|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. A Man And A Woman|
|8. Crumbs From Your Table|
|9. One Step Closer|
|10. Original Of The Species|
See all 12 tracks on this disc
|1. "U2 and 3 Songs" documentary|
|2. Sometimes you Can't Make it On Your Own (Studio Performance) (Bonus Video)|
|3. Crumbs From Your Table (Bonus Video)|
|4. Vertigo (Temple Bar Mix) (Bonus Video)|
|5. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (Acoustic Couch Mix) (Bonus Video)|
|6. Vertigo (HQ Performance) (Bonus Video)|
While there is certainly no "One" here with Bono proving a less politically subtle songwriter than he obviously is a proven negotiator on the likes of "Love And Peace Or Else"; "We need love and peace/Lay down your guns," he chimes simply, he does reach the heartstrings on "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", a passionate ode to his dead father, and the equally sharp scribing "No I could never take a chance/Of losing love to find romance" on "A Man And A Woman."
As you might expect the production, assisted by the likes of Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Nellee Hooper, resounds with epic depth, while The Edge's trademark guitar sound rings throughout, cutting through the booming bass and honed rhythm section.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained then? Well no. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is the sound of a band who, with a confident swagger, have finally decided on content over style. --Christopher Barrett
HTDAAB is even better and though I'll reserve final judgement until a few more listens, I put it in the U2 top three (along with Actung Baby and Joshua Tree).
This is U2's rock album - Edge's guitar dominates throughout - with lemons a distant memory!
Personal rather than political sentiment dominates Bono's lyrics this time around; he reflects on the recent death of his father on both Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and One Step Closer.
None of the 11 core songs ('Fast Cars' is a bonus track) are duds making this the first U2 album without a song I want to skip. The opener, the iPod anthem Vertigo is the first single, but more than half of the remainder would also make decent singles: Mircale Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, City Of Blinding Lights, One Step Closer, Original Of The Species, Yahweh.
I got the collectors (CD, DVD and Book) edition today as a present - it was nice of U2 to release it on my birthday! Now I can't wait to hear this material live and won't be disappointed if U2 decide to include the whole album on the next tour!
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