Keep with it, Jeffery.
I was much like you after my first couple hearings. A shrug of the shoulders and uninspired "meh" was highest praise I could muster.
Flash forward two weeks into listening to the album and it is on near daily rotation on my Ipod.
There's nothing that wows right out of the gate in the way "Vertigo" or "Beautiful Day" did.
Instead they chose to launch the album with the single "Get on Your Boots", a song so grating and charmless to my ears it quickly made "Discotheque" look like "40".
But even 'Boots', the only u2 song I've ever actively disliked, continues to grow into something less annoying with each hearing.
It is this new 'slow fuse' approach I see as the biggest departure for U2. And that is the very genius of this record.
At the risk of blasphemous paraphrase, this album recalls a chapter from a later part of Isaiah in that it lacks stately form or majesty
that we should should be attracted to it. But take heart, pilgrim! Deeper listenings will reveal the album to be much more.
No Line on the Horizon may not be the second coming of MacPhisto but it certainly is cause for much joyful noise.
Get on your earphones Jeffery, find a cozy chair, and let it let you in the sound.
I don't think you will be disappointed.