewhere in the U2 back catalogue. The tremolo texture, for example, sounds very “Lemon”; some wordless vocals halfway through bear some similarity with those ending “Staring At The Sun”, and the backgrounded bongo playing is a wee bit “Mysterious Ways”. Powerful stuff.


~ by 4trak on June 9, 2008.

One Response to “Night and Day”

  1. […] got mixed up in this – it started as a basic love song (Though I want to be with you, be with you, night and day), which is obviously still there, and the band’s renewal in the aftermath of October also […]

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