U2 - Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own - Island - Single Review
U2 Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Island Release Date: 7 February 2005
Even if U2 have fame, fortune and the most loyal fanbase in the world – things that would encourage everyone to give up music and enjoy being millionaires – it seems this band never runs out of things to say. On this single, a tribute to Bono’s recently departed father, Bono reflects bitterly on the fact that you can win over everything you want in life, but you can’t beat death. It’s not a case its B-side is a
recording of the live performance of Ave Maria at Pavarotti & Friends. He seems to tell us that he recognizes his limits, like every human being, and consequently finds relief in God. The Edge’s guitar opening sounds like a new-age instrument, soft and dreamy, until it fades into a more decisive impact, while Bono’s vocals are as heartfelt as ever and make this a very atmospheric track. The whole feel is of resignation and glory, and it’s capable of leaving the listener breathless.