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Old 09-13-2017, 09:08 PM   #1
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Atomic Bomb Appreciation

I'm sure there is a thread floating around here somewhere but I had trouble finding one dedicated to it on the search. I have developed a new appreciation for this album after recently listening to it. I remember when it first came out and years after it did not particularly resonate with me. As I got older and as of recently I've developed sort of connection to a lot of Bono's lyrics and how passionate he sings on the album. I know the record has taken a lot of heat here particularly with the super loud production and in ways having an overall safe sound but it really hit home. It was my uncles second favorite U2 album after Boy and I always sort of gave him crap about it really being one of their worst. Turns out at this moment it's one of my favorites. How do you guys feel? Is it aging more like a fine wine?

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Put it this way. If U2 came out with it now, I'd be ecstatic.
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My least favorite U2 album of the 2000's, but it has grown on me in the past few years. COBL and Sometimes You Can't Make It... are still my favorite tracks.
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I really liked this album from the time it was released. I am not a fan of Vertigo other than during their shows where it rocks. I even really like Yahweh which really takes a beating here....

Unfortunately it does have one of the worst (maybe THE worst) U2 song in AMAAW but that's ok, it's skippable...

As for how it has aged, TBH I don't listen to it much anymore. although I don't really listen to full albums in general anymore.
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:44 AM   #5
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I love the Bomb.

I've always described it as the album where U2 looks forward as old men. Not musically, because it's very much a standard pop rock album, but forward as in what life will look like from now on. Its never nostalgic; instead it offers a reflection of love and faith.

For me it's always been more about the album as whole, rather than the parts, which is funny because Bono describes it as the opposite. You need all the parts working together to really feel the weight of it.

The only real clunker for me is One Step Closer, which is boring without being fun or interesting.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:43 AM   #6
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This was the first time I'd ever anticipated a u2 album coming out. My first album as a fan I'd buy on the day it came out. Atyclb got me into u2 but that was after it came out.

I was 18 at the time and I can remember being at work. I was that desperate to listen to the album I got my dad to buy it and drop it off to me on his lunch break. I had my tiny little sony cd Walkman with me and I played it all afternoon.

It was such a great time to be a u2 fan. Those 5 years between 2000-2005 were unbelievable years and probably there last period of being huge and relevant.

The album itself I loved. Probably don't love it as much now but I still go back to it, tracks like vertigo, miracle drug,sycmioyo,city of blinding lights,all because of you, crumbs from your table,love and peace and original of the species are great u2 songs.

Vertigo will probably be there last huge hit that will be played for generations.

First time I saw the band live aswell. Did 3 gigs on the vertigo tour.
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It has some cracking songs in my opinion:

- City of Blinding Lights
- Original of the Species
- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own

Then a bunch of decent songs such as Miracle Drug, Crumbs, Vertigo, All Because of You, One Step Closer etc.

It's a good album. Safe, yes. But it has some memorable songs.
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This album holds a special place in my heart. It was probably my peak of U2 fandom. I ran a silly website leading up to the release, had just started working with Unforgettable Fire doing their website, went to the Brooklyn Bridge show and hung out all night to get the album at Tower Records in Times Square, saw them I think 8 times on the Vertigo tour, firat time in the ellipse/heart seeing them up close, got to be backstage at three of those shows () including a brief run in with Adam and Edge, and overall had a hell of a year.

2006 also sucked for me big time, so probably makes me look back on the Vertigo era even more fondly.

Still think the album holds up well, too. I listen to songs from Bomb more than I listen to No Line or even SOI for that matter.
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Bomb wipes nloth out of the water for me. I probably listen to soi more now and I never skip a track but I'd say some of the songs on bomb are alot stronger if that makes sense
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Old 09-14-2017, 11:48 AM   #10
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Far, far better than either of the two albums that have followed it. Probably my 4th or 5th favorite album. Though Every Breaking Wave comes fairly close, I think U2's last truly incredible song was COBL.
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Bomb will always hold a special place in the soundtrack of life. My friend had downloaded the entire album well before it was released, so I listened to it endlessly before it even came out. Naturally, I still bought the CD when it went on sale.

I was excited when I first heard Vertigo on the radio. Loved Edge's driving riff. COBL will always be my favorite track from Bomb. Crumbs and especially Sometimes are amongst my other Bomb favorites. I know Sometimes is about Bono and his dad, but I re-interpreted the song to be about the relationship with my gf at the time. 2004 to 2006 was a crazy time in my life and thanks to Bomb, I was able to endure the craziness.
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I know Vertigo is the calling card, but the real all-time U2 classic here has become COBL (thanks, Obama). It has the magic of old while sounding very 21st century. It soars and aches, and was perhaps the most memorable opener of the 21st century tours.

I don't revisit this one much, but OOTS is *my* U2 song, as if they wrote it for me because it helped me greatly at the time, and the rest seems to fade into the background a bit. It has some great lines ("love and faith and sex and fear / and all the things that keep us here") if not overall great lyrics, and some of the intital would-be classics (MD) have washed away with time.

Its success kept them around, so for that I'm grateful.
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Nice to see appreciation for this album on this thread, in contrast to the usual hate. I actually like this album a lot. It has several really great songs. It's not my favorite album, but it might be my 6th or 7th favorite (which is fairly high).
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This album holds a special place in my heart. It was probably my peak of U2 fandom. I ran a silly website leading up to the release, had just started working with Unforgettable Fire doing their website, went to the Brooklyn Bridge show and hung out all night to get the album at Tower Records in Times Square, saw them I think 8 times on the Vertigo tour, firat time in the ellipse/heart seeing them up close, got to be backstage at three of those shows () including a brief run in with Adam and Edge, and overall had a hell of a year.

2006 also sucked for me big time, so probably makes me look back on the Vertigo era even more fondly.

Still think the album holds up well, too. I listen to songs from Bomb more than I listen to No Line or even SOI for that matter.
ha i remember the office of U2 security. good times.

i love this album. I don't care how uncool it is on here to like it, but it was the first time I was a massive, rabid fan headed into a release. I was 17 when it came out. I still remember when I got home from class and Vertigo had been played on the Spanish radio station.

I ended up seeing 24 Vertigo shows. was a great time to end high school and start college.

people can crap on Vertigo all they want, but it's in my top 10 U2 songs. easily. I don't think the lyrics are as vapid as people make them out to be, and it's a monster live. I'm glad the three Joshua Tree shows I saw had Vertigo in them.

I wish the mixing and production on the album wasn't crappy, but i can get past that pretty easily.

another song that gets bashed here routinely - all because of you - i was hoping that would rotate on the e-stage for the ie tour. it didn't. ah well.

is it as good as Joshua Tree, Achtung? of course not. but it's a really good album, and one i'll always like no matter how uncool it is.
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It's been a while since I've listened to it front to back, should do that this weekend.

I've always felt it's a decent collection of songs (some are great songs), but it doesn't feel like an album. And don't even get me started on the "loudness" issue of the production.
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