A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the "sexy boots" in this song are a metaphor for going to work, and true to the band's counter-culture roots, the work to be done is fixing the world's problems. It's a rocking, danceable song whose lyrics may go over tweens' heads, but could find an audience with teens seeking an inspiring message.
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What's the story?
It took five years for the band to create its newest album, No Line on the Horizon, with GET ON YOUR BOOTS as the first single. Following an online leak, the song has been enjoying a positive response, possibly because the timing of the release coincides with President Obama's call to service. In lyrics like, "Here's what you gotta be / Love & community" U2 is trying to mobilize listeners to get appropriately suited up for the work ahead.
Is it any good?
With a retro, electro, and techno sound, this single is a fast-paced experience that seems to draw on everything from Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Were Made for Walking") to Billy Joel ("We Didn't Start the Fire"). It's a fresh, experimental, approachable track that spotlights classic U2 elements, like Bono's unmistakable vocals along with the band's driving guitar accompaniments. Its anti-war message isn't overbearing, brooding, or judgmental, and seems to aptly tap into a growing momentum among today's
youth to end wars, create community, and help clean up the world's problems.