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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb [LP]
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U2's 11th studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was originally released in 2004 and features the singles Vertigo, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, City Of Blinding Lights, All Because of You, and Original of the Species.
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1. Vertigo - This is probably the most rocking song U2 has ever done, and they pull it off masterfully. People get worked up over the Spanish counting to open, but I think it's cool in a way. This song is undeniably catchy and the band proves they still have it. 8.5/10
2. Miracle Drug - A more subdued opening than the track before, but that's not a bad thing. In fact, this track contends for my favorite on the record. Everyone in the band is on point on this track. The chorus is an absolute explosion, and it's amazing. I really dig this song. 9/10
3. Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own - Another long title early on in an album, but this song is better than SiaMYGOO. This track is a real grower. The falsetto and backing vocals of the chorus are great. The lead-up to each chorus is also on point. This song is slowly becoming one I truly love. 9/10
4. Love and Peace or Else - This track is borderline preachy, but it's got a nice, raw vibe to it. The lyrics just don't match the instrumentation, in my view. An ok song overall. 6.5/10
5. City of Blinding Lights - This song is said by some to be the new Where the Streets Have No Name. I wouldn't go quite that far, but it's another song that really transcends and is a live show winner. The guitar and bassline on this one are really something else. A bit of a buildup to the chorus, but it makes for a great explosion of emotion when it hits. The line "Oh! You look so beautiful tonight..." is really simple, but it fits the song so perfectly. A frisson evoking song. 9/10
6. All Because of You - A really groovy song, with catchy verses. The chorus, however, leaves a bit to be desired. Scott Aukerman is right when he says this song needed another pass-over to get that chorus right. I still enjoy this track, though. 7/10
7. A Man and A Woman - A change of pace, that sounds a bit like a Smiths song. It's not a show-stopper, but it's a good track, and has a bit of a haunting chorus. This song is a good one. 7/10
8. Crumbs from Your Table - Back to the rocking sound from the first half of the album. This song is ok, but the chorus had the potential to be great, but the titular lyric at the end sounds so forced. Also the lead in "cool down momma" is really unnecessary. I really want to like this song, but it just falls short for me. 6.5/10
9. One Step Closer - Really nothing special about this song. It goes nowhere. I skip it when it comes up. 5/10
10. Original of the Species - Buried on Side 2, this track is probably my favorite on the record. The strings that accompany the lead-up set the table for a really grand chorus. I can't believe this song wasn't a hit. I think it would have been if they released it earlier. A truly great song. 9/10
11. Yahweh - The intro of this song are a bit of a smoke-screen. It sounds incredible, but the song that follows is good, but not at the level I was expecting. The chorus is not totally lame, but not anything special. I know I sound like I don't like this song, but that's not the case. It's good rock and roll uhhh music, but my expectations from hearing that intro left me disappointed. 7/10
My 5 favorites: 'Vertigo', 'Original of the Species', 'City of Blinding Lights', 'Miracle Drug', & 'Crumbs From Your Table'. 'Love and Peace or Else' is another gem.
Most of the songs on this album move and change in their progression, so this is no collection of rhymes on repeat, but a well-thought-out, provocative work of some complexity.
It has a few rockers (Vertigo, Love and Peace, All Because of You), some beauty (Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own, City of Blinding Lights, A Man and A Woman), and a couple mid-tempo wonders (Crumbs From Your Table and Original of the Species (and this one with an ending reminiscent of the best of the Rolling Stones).
Great album, don't miss it! 5 stars! Ok, it's not perfect (it's not easy finding perfect albums), but really all the songs, except for the ok Yahweh, are very good. I had to add the fifth star to make up for the below-four-star average I noticed here. Still it doesn't get much better than this.