Cedars of Lebanon (song)
|"Cedars of Lebanon"|
|Song by U2|
|from the album No Line on the Horizon|
|Released||27 February 2009|
|Songwriter(s)||U2, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois (music); Bono (lyrics)|
|Producer(s)||Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno|
|No Line on the Horizon track listing|
"Cedars of Lebanon" is a song by Irish 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" and who "observes "this shitty world" where the aroma of a rose "lingers and then it just goes". The song samples producer Brian Eno's collaboration with Harold Budd, "Against the Sky", from the 1984 album The Pearl.
In a review of the album, Jon Pareles of The New York Times called the song "a somber meditation on war, separation and enmity". 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". 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."
- Donovan, Patrick (27 February 2009). "No Line On The Horizon". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
- Kootnikoff (2010), p. 139
- Pareles, Jon (2 March 2009). "Last Gang in Town". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Patashnik, Ben (26 February 2009). "No Line on the Horizon". NME. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- Zuel, Bernard (28 February 2009). "U2: No Line On The Horizon (Universal)". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
- Owens, Catherine (2009). No Line on the Horizon (Box format hardback book). U2. Interscope Records. B0012638-00.