U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

16 08 2010

Listened: Monday August 2

U2’s singles these days are pretty crappy, I will admit. Vertigo is lyrically the weakest track on How to Dismantle. Bono’s incorrect counting at the beginning has always bugged the crap out of me.

However, the rest of the album is amazing. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own always moves me. City Of Blinding Lights and Original Of The Species could both be on Achtung Baby; the lyrics and music are that classic.

And speaking of lyrics, there are some stunners on this album, both poetically and descriptively:

“Freedom has a scent like the top of a newborn baby’s head”

“I was there for you baby, When you needed my help, Would you deny for others, What you demand for yourself?”

“I wanna trip inside your head, Spend the day there, To hear the things you haven’t said, And see what you might see”

“Neon heart, dayglo eyes, City lit by fireflies, They’re advertising in the skies, For people like us”

Bono’s voice sounds strong and healthy and Edge’s guitar lifts it to higher planes, just like how U2 should work.



One response

10 11 2010
U2 – No Line On The Horizon « Emily's Albums A to Z

[…] get it out of the way now – similar to Vertigo from How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Get On Your Boots from No Line On The Horizon is  throwaway […]

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