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U2's New "Horizon"

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The new U2 album recalls some of the group’s classic recordings. But skeptics are asking how often one band can return to the basics. In another Soundcheck Smackdown, we debate "No Line on the Horizon." Plus: the sultry and eerie songs of singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell, live in our studio.


Eleni Mandell

Smackdown: U2

U2 is celebrating the release of its 12th studio album with five performances on "Late Show With David Letterman," an art installation in Los Angeles, and a world tour this summer. But as rock's premier band revs up its promotional engines, we dare to ask: Is "No Line on the ...

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Eleni Mandell

Over six albums, Eleni Mandell has crafted sultry, urban folk songs from reliable raw materials like jazz, Nashville, and the music of Tom Waits. On her latest record, "Artificial Fire," the L.A.-based songwriter set out to explore lost love and her "inner teenager." The result: one of her best albums ...

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A New Line on the Horizon?

Rock needs U2. Rock music has always been about larger than life characters, big sounds, over the top emotion and drama (on stage and off) - everything writ large, on an arena-sized scale. And the iconic rock acts have ...