U2's Unsatisfied — and Unsatisfying — New Album

U2's unsatisfied--and unsatisfying--new album

Deidre O'Callaghan

Shortly after the release of 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, I asked Bono about U2's place in contemporary music. "We're a wedding band now," he said decisively. Before I could inquire about availability and if the Edge knew the chord progressions on "Hava Nagila," he elaborated: "Our biggest accomplishment is that we've made a few songs people want to play during important moments in their lives. That's a very humbling thing ... If we're remembered as a great wedding band, I'll take it."

Dismiss it as a flourish of modesty or a side effect of middle age, but U2...

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