February 28, 2009 ~ 11:27am
As was announced earlier, U2's latest album: "No Line On The Horizon" hits stores this Tuesday March 3. U2.com members got to listen early to the first single "Get On Your Boots" on Jan 19. Let me say it was incredibly underwhelming! Pretty much same for their performance at the Grammy Awards earlier in February. Some of the reviews I've read basically sum up the album as "pretty good music, but not that great". I really hope that the first single is not representative of the whole album.
Anyways, I am obligated to purchase the album. I was about to pre-order it from Amazon, until I realized there are 5 different sets for this album. It comes in "regular" edition CD for ~$10, 2 LP vinyl for ~$20, limited edition "Digi-pack" for ~$25, limited edition "Magazine" version for ~$35, and finally the exclusive limited edition Box set for a whopping ~$65. All with varying extras. Unbelievable. Of course, one would hope to think that all these limited editions will become worth much more in the future.
Admittedly I have paid for a super deluxe limited edition in the past. And I do have the How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb Limited Edition, which apparently now costs double what it was in 2004. However if it still is available to purchase, how does it make it "Limited"? The thing about that set was all the extras were disappointing and the DVD had almost nothing cool on it, given that it was a pretty good album.
Anyways the thing that bothers me is that since I haven't heard the album in its entirety, I don't even know if I will like all the music. Does it make any sense to pay for all the extras? Also, I really like the pictures, but unless I get to flip through them once, I don't know if I will want them. And I don't know if 20 yrs down the road when the pictures become extra "cool", I will regret not getting it. Anyways, I think I will just go with the "regular edition" for now. I'm hoping it sounds great (crossing my fingers).