How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb





The new U2 record. Like clockwork, every 2.5 years. Big ups to Bono and Co. for not forgetting about us. Plenty of news stories did tide us over - eliminating World Debt, "losing" Edge's CD in France, Chris Martin's "Bono Wears A Wig" claim. But now we have music, don't ask how, just smile and nod. You've been hearing "Vertigo" for a few weeks now and it's a stormer of a hit. Aside from the Stone Temple Pilot riffage that kicks off the tune, it's a smash. You will hear this at sports stadiums ad nauseam for the next year. Advertising for the next two. Best part is the "hola" response in the chorus. Track two is "Miracle Drug", same dynamics and drumbeat as "Beautiful Day" that you just don't want to end. Look to Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Keane to rip this off in a year. "Sometime You Can't Make It On Your Own" starts off Rattle and Hum and ends with you crying in a lump. If you don't get chills hearing the falsetto of the chorus, "and it's you when I look in the mirror", you need a check up from the neck up, Mr. T style. One of the best songs they've written. "Love And Peace Or Else" is where we start to go a little off course. Blues dirge? Not a road U2 need travel but they bounce back on "City of Blinding Lights". The chorus has a nice gospel sing-along vibe and the "oh" pre chorus is hot. Leave it to Adam Clayton's patented 4-note pounding bass riff to carry this baby. "All Because Of You" sounds like U2 in 1979 meets T Rex. Not so much in the double-vocals of the verses or fuzzed up guitars, but the chorus. Listen to Edge's lead at 2:48. F*ck off Jack White. Brilliant. "Man And A Woman", ah one word, skip. Sounds like Desmond Child wrote it. "Crumbs From Your Table" has the words "cool down Mama", not Bono's best but the song works. Good album track. The atmospherics of "One Step Closer" are Unforgettable Fire-era and reminds me of "Running To Stand Still" off Joshua Tree. Typical of U2, they let the slower songs end the record. "Original Of The Species" has a good slow build, kind of like "Walk On" from their last album. Edge's guitar work is still the highwater mark in taste and texture. If you do not own a Memory Man digital delay and want to sound like him, go to eBay now. The closing track "Yahweh" comes from the same place as "All Because Of You", an almost yelp to Bono's voice. Again, the Edge rules. To say you should have this record is Lohan at this point. It is a must have. Can't wait to hear them live. For now, strap on some headphones and take a journey. U2 does it again.

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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb