Great songs, great album but tracklist issues
This is great--this is my preferred tracklist: (1) You're the Best Thing About Me (2) Red Flag Day (3) The Showman (4) The Blackout (5) Summer of Love (6) Get Out Of Your Own Way (7) American Soul (8) Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (9) Landlady (10) Love Is All We Have Left (11) Lights of Home (12) The Little Things That Give You Away (13) 13. THAT is 5-star. Oh, just saying, The Blackout sounds better in the music video, which means it makes more sense live, like "Exit" or "Bad", so please excuse its somewhat blandness. Otherwise, great album!
the general 'mood' of the songs changed - it's still good though
I was a bit disappointed with all of the downtempo songs in this album, but songs like "Get Out of Your Own Way" present the U2 rock I'm a fan of. I also am very interested in the U2 vs. Kygo song- I thought those genres wouldn't work together but they ended up with an AMAZING song for fans of both rock and dance music. If the U2 gang is reading this, you guys really need to try making another dance song.-but with the electric guitars/bass, and acoustic drums because even the dance world needs U2 in it.
By Hasley SHELL!
Get off my iPad I hate it
Time to Retire U2!!!
U2 should have followed the trajectory of their arch rival The Police. The Police left at the peak of their career and so did the Beatles. The Police handed the torch to U2 in 1986 during the Amnesty International tour.
Their last good album was the 2000 release with the song “Beautiful Day”. The current few albums have been musically flat and predictable.
Too bad for Bono that he couldn’t carry a solo career like Sting.
iTunes Preview To The Rescue!
By U2 is a crap band
I've followed this band since 1980. They are a mere shadow of their former selves. I thank iTunes for giving us free previews so I could decide not to waste my money. This is the first U2 album that I will not purchase. This may appease new U2 fans, but for long time fans I can't imagine they can listen to Larry's drumming becoming so restrained, so programmed that he can't be recognized. Sounds like a roomful of yes-men producers kowtowed to the egos of Mssrs. Hewson and Evans. People mock Coldplay, but Chris Martin knows how to craft a catchy hook. These are Songs of Desperation.
U2’s Best Album Since How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
One of U2’s eight classic album’s. And of those eight, I would rank this album #4 behind Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
It feels more like Joshua tree era but evolved. I love The little things that give you away and Love is bigger than anything in its way. The whole album ie worth buying. Make sure you get the deluxe version. I only seen U2 once in concert in Champaign,IL in 1987. Best concert ever!
Their best in years
By Wandering Jay
The best U2 since All That You Can’t Leave Behind...perhaps even better?
Joyful, emotional, heartfelt...it’s all here.
A Great Return to Form!
What can I say about this album but when it hits you it really hits you... When I originally purchased it back in December, I was worried that it would have the same impact on me as Songs of Innocence, it was great idea, but in the end an uneven piece of work. Thankfully the same is not true here! Sure, I have favorites on this album and some less favorites, but this is the return to form that I couldn’t have dreamed for U2! So much so that this album has been playing in my house over and over for the past 3 months... I’m not sure if it’s just the deep meaning of the songs or the times we are living in, but these songs have really touched a chord. Songs like Get out of your way”, “American Soul”, “It’s the little things that give you away” or “Love is bigger than anything in its way” are so meaningful and feel so appropriate for the times we live in. U2 last few albums felt uninspired, but this is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a really long time! This album is definitely worth your time.
By Breathe Again
You can hear the soul in these songs. Songs only a wise, mature person could write.