Can’t Help Falling In Love

OK, so this is actually a Bono solo thing – on record. It turns up here because ZooTV saw a whole slew of performances, and also because of the band’s apparent penchant around the ZooTV era of doing endless and somewhat non-radical covers – see “Satellite of Love“, “Fortunate Son” and “Paint It Black” – as if to reassure Joshua Tree fans that they hadn’t changed that much, really, under all the hyper-confusing stage shows, belly dancers, and Trabants. On record (and the live version isn’t vastly different), Bono actually succeeds a little better than on the likes of “Paint It Black”, not least because the song’s frail tremolo guitar tone removes the song out of Elvis’ shadow, and as a natural tenor, Bono doesn’t aim for Presley’s irksome baritone either. Not up there with the barnstorming “Night and Day“, but it’s not a waste of 123 seconds either.

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~ by 4trak on June 19, 2008.

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