Cedars of Lebanon (song)

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"Cedars of Lebanon"
Song by U2 from the album No Line on the Horizon
Released 27 February 2009
Genre Rock
Length 4:09
Label Island
Writer U2 (music), Bono (lyrics)
Producer Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
No Line on the Horizon track listing
"Breathe"
(10)
"Cedars of Lebanon"
(11)

"Cedars of Lebanon" is a song by the rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. It is sung in the character of a war correspondent who is "squeezing complicated lives into a simple headline"[1] and who "observes "this shitty world" where the aroma of a rose "lingers and then it just goes".[2]

Reception[edit]

In a review of the album, Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the song "a somber meditation on war, separation and enmity".[3] Comparing the song with "Moment of Surrender" on the same album, NME reviewer Ben Patashnik described "Cedars of Lebanon" as "similarly downbeat but no-less-enthralling", and said that the song "is buoyed by Larry Mullen Jr's martial drumming and a twinkling guitar".[4] The Sydney Morning Herald called the song a "masterful closer", and said that the "backing vocals, ambient noises and restraint seal a deal alongside the atmosphere of philosophical weariness."[5]

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Footnotes
  1. ^ Donovan, Patrick (27 February 2009). "No Line On The Horizon". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Kootnikoff (2010), p. 139
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (2 March 2009). "Last Gang in Town". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Patashnik, Ben (26 February 2009). "No Line on the Horizon". NME. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Zuel, Bernard (28 February 2009). "U2: No Line On The Horizon (Universal)". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Owens, Catherine (2009). No Line on the Horizon (Box format hardback book). U2. Interscope Records. B0012638-00. 
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