Modern Praise & Worship Sounds Like U2

Modern praise and worship has been greatly effected by the sound of U2.

U2's "The Edge"

U2, the world’s greatest and most influential artists have a unique sound that is driven by The Edge’s guitar sound.  Generally The Edge’s guitar sound is light and airy.  It has a brightness without being shrill and and it is full of rich harmonics.

How does he get that sound?  How does he accomplish what is his, what is U2’s signature sound?  Here is a link to help you understand the way he goes about getting his sound

Of course to get the sound exact you’d have to be The Edge, but to mimic it really close, you’d have to learn to play like he plays and use the same sort of equipment he uses (see graphic in the link above).

Foundation Red, see

I was listening to Christian radio a couple of days ago.  I haven’t listened much for a while because there is very little that is new played on adult contemporary radio.  But I heard some great new stuff and most of it was praise and worship music and I couldn’t help but notice the influence of The Edge on the sound.  It sounded like U2 with different vocals and lyrical content.  It was pretty cool.  Thank you KLove (Out of Kansas City, MO) and SpiritFM (Camdenton, MO).

My attempts at praise and worship have a Doobie Brothers, Santana, 38 Special characteristic to the sound, but that’s what is natural for me.

Sounding like U2, Led Zepplin, Conway Twitty, Sinatra or whoever in P&W is well . . .  irrelevant.  What matters is your heart.

Ephesians 5:19-20, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Praise and worship is about encouraging other Christians and making thanksgiving to God in Jesus Christ.  The sound probably doesn’t matter to God unless there is less than praise involved.  Selfishness, sinfulness, pride, etc.  God didn’t say too much about music in the church in the New Testament, he did however deal with the condition and attitude of the heart.  That’s not the point of this post, but I had to say it.

The point is, it’s pretty cool that U2’s awesome sound, excuse me, The Edge’s awesome sound is borrowed as the vehicle to carry the songs of modern praise and worship.


PS, for a look at trends in Chrsitan music checkout the September 26, 2010 edition of The Lookout,

5 thoughts on “Modern Praise & Worship Sounds Like U2

  1. So odd that I ended up here, I noticed you mentioned SpiritFM! I grew up in Linn Creek and was born in the Osage Beach hospital. Lived there until I was 22. My Dad was Chief of Police in Linn Creek for several years and before that worked for Osage Beach police. Anyway I was searching bing for a song I heard on the radio that sounded very much like U2 (it came out like 3 years ago) I can’t remember who it is but it sounded like a young guy, anyway it brought be here, what a coincidence!

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  3. I noticed that too. That is actually a pretty good trend in Christian worship music.

    Have you noticed that now they are overdoing downbeats. I think sometimes the music is so bubblegum they try to give it a little edge by play downbeats instead of an actual rhythm. Of course, it is over done so it seems artificial.

    • I hadn’t noticed the downbeat. I guess I thought the bubblegum aspect was the cookie-cutter mentality of the corporate music industry as well as the girlie way that most of the artists sing.

      I like the U2 trend too. I wish they all sang more like Bono or Paul Rogers and Lincoln Brewster.

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