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A maxi-single with 16 classics tacked on.,
This review is from: U218 Singles (Audio CD)
I guess that - with the resurgence in U2's popularity from "Atomic Bomb" and the incredible tour - that an inevitable quickie product would land before the Christmas gift season. With that said, this is a spartan selection from a band that has amassed an amazing library of music. Theirs is a passionate world, both in music and the band's ultimate impact on society. Not since The Beatles has a band thrown themselves into social causes quite the way Bono and the guys have.
But on to the music. "U218" is exactly what the title implies. Eighteen singles (including two new tracks). While several early tunes get the short shrift ("I Will Follow," "Gloria" anyone? Even latter day brilliance like "The Fly" got bumped!), there isn't a single oldie here that isn't a classic. Even the "Atomic Bomb" and ATYCLB singles stand up next to the likes of "Pride" and "New Years Day." Factor in that "One" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" may be two of the best songs of the last century, and you have a terrific casual mix of U2.
The reason for the three stars is simple. The new songs are passable (time will tell if "Saints" stays with me like "Electrical Storm" has), and any of U2's multiple five star albums could trump this for introductory purposes. (And dammit, where is the catalog remastering this band deserves?) But I dropped a tenner for the two new songs, which, for my money, means I bought a maxi-single with 16 classics tacked on. Skip the hyperbole, look at it from that angle, and it ain't so bad.
Bonus - looking at the four fresh faced kids on the front cover and comparing them to the wizened older men on the back.