“Get On Your Boots” is a rocking tune that features a heavy, driving rhythm courtesy of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr., and some delicate vocal harmonies from the Edge as he sings “you don’t know how beautiful you are.” Bono’s lyrics included references to rockets, Satan, God, bombs and “wars between the nations”. His voice alternates between his trademark croon and a high falsetto. A breakdown happens towards the end of the song where Bono repeatedly sings ”Let me in the sound” over staccato notes from the Edge before the band launches back into the song’s main riff.
The song has received mixed reviews from fans, some comparing it to the band’s 2004 single, “Vertigo,” while others have said it sounds a bit like Elvis Costello’s 1978 hit “Pump It Up.”
“Get On Your Boots” was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. It will be included on the band’s upcoming 12th studio album No Line on the Horizon, which will be released March 3rd. No Line on the Horizon is the follow-up to the group’s 2004 Grammy-winning album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
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