U2 is one of the best bands in rock history because they are so passionate. 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' is characteristic of what they can achieve when they channel their passion well. This C.D. may become known as the pinnacle achievement of their later works. It is consistent throughout, and, like 'All That You Can't Leave Behind,' they skillfully master their new evolutions of sound. Still, it isn't as good as 'Achtung Baby' or 'The Joshua Tree,' but it so cohesive musically, that in some ways, it is more satisfying than any of their other albums. And also like '...Can't Leave Behind,' they do leave behind the inconsistencies and meandering of 'Pop' and 'Zooropa'.
The album starts off full throttle with "Vertigo," one of their best songs ever. The passion is nearly answered later with beautiful and mesmerizing "City of Blinding Lights" and the musically muscular "All Because of You" (complete with a Bono scream that is nearly as transcendent as Roger Daltry from the Who). Their passionate venue is extended with other fine songs: "Miracle Drug" and "Yahweh," which has Bono singing tenderly and powerfully in alternate verses. As propulsive and hypnotic as the recordings are, "Love and Peace or Else" provides a heavy dose of hard rock to give the C.D. more weight.
The album bursts with well-polished thrusts of sound, but it is framed by tender moments as well. "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," a personal song for Bono's deceased father, is a mournful elegy that still maintains a britzkrieg of sound. Yet, "A Man and a Woman" is a necessary ballad with its intricate acoustic guitar and pensive lyrics. The scope of the album is further enhanced with the playful song "Crumbs from Your Table" and "One Step Closer," which borrows at least the mood from the Velvet Underground.
'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' showcases a skillfully crafted, powerfully delivered album that is channeled in a masterful way. It all comes from an athletic drummer, a brilliant guitarist, a motivated singer-songwriter, and a powerful bassist who simulates the group's throbbing heartbeat. This album has all the serendipity of U2's best work.
Their would-be comeback mixed the scope of their Eighties work with fragments of their Nineties experiments to breathtaking results; its would-be successor arrived courtesy of Steve Lillywhite, their original producer, and took them "back to basics." The songs themselves are linked by themes of love, peace, war, harmony, and death, themes which need the majestic grandiosity of U2 records like "The Joshua Tree" to be fully expressed. By returning to a raw--U2's version of raw, anyway--sound, similar … more
Besides Bono, how many people or fans even know who U2 are? Allow me to explain, I would first like to start this review by asking if all the "real" U2 fans please make your presence known. I am not sure what happened over the past six or seven years, but all of a sudden we have "tons" and "tons" of U2 fans! Are these all-new fans? Or perhaps they are the fickle fans that dropped off the map for nine years! "Come on, you don't have to be shy about it". These are the same fans … more
Pros: U2 has finally come home Cons: I'm going to temporarily forget this category exists The Bottom Line: I've been blessed - I've never given a CD less than five stars. I pick good music! Listen. Just listen. Just for one go-round, listen. I promise it wont take long - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb clocks in just under 50 minutes. I request this of you because youre probably thinking the same thing I was: U2 had … more
I preface this review by saying that I have not been a fan of U2 for very long. I've heard their songs on and off all my life, but it wasn't until I started paying attention to the lyrics of some of their songs from ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND that I became interested in the band. Since that time I've researched the band fairly well and have come to appreciate their music. There are many who claim that HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB is a throw-back to U2's roots. Musically, … more
How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is a real bringdown for U2. Their previous CD, All That You Can't Leave Behind was a career highlight. Almost every song on that CD had a memorable melody. On How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the melodies are few and far between. At the least the CD starts out strong with the high energy single Vertigo. Origin of the Species, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, and One Step Closer are the best of the rest as on the fourth listen their melodies … more
I've been a U2 fan since my early teens. Some of my fondest High School memories from the mid-80's involve watching MTV in science class--and seeing videos like "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" and "All Is White On New Year's Day". (I know, we should have been learning science...) I enjoy how U2 has evolved as a band, although my favorite era *was* the mid-80's. This CD changed all that. If it wasn't for Vertigo playing on commercials, … more
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 … more
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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