Like pairing red wine with steak
This album is supposed to go hand in hand with Innocence. Its a package deal in my opinion. When Innocense forst came out, I thought it was mediocre in comparison to their earlier albums. But now that Experience has come on the scene, Innocense has a whole new flavor to it. This album completed Innocesne in a way that only U2 could do.
Additionally, this album smacks of the Joshua Tree's political overtones. Songs of revolution. I love it. America, get out of your own way!
They Have Nothing More to Contribute to Music.
I was once an idealistic U2 fan who thought that they could make a real artistic comeback. But Bono has made it clear that he's more interested in making statements and washed-out radio rock than authentic, original music. U2 has descended to the level of self-parody; this record only betrays predictability in sounding more mainstream and uninspired than U2 has ever sounded. I was somewhat optimistic going into this record. I liked the teaser demos leaked by the band. Ultimately, however, they tried too hard to write "culturally relevant pop songs." And the result was an album of passable bilge that only interests cult fans and people who find Coldplay's sound too edgy.
Red Flag Day
#thebestsongever love the song
I am a big U2 from the beginning and find this album disappointing. There are only a few cuts on this that raise any interest in buying. The rest seem like outtakes that should have stayed there. No interest this time around seeing them live and rehashing the classics. Last album was definitely better.
BEST. U2. RECORD. E.V.E.R.
No words are adequate enough to exalt the creativity, musicianship, and joyful enthusiasm that U2 brings to this bookend of the “Songs Of...” cycle. The band has always evolved, never getting pigeon-holed into a cliche ‘signature sound’. They don’t take themselves too seriously and are clearly having a helluva lot of fun and we are all the more blessed to be the recipients of such a gift.
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.