4 / 5
The first U2 album in decades without Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, or Steve Lillywhite, Songs of Innocence is a pleasing fusion of Boy, the band’s first album, with their 21st century style, e.g. All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. While U2 fans have been wishing for something bigger and better than How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb for the past 10-years, especially since No Line on the Horizon was such a dud, this deeply personal album doesn’t fit the bill, but it can aptly fill the void. Listeners who enjoy a harder, harsher sound, though, will be disappointed, here.
And what about Coldplay, U2’s stylistic successors?
Bono and the gang have a lot of catching up to do to win back the mantle of the “Biggest Band in the World.”
Choice Tracks: “Iris (Hold Me Close),” “Volcano,” “Raised By Wolves,” “This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now.”