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Rock U2 2009 Experimental 00s
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Get on Your Boots. Song Info

Following the success of the previous two albums, which resembled U2's earlier work, No Line on the Horizon is more in keeping with the experimental phase explored in Achtung Baby and Zooropa. "Get on Your Boots" is described by Q magazine as "demented electro grunge employs a proto-rock n’roll riff, but propelled into the future, before taking a sudden hip-hop twist midway through." Rolling Stone magazine has called it a "blazing, fuzzed-out rocker that picks up where "Vertigo" left off." Hot Press described the song as "[…] a thoroughly contemporary, intense electro grunge exercise, with Adam Clayton's powerful bass to the fore, which mixes hip hop influences with shades of the Rolling Stones, Queen, Bob Dylan and The Beatles."

In regard to the song's supposed "throwaway" lyrics, the New York Times mentioned the song had been described by Bono as a "collection of images of [him] taking his family to a fun fair in southern France on the eve of the war in Iraq, with warplanes zooming overhead."In an interview with Catherine Owens in the magazine that accompanied some versions of No Line on the Horizon, Bono elaborated by stating that it was set in a fairground in Nice, France, and that it is a song from a man to his first love Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.