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U2 returns with thoughtful modern rock tunes

  • Nov 23, 2004
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Irish rock vets U2 have released another fine album. This album has influences from multiple stages of U2's career, and highlights include tracks like Miracle Drug, Yahweh, Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own, City of Blinding Lights, and Original of the Species. Bono's voice is a bit worn but his lyrics remain in top form along with Edge's guitar work. Modern rock music often lacks the tuneful artistry found in U2's albums, so this album is likely to be well-received, even though it doesn't have anything that quite matches captivating U2 anthems from the Joshua Tree through Achtung Baby era. This isn't U2's best but it is a solid album that should satisfy many fans and demonstrate why U2 has remained so successful for so many years - they continue to release memorable material and have been able to stay together and productive while other acts have lost their luster.

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This edition of HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB includes a bonus DVD that features a documentary film and live performances. U2: Bono (vocals); The Edge (guitar); Adam Clayton (bass guitar); Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums, percussion). Much in the manner of their previous album, ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND, U2 largely strips down the stadium-sized approach of years past on the provocatively titled HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB. Whether they were inspired by the garage-rock revival that took place in between the two records, or just felt like making some visceral rock & roll, this 2004 release has as much unbridled energy as such early U2 benchmarks as BOY or WAR. The album starts with a bang, courtesy of the charging, angular "Vertigo," whose driving bass line and shouted vocals announce the band's intentions in no uncertain terms. The bluesy "Love and Peace or Else," and the fuzz-guitar-fueled "All Because of You" follow suit in a similarly high-energy manner. That's not to say that this is a mere rockf...
Song List: Disc 1
1. Vertigo
2. Miracle Drug
3. Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own
4. Love and Peace or Else
5. City of Blinding Lights
6. All Because of You
7. Man and a Woman, A
8. Crumbs From Your Table
9. One Step Closer
10. Origin of the Species
11. Yaweh
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Label: Interscope Records (USA)
Artist: U2
Release Date: November 23, 2004

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