Listen to U2’s ‘Winter’ from ‘Brothers’

Posted by · 9:36 am · December 7th, 2009

U2A few weeks ago we told you about U2’s “Winter,” an original track from Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers.” Today we’re happy to feature the tune as we have a number of other contenders in the race for Best Original Song.

“Winter” was conceived originally for the film.  Confusion has popped up as to whether that was the case, what with the tune accompanying the Irish band’s album “No Line on the Horizon” in conjunction with an Anton Corbijn short film.  But when Sheridan set about making “Brothers,” he in fact asked his old friends to cook something up for the film.

In my opinion, it’s bottom-tier U2, full of a number of ideas that form a menagerie more than a cohesive song.  The lyrics are a bit too on the nose for my taste, too, but they’re clearly written for the narrative of the film.  The song comes in at the end of the film, over the credits, so it could be a tough sell for those reasons.

Have a listen below and tell us what you think.


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  • 1 4-30-2010 at 6:59 pm

    Brian said...

    this song was in the film linear and thought it was great. i even made an mp3 copy of it so i could hear it whenever i wanted to. i love this version the did for brothers as well.

  • 2 5-08-2010 at 3:52 pm

    amel said...

    cette chanson est extraordinaire .
    chapeau u2 ;).

  • 3 10-01-2010 at 8:32 pm

    Ross30 said...

    The question was about the song, not about Bono or U2. This is personal emotional poetry . It speaks to a modern tragedy. Stop thinking about the last album or politics. listen to the song, the poetry, the emotion, is it good or not? I think the emotion is contextual, appropriate and ripping. It is clever in the development of the feelings .These sort of feelings can grate like vegetables on the plate of a fast food junky, but just the same some of us left the theatre in tears. This song is a very powerful, I like it.

  • 4 4-11-2011 at 6:55 am

    The Guy That Knows Wayy More Than U said...

    If anyone disses this song they need a life
    this song is a revlation and utterly beautiful
    the movie was just above average but this song coming in at that emotional scene at the end made my heart soar and eyes fly
    So if u hate this song u hate good music

  • 5 8-02-2011 at 11:40 pm

    Shaun said...

    I thought this version was more powerful, more searing than the original that is floating around on the net. The music works better with these lyrics than the original as well.
    I am sure this is probably not the best U2 song ever, but it eloquently speaks a truth. As a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan (and Haiti and Yemen, etc.) I couldn’t describe the after effects of what happens in such godforsaken places better than to say that “summer sings in me no more.”