So this is the single that's going to "launch" the upcoming Best Of U2
1990-2000. At least it's not a recycled version of an old B-side. However,
there is no sonic surprise, no transformation of U2 from rock band to
some other genre. We're not ready to see them going away from
rock again after their safe return two years ago from their Pop adventure.
The Edge's haunting Memphis chords are here mingling with a sort of
spellbinding sound. It draws you to beyond the U2 looking-glass, the "other
side" where lurk the ghosts of The Passengers' Your Blue Room and
the eeriness of When I Look at the World.
It's produced by William
Orbit, one of those "in" producers, yet Electrical Storm doesn't steer
too far away from Brian Eno, whose ambient influence is audibly
present. And it is good - after about two or three listens.