Lovesongs: The National Vs. U2

u2-invisible-video-608x346Two bands that often get criticized for being overly beloved yet overly bland, often unfairly IMHO, just released new videos. They are both love songs, in entirely different ways. U2 are fresh off of raising over $3 million for The Global Fund with the free iTunes release of “Invisible,” a song that was immediately pleasant but is definitely a grower and lyrically the refrain “There is no them/there’s only us” becomes more profound the more you think about it. Tonight the band will be the first musical act to appear on the Jimmy Fallon-hosted Tonight Show.

I spent a bunch of time this summer driving around Missouri listening to The National. A friend of mine was really missing his long distance girlfriend and therefore “I Need My Girl” was on heavy rotation. It’s a great song and now it gets a proper release as a single (with a new b-side!). Madonna once sang “I’m in love with love” but this is a much better sentiment than that.