Grace (U2 song)

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"Grace"
Song by U2 from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind
Released 30 October 2000
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:31
Label Island, Interscope
Writer U2 (music), Bono (lyrics)
Producer Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
All That You Can't Leave Behind track listing
"New York"
(10)
"Grace"
(11)

"Grace" is a song by the rock band U2. It is the eleventh and final track on their 2000 album All That You Can't Leave Behind.

Writing and recording[edit]

According to lead singer Bono, there are a couple of his favorite people rolled into the lyrics of "Grace" and they personify his favourite word: "It's not a song about people being graceful in their actions but covering over the cracks."[1] He wrote the song thinking about how Grace enters and turns Karma upside down: "Grace interrupting Karma", in his words.[1] For bassist Adam Clayton, "Grace" was a beautiful way to end the album.[1] Bono said, "Grace is the idea I get most excited about, more so than karma. If I have to live by karma then I'm coming back as a frog."[2]

Reception[edit]

A review in The Guardian said of the track, "'Grace' is a weightless meditation with vaguely Buddhist overtones",[3] while Billboard described the track as "a soft, subtle closer, that nicely counters the sonic blast coursing through much of the set."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9. 
  2. ^ Q Magazine (2013). "New Album Info". angelfire.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013. "'Grace is the idea I get most excited about" 
  3. ^ Adam Sweeting (27 October 2000). "Pop CD of the week | The Guardian | guardian.co.uk". The Guardian (London: GMG). ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "U2 > News > Billboard, 09.30.00". u2.com. 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. "A soft, subtle closer that nicely counters the sonic blast coursing through much of the set" 

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