"Hello hello I'm at a place called Vertigo," huh ha, bet you've already heard that catchy hook. Fittingly, U2's latest CD release "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" has been generating more attention than any other album I can think of. This Irish quartet formed 26 years ago and remains united with all of its original members: Bono (vocals), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums), Adam Clayton (bass) and The Edge (guitar). Every second commercial on TV is for that new IPod with U2's latest included as a bonus…but you probably already know about that too. Despite the questionably strong commercial push for "…Atomic Bomb," this album rocks. I prefer the band's previous multi platinum release "All That You Can't Leave Behind." Then again, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" is my favorite U2 album todate. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" is an extremely polished album with perfect song order and packed with several potential hits besides the pre-sale hit "Vertigo." "Vertigo," the first tune on the CD summons feelings of energetic delight. "Miracle Drug" will bring you back down and clearly indicates where this disc is headed. Remarkably U2 has sold more than 120 million records globally and is undeniably one the best rock bands of all time. All eleven songs on this album should be listened to over and over again and I'm sure that's probably happening right now, while you're reading this. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" is no bomb, it's pure musical synchronization.
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