It's a good record, but it's not great and some fans will hold that against the band. The more you listen to it, the more you will appreciate it, but there are weak moments on the album and part of the problem is that when U2 repeats themselves, they don't outdo previous efforts, so why should we bother listening to the new stuff?
Also, the poetry of Bono's lyrics has become too simple and clichéd. In every song but "Yahweh" he refers to "I," but I don't know much about the narrator and they aren't all the same person. I want more interesting details in the stories he tells, and to be honest, God is a boring character. There's not much conflict when you are all-knowing and all-powerful.
I could have down with out the red, white black colors of the liner notes. Maybe that's petty, but since The White Stripes that palette is being used everywhere these days. From the film Ocean's Twelve to albums by Green Day and Lenny Kravitz. Even a Honda commercial uses it. It feels like grabbing onto something popular rather than striving for something original.
I was surprised that there weren't more political songs due to what's been happening in the world since their last album, but maybe with all that he's seen and the loss of his father, Bono sees love and God as being more important the politics of man. After all, nothing has changed since the days of their youth. People in different parts of the world are still experiencing their own "Sunday, Bloody, Sunday" and there continue to be "Mothers of the Disappeared," so what good would one more song really do?