Having read all the negative press this show got I was unsure what to expect from the soundtrack. I saw the performance of 'Rise Above 1' on American Idol and decided it had to be worth a few quid and it sure is! Like them or hate them, Bono and the Edge can never be counted out. Their ability to produce records is uncanny. There are no number 1 tracks on here but there is a set of songs that make you feel as if you are right there in the audience at the Broadway show. From the opening instrumental right through to the finish you can hear the storyline in the music. The variety is fantastic, there are punchy rock songs such as 'Boy Falls From The Sky', 'Rise Above 1', 'DIY World' and 'Picture This'. There is 'A Freak Like Me Needs Company' and 'Pull the Trigger', which are totally unlike anything Bono and the Edge have done before. And of course there are some touching ballads which follow the love story part of the musical. All in all, a great album for someone who is willing to be open minded and appreciate what Bono and the Edge are trying to do here, i.e. tell a story; not get to no.1.