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, this is partially true. About half of the tunes on the album remind one of the music U2 was making on their first few albums (most of the rest of the songs are fairly original in their content, except for "Vertigo" which is a pop song made to market). Many of those who criticize this claim, fail to recognize the reason HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB is an album most like U2's earliest albums: the unblatant Christian spirituality. Just read the titles: "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", "Love and Peace Or Else", "City of Blinding Lights", "All Because of You", "Crumbs From Your Table", "One Step Closer", "Original of the Species", and "Yahweh". The titles alone are seeped in Christian symbology and allusions. Read the lyrics of the songs and this becomes even more clear. For the majority of their career, U2 has been a Christian praise band, but one that isn't afraid to meet the world and the media head-on. U2 came from Ireland and while still in their infancy, they weren't tainted by the Christian ghettos so prevalent across America. And thus one of the most popular rock bands ever formed arose.
I like HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB. I find many of the songs powerful and moving. The album isn't as good as some of U2's other efforts, but it's still good and illustrates the bands willingness to play around with form and style. The only song I really don't like much on the album is "Vertigo" but that song has meaning too--it's as though Bono and the boys knew the song would be overplayed, but still left a message for those who would truly listen. My other favorites on the album include:
"Love and Peace Or Else"
"One Step Closer"
"Original of the Species"
Overall, HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB is a good album to listen to by a great band. By the way, how do you dismantle an atomic bomb?
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
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 … 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
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
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