Silly me. U2's No Line on the Horizon has been streaming on MySpace for 5 days now and here I am going on about French television.
Just listened to it in full, twice. Immediate reaction: Roughly half of the album is brilliant, the best music they've made in quite a while. Imaginative, epic, utterly different to any current rock music, with surprising musical touches and good lyrical ideas.
The other half seems lodged into the album to make it more commercially palatable. Just a bit by-the-books for my taste. Though it's possible I'll change my opinion in the future.
I'll have a longer review later (possibly tomorrow).
To be loud and clear: the good songs are very, very good. Masterful, even.