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3.0 out of 5 stars Too well thought-out!, September 6, 2005
This review is from: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (Audio CD)
I've seen it happen before. A band is forced to chug out albums under difficult or rushed or confused circumstances, and the "spontaneity" and honesty of what comes out grabs the attention of the masses and hits something in the human heart. Then they become self-aware, and start over-analyzing every note. Production values soar, but the grit and soul of the music is "smoothed over." Witness "Beautiful Letdown" by Switchfoot versus "New Way to be Human." Witness "Atomic Bomb" versus "October."

I would say, lock Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry up in a house with some old guitars and amps, a delay pedal, a trusty drumset, an SM-57, and a 16-track analog recorder. Tell 'em they come out with an album in 2 weeks or they never come out at all! I seriously think what they'd put out would be better than "Atomic Bomb." Better yet, fly 'em down to New Orleans for a day before you lock 'em up. Get some of the old passion and "crying out" flowing again! THAT is what this album lacks.

Give the last half a chance - it's better than I expected! Their slow, contemplative stuff is pretty good. I just wish they had the fire in the belly that practically brought you to tears in "Pride."
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Initial post: Feb 27, 2009 2:03:46 PM PST
J. GARRATT says:
"Tell 'em they come out with an album in 2 weeks or they never come out at all! I seriously think what they'd put out would be better than 'Atomic Bomb.'"

I agree. Those were the "Zooropa" conditions. The more fuss they put into an album, the less inspired it is.
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