2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid album, first since Joshua, consistent performer 1-12,
By A Customer
This review is from: All That You Can't Leave Behind (Audio CD)
Beautiful Day was the forerunner footprint of an album that was to arrive and from start to finish ATYCLB produces a topper each time.
Yeah, the lighter weight songs like Wild Honey will attract criticism because U2 are not allowed to put something like that out - snipers the world over will wait in the shadows for this and the next, and the next.... But take each track as it comes, dismiss you preconceptions of what it should be, what it should address etc and score this album on the mere fact that it is an album of outstanding musical content from first track to last.
Kite and Walk On are along the lines of what may be expected, Beautiful Day has been around to crawl under the skin of the doubters, In A Little While is outstanding almost in the vein of Sweetest Thing. New York, well for being bang up to date it still blends what U2 were doing in the October Album for the vocal strain of the chorus a la Rejoice etc!
U2 have been around and been justly elevated to their superstar status and all that brings (although they do no waste this - Jubilee 2000, Amnesty, etc)so the neutrals cannot elevate them any higher by singing this album's praises but what they can do is attempt to be contraversial and try to down a band that produce stuff edging brilliance.
Nobody likes U2. You love them. Ypu hate them. No middle ground. Those who hate are not content in doing just that, they feel they must justify and that smacks of people who have just been unnerved that they actually like what they've just listened to - which for them must scare the wits ot of them.
Act your age, listen to the album, like it for what you hear on the cd not in the media, your radiohead mate's opinion or what your preconceptions are - This JUSTIFIES CD PRICE INCREASES!!!!!!!!!