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Is it their best album ever?,
This review is from: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
I've now been listening to this album regularly for a couple of months now - I think you can only really write a proper review once you've listened to something for a while. Initially, I was thinking "it's really good" but thought there was something missing - as if it was a collection of a few really good songs with some OK fillers. Now, well, now I can see the full picture - this is not a great album - it's a stunning album. As a complete package, I think it's better than Joshua Tree and as good as Achtung Baby. Track by track:-
Vertigo - 9/10 - unadulterated, raw rock - will be awesome on tour. It's "Discoteque" meets "Beautiful Day" with added lashings of Edge being let loose. Oh, and watch out for the "Unforgettable Fire"-esque guitar work at around 1m10s - love it!
Miracle Drug - 9/10 - an expansive and soaring anthem from the finest purveyors of anthems! Starts off with ballad-y, synth-backed plea from Bono and keeps adding new layers as it goes along finishing as an all-hands-to-the-deck stadium rocker!
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - 10/10 - up there with "One" as one of their greatest songs ever - I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to it. Genuis.
Love and Peace or Else - 9/10 - more "Achtung" than "Bomb" and some wicked guitar and bass work. It's got a bit of the darkness of "Ultra Violet" or "Acrobat" pepped up with a touch of "Mofo" or "Elevation" - oh, I don't know - it's great anyway!
City of Blinding Lights - 8.5/10 - see, told you they were the best anthem writers and performers!!
All Because Of You - 8.5/10 - another Edge-led rock number that has you reaching for the air guitar.
A Man and A Woman - 9/10 - Adam's stonking bassline dominates this emotional ride through love. It's in a similar vain to "In A Little While" but with more depth and emotion.
Crumbs From Your Table - 6/10 - good song dealing with big issues, but not up to the rest of the album.
One Step Closer - 8/10 - another wonderfully emotional yet intimate ballad, inspired by a line from Noel Gallagher about Bono's dying father a couple of years ago.
Original Of The Species - 10/10 - whoaaa - hairs still standing on the back of my neck!!! Good God, this is an emotional album!
Yahweh - 7/10 - doesn't quite match with the rest of the album but is a really good song anthemic none-the-less.
Fast Cars - 7/10 - slightly dissapointing end - I know it's a UK only bonus track, but what's with the Moroccan guitar thing they've got going on?! Still, catchly little ditty!
May sound cliched, but the album is more than the sum of its parts. It's got some of their best stuff ever with "Sometimes..." and "Original..", and Edge and Adam are on fire. Buy it. Listen to. And if you don't get it the first time, give it a chance - it's well worth it.