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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.

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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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