Sound — 10
The sound, one word, awesome! This album is definately in contention as U2's, best running against "The Joshua Tree" album. The sound is very different. Edge goes away from just the delay and uses a variety of sounds. There is also alot of background sounds as they experiment with european sound. This is album is very original in it's sound and the quality is fantastic.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are also excellent. This album takes a more satirical and ironic approach to lyric writing. The writing is very smooth and the lyrics real mean something. Bono is just top notch when it comes to writing lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
This is an original album. I can't think of anything to compare it with. Tom Morello's sound sounds alot like Edges in some parts but they are entirely different. Every song on this album is great. Top ones though are One, Until The End Of The World, So Cruel, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, Ultraviolet. I would recommend anyone to buy this album. Even if you hate U2 chances are you hate them because of what the radio plays. This album will change your mind.