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With their latest album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb heading the charts and a leading contender for album of the year, their election into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tops off an amazing year. We have been following them closely

New and reviews gathered here:

How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2’s limp faux profundity
It’s a boring excuse for songwriting.
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on January 12, 2005 04:09 PM

Top Selling Albums Worldwide 2004
See “Sturgeon’s Law” (ie. 90% of EVERYTHING is crap)
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on January 8, 2005 12:11 PM

Music Overview 2004
Looking over last year, music wasn’t all that bad. Listen hard enough and you’ll come up with greatness, not to mention evolution.
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on January 7, 2005 07:10 PM

U2’s real bandleader
I was watching the bonus DVD that came with the new U2 album on some releases. I borrowed it from a friend because the demons at Best Buy (Denver) opted not to carry it. Anyhow, it reminded me of something… [Edit] Posted in Blogcritics Archives on January 5, 2005 03:01 AM

The Theory’s 2004 Favorites List
It was a pretty fine year for music. Twenty years from now I’ll look back on 2004 and say, “Damn!” Just because it was so fine. So here’s my top 15 of the year. 15) U2- How To Dismantle An…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on January 3, 2005 11:35 PM

U2 – Elevation 2001 (Live From Boston) DVD Review
I really wasn’t expecting much from this latest concert video from U2. After all, I found their previous two albums Zooropa and Pop to be experimental blunders (to put it mildly) that signaled the beginning of the end of a… [Edit] Posted in Blogcritics Archives on December 27, 2004 04:23 PM

2004: Best in Music
A look back at the music of 2004: U2, Lanegan, Elliott Smith and more
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on December 17, 2004 12:36 PM

Cranky’s Favorites for 2004: Pop & Rock & Whatever
Again, that time of year is rocketing toward us all. It’s been a mad and magnificent one. The election. The Red Sox. Phew! Also, it’ll be a little weird seeing Regis Philbin filling in for Dick Clark, that’s for sure.Here…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on December 14, 2004 12:51 PM

2005 Rock Hall Inductees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2005 inductees just a bit ago – it’s a very solid and substantial list: U2, the O’Jays, the Pretenders, Percy Sledge, Buddy Guy, and nonperformers Frank Barsalona and Seymour Stein….
Posted in Blogcritics on December 13, 2004 11:22 AM

U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
With more countries around the world gaining nuclear capabilities, U2’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is a manual on how to deal with the inevitable future world conflicts. The simple, obvious lessons about love, peace and faith are nothing…
Posted in Blogcritics on December 11, 2004 01:13 AM

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Now here’s something that makes me happy. U2’s new CD arrived this morning in the mail, and it’s as if their past few disaster albums had never happened, and they’d picked up right after “The Joshua Tree.” The wonderful noise…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 30, 2004 07:34 PM

The Friday Morning Listen: Pre-Thanksgiving ’04 Edition
A Musical Virus.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 24, 2004 09:36 AM

U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
“Turn it up loud, captain!”
Posted in Blogcritics on November 23, 2004 04:00 PM

U2 Invade NYC
The day began with what people thought were random U2 sightings all over Manhattan, and then slowly, people came to realize that they were driving all over the city on the back of a truck, playing various songs, as part…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 22, 2004 10:37 PM

U2 and the Ipod
U2 has brilliantly aligned themselves with the single greatest icon of the music experience in the 21st century – the Ipod.
Posted in Blogcritics on November 22, 2004 06:25 PM

U2 Goes For Thirds On Saturday Night Live
U2 SNL video of “I Will Follow” here. As Randy Reichardt and Lono have already ably and passionately described, U2 brought down the house last night on SNL, first blowing through the greatest rock single of the year, the effervescent…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 21, 2004 02:53 PM

U2 Rocks SNL’s House
:: What a difference two weeks make. Two weeks ago, Ashlee Simpson reduced the musical history of Saturday Night Live to one of its lowest points ever. Last week, Modest Mouse brought the level back up to where it belongs,…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 21, 2004 03:40 AM

U2 on SNL tonight
Holy crap! Did you see that? Tell me you saw that. That was phenomenal, groundbreaking, life rock and roll live television (for me anyhow, but I am hardcore music dork). U2 just proved why they are the greatest band in…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 21, 2004 02:17 AM

Killing Bono – by Neil McCormick
“A true story,” says the subtitle. Well, Killing Bono already has one of the catchiest titles ever, so the true story bit and the banner – even above the title – about “Forward by Bono” makes this book an easy…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 17, 2004 11:51 PM

the new U2 & the real story
Alright folks, I absolutely can not resist posting this. Since apparently everyone in the world has the new U2 disc but me, here is a posting I did almost a year ago regarding no band at all. It is called…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 17, 2004 05:27 AM

“Band Aid 20” Now Recorded
(BBC – click pic for photo legend) The 20th anniversary version of “Do they Know It’s Christmas” was recorded yesterday and will be credited to “Band Aid 20.” BBC News entertainment reporter Ian Youngs was inside Air Studios in…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 15, 2004 07:43 PM

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
It would be an understatement to say that I have been looking forward to this album’s release for a long time. It’s a tradition that I am accustomed to: every four or five years, the new U2 album comes…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 12, 2004 11:15 PM

U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
first impressions
Posted in Blogcritics on November 7, 2004 05:19 PM

U2 New Album Leaked
U2’s new album “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” smashed into the internet this morning (eastern time). It’s now all over torrent sites, newgroups, and everywhere in general. Fans are speculating whether this will prompt a push-forward in release date…
Posted in Blogcritics on November 6, 2004 05:31 PM

REVIEW: U2 iPod/iPod Photo
Apple has now announced the new U2 ipod ($349) and the ultra-new ipod Photo. ($499-$599) The new U2 version will come in black and red which might appeal to fans that wear nothing but black but a limited list of…
Posted in Blogcritics on October 28, 2004 12:20 PM

iPod Photo, U2 deal impress
So, here I sit with a gorgeous two-month old iPod that is no longer cutting edge.
Posted in Blogcritics on October 27, 2004 08:18 AM

Why U2 sucks in 2004
U2 has enjoyed a long and prolific career. Their success is due in large part to their record of continually pushing their music into new areas of style, technique, and image. Few groups today can match them in terms of…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on October 26, 2004 02:48 PM

Uncut Magazine, November 2004 (U2 Cover Story by Stephen Dalton)
Writing about rock writing is probably pop eating itself one too many times over, but who are any of us kidding? Ok… The personal trails and creative triumphs of U2’s Zoo years are so epic in scale that they need…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on October 24, 2004 10:11 AM

New Generation Band Aid Recording
If you were around twenty years ago, I am sure you vividly remember the video where a roomful of UK stars sang “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” line-by-line individually, collectively on the choruses: first George Michael, then Boy George,…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on October 22, 2004 04:32 PM

Sobering Bono
U2 has a new album coming out in November (Brendan Creecy reviews the single “Vertigo” here, Damon Muma here), was just nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Bono has other things besides music on his…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on September 30, 2004 07:52 PM

Vertigo
U2’s new single “Vertigo” will please fans of the older stuff.
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on September 28, 2004 02:08 AM

VERTIGO by U2
U2’s 1st single from their first album in 4 years. What does it all mean?
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on September 23, 2004 09:32 PM

Rock Hall 2005 Nominees
The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2005 were announced yesterday: Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five are among the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — the first rap artists…
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on September 14, 2004 07:04 PM

Bono At The RNC
*** WIZBANG EXCLUSIVE *** All pictures copyright Wizbang. Unauthorized use prohibited. Bono paid a visit to the Republican National Convention (posing here with an attendee): View Full Picture Bono hung out in in the Host Committee Suite for 15 minutes……
Posted in Blogcritics Archives on September 2, 2004 01:08 PM

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