Sound — 10
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is considered to some people as a political album like Green Day's American Idiot but lead singer Bono stated that the album mainly focuses on his father. I think that this album is the best U2 has released so far. I think this album is Rock mainly because of The Edge's creative solos, the fast tempo in some songs like Vertigo or Yaweh. I still haven't figured out why U2 named the album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb but my best guess would be after Love And Peace Or Else.
Lyrics — 10
To me the lyrics are amazing, especially on Miracle Drug. This is a description of each song: 01. Vertigo - it's not a dictionary meaning but to Bono it's "a dizzy feeling when you get up to the top of something and there's only one way to go. 02. Miracle Drug - based after a drug discovered to help a handicapped person the band knew met in High School. 03. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - written by Bono ti his father. 04. Love And Peace Or Else - talks about Atomic Bombs as pleas for peace. 05. City Of Blinding Lights - mostly written after the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center. 06. All Because Of You - it has been introduced as a love song to The Who. 07. A Man And A Woman - a love song. 08. It appears to talk about a man waiting fora moman to come. 09. A song talking about Bono's father being one step closer to heaven. 10. Original Of The Species - talks about people being different from normal. 11. Yaweh - is a sacred name for God. This song is more like a pray. Each and every lyric stands for something even when it looks it doesn't. These guys are really good songwriters.
Overall Impression — 10
This album might compare to other albums but not from U2. Usually U2 songs have a guitar part, drum part or bass part but this album combines all the instruments (mostly guitar though) to make one bigger sound. I think the best songs from the album are: Vertigo, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, City Of Blinding Lights, Original Of The Species, Yaweh. I love this CD but if I lost it I wouldn't buy it again considering the fact I've got all the songs on my iPod.