By U2, from the soundtrack to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Decca); streaming here.
If one squints hard enough, a new U2 album is just visible on the 2014 horizon. In the meantime, the Dublin four has released a song that hopefully wasn’t meant to whet our appetite.
It’s a cut off the soundtrack to the new Nelson Mandela biopic, and, given the solemnity involved with that sort of thing, no one should expect a Bond-film thrill ride.
Instead, we have Bono dripping with sincerity on a modestly ambitious climber with stock U2 moments, though the high-note piano-thumping is atypical. T
he chorus fondly recalls Sting’s finest “free-free” chirps, but the bland lyrics – “Birds fly high in the summer sky and rest on the breeze/the same wind will take care of you and I, we’ll build our house in the trees” – are something other than a Mandela speech.
So, Ordinary Love = ordinary tune.