How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
that? It would be an understatement to declare that Atomic
Bomb is a return to form for our Irish megastars but really, it’s a
continuation of what All That You Can’t
Leave Behind began in year 2000.
to report that as far as U2 circa 2004 is concerned, it’s as if the 90s never
happened. Personally, I’d given up on this once-favorite band as soon as I
heard bits of Zooropa but hey, the
band I loved is well and truly back!
has stated that Atomic Bomb is U2’s
first album and whilst you might dismissed that as mere hyperbole but I supposed
you could definitely say that Atomic Bomb confirms
that the band are in a new season of their rock careers.
goodness for that!
opening (and by-now ubiquitous) “Vertigo” finds U2 rocking out much heavier
than we’re used to with a atypical Edge riff and a lyrics that resonate with a
spiritual undercurrent – “I can feel your love teaching me how/Your love is
teaching me how, how to kneel…”
rest of Atomic Bomb never quite rocks
out as hard but there is no denying the intensity of words and music in tracks
like the evocative “City of Blinding Lights,” the poignant “Sometimes You
Can’t Make It On Your Own” (written for Bono’s late father), the pulsating
“All Because of You” and the vibrant “Crumbs From Your Table.”
leads us to “Yahweh” – a heartfelt prayer that touched my heart deeply
with its sincere plea to the Almighty – “Take this city/A city should be
shining on a hill/Take this city/If it be your will/What no man can own, no man
can take/Take this heart … and make it break.”
Atomic Bomb is no masterpiece in the
class of Boy, Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby,
it deserves all the attention and plaudits it’s likely to get.
So shout it from the rooftops – U2 IS BACK!!! A
(Thanks to Edward and Boon Pah for their contributions)