The band's last album, "No Line on the Horizon" left a bit to be desired in many fan's minds - aside from "Magnificent" and "Moment of Surrender," it was a bit of a lost album to me, as though they were trying too hard. So while I'll save any 'reviewing' of the new album until I've actually had a chance to let it sink in, upon first listen I'm pleased to hear music that's "U2," but refreshed. There are some tracks that have a harder edge ("The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)") songs that kind of have a throwback U2 sound ("Every Breaking Wave," which is a song the band has performed since 2010), slower ballads ("Song for Someone"), songs that will appease U2 traditionalists ("Iris"), and infectious rock-pop tunes ("Raise by Wolves" and "Cedarwood Road"). On its surface, it appears the main ingredient is it's alt-rock flavor, with a continuous undercurrent of early U2 works.
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What do you think of the new album?