I love NLOTH. It was the first U2 album I got (well, after Joshua Tree, but that was synced to my iPod from my dad's CD so it wasn't really mine). Really, it was the first U2 album I wanted for myself. It didn't succeed my expectations at first, but I appreciate it today.
The first time I heard anything from the album, it was on U2.com. I was listening to 20-second snippets of the songs. Each one sounded interesting, evocative, something I wanted to hear more of. I looked at the cover of the album and looked outside- it was a bleak, gray morning, exactly like the album cover... white sky melding into the gray sea... Everything on it captures the mood of a rainy day. I play it almost every time it rains. It really, really sets the atmosphere.
No listening experience has been better than the one I had on vacation this summer, though. In Delaware, we stopped by the ocean to see a lighthouse. Clouds were already covering the sky, and the water was churning against the cliffs, dark gray in color. I started playing NLOTH on my iPod, and everything just fit. The lyrics- "I know a girl who's like the sea." The setting, the songs... it all lined up. I could have sat there listening to it for as long as it took. It started raining on us when Magnificent began, and went on with Moment of Surrender as we rwalked back to the car, soaked.When we left, Unknown Caller was playing as the sun started peeking out of the clouds, making the raindrops on the windshield glisten. It was such a beautiful moment. I insist, play NLOTH when it rains and you'll find something to appreciate.
(Sorry about being poetic, but I just had to share that experience.)