Sound — 6
The Edge puts in some great work on this album really trying to mould the band in to a different/more rock sound than their recent efforts have contained. But other than Vertigo which is class Bono plods along the same half hearted, half baked ballad route as the last album. He just doesn; t seem to be up to the part anymore. His voice seems to have got more mellow listen to the original Band Aid single then listen to the Band Aid 20 one there is marked difference in Bonos two performaces of the same line.
Lyrics — 2
It seems really strange that the outspoken world activist that is Bono chooses to shy away from all the issues he very publicly talks about. There are no clear political views or ideals put forward during most of this record. It tends to dwell on the minutea of love between a man and a woman. Nothing new is done with this well-worn oft covered subject matter. It really is a let down in a world where so many people have worrys about and feel disenfranchised by World leaders that instead of leading the protests and stating his opinions on records, which meet a larger audience than Speeches ever do Bono says nothing of signifcance.
Overall Impression — 4
Vertigo was a great single and was really excited about the bands shift into a slightly heavier sound, U2 have always been at there inventive best when pushing the envelope, this album is an almost exact replica of All That You Can't Leave Behind. Almost but not quite, its not the same because it's not as good. That album had at least five really good tracks this album has one or two. A lack of vision and a lack of message has left me really disapointed by this album. No doubt some will disagree because for many people U2 can do no wrong, it'll sell millions regardless of what it sounds like. Maybe thats the reason for such a lazy approach to this album.