Sunday, December 20, 2009

Best of the 00's: How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

The night is full of holes as bullets rip the sky of ink with gold, They twinkle as the boys play rock and roll... (U2 - Vertigo)

After a bit of down trend in the mid to late 90's, U2 roared back with the trifecta, 3 great cds in the 00's; 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, 2004's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and 2009's No Line on the Horizon.

U2 went into the studio in 2003 with producer Chris Thomas for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb with the intention of producing a classic guitar album to be released during the 2003 Christmas season. Thomas left before the album was finished and Steve Lillywight was brought in to clean up. The cd included 8 producers and was not released until 2004, but it was worth the wait.

HTDAAB starts with maybe the best single of the 00's and Vertigo; "Unos, dos, tres, catorce" and as Bruce Springsteen wrote for his induction speech for U2 going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it is perfect math. - "Uno, dos, tres, catorce. That translates as one, two, three, fourteen. That is the correct math for a rock and roll band. For in art and love and rock and roll, the whole had better equal much more than the sum of its parts, or else you're just rubbing two sticks together searching for fire. A great rock band searches for the same kind of combustible force that fueled the expansion of the universe after the big bang. You want the earth to shake and spit fire. You want the sky to split apart and for God to pour out." - Bruce Springsteen

Yahweh is a beautiful rocker (done here acoustically)

The highlight of the cd is City of Blinding Lights, a New York City song.

Other highlights include Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, All Because of You and Original of the Species. U2 released 3 cd's in the 00's and all are on the best of the 00's.

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