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  • Feb 8, 2005
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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:

"Miracle Drug"

"Love and Peace Or Else"

"One Step Closer"

"Original of the Species"

"Yahweh"

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?

Answer: "Love and peace. Love and peace."

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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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