Throw in the towel, it’s time to Surrender
By Sun Children
I understand the tie in to Bono’s book. But, they supposedly have lots of new material to record, and they come up with this? I bought the first album in the month it was released back in 1980, and have bought everything since, but will skip this one. Yes, U2, I have spent thousands on shows and albums and given you a great life, as you often thank your fans, but no more. Give something back that is new and 100% original, not un-plugged versions.
Beautiful versions. It’s not new stuff… I don’t expect that. This is an acoustical version of their songs. Very relaxing, instrumental and calming. Absolutely love it.
Beautiful. Inspiring. It’s an incredible reworking of their songs and their classics that are now different. But at the same token, it follows the same path as an “unplugged” album that so many bands use to do and we loved. Streets and Stories for Boys stand out. So do City of Blinding Lights and With or Without You and The Fly. Keep the originals in mind, but don’t for a second believe it’s simply “stripped down” versions of those songs. These are different. And I think most fans, especially after a few listens, will find this collection to be extraordinary
Do NOT pay for this!!!
By A review 123
This is a big hot mess! Absolutely a waste of time listening to. We all have these songs, we don’t need to re-buy them. There is really nothing worth checking out here. It was a painful 2 hours plus listening to this. Is this U2 saying they are done? Cannot think of something new to do? Or is the mighty Bono done? Stream this hot garbage first before you pay money for it.
I am all in!!
I really enjoy hearing them reimagine these songs. You can see each member’s personality in the songs that they chose and the manner in which they were rearranged. My personal favorite is Edge’s. I’m a car singer, and this collection is lots of fun to croon to on the road. Lots of artists did vanity projects during COVID, and this surely isn’t among the worst.
Stripped down and acoustic
Some of these are better than the originals! At first I was suspicious they were re-recording old songs as a gimmick, but the new documentary A Sort of Homecoming puts this recording project into perspective. They wanted to capture the sound they have when performing live in the present day. I have always been a fan of U2 live shows more than the studio albums and I have quite a collection of live show bootlegs for that very reason. The live songs really do sound different from the studio albums we all got used to on the radio. This collection captures the magic of the loudest Irish folk band ever. If you enjoy the U2 concert experience, which always includes a stripped down acoustic segment where they slow down and create a floating dreamscape, this collection is awesome.
This cracked my heart right open
May be an album for lifelong fans. Not sure fans who just dig on the hits will get it. I love the intimacy of it.
This is such an enjoyable surprise. I was not expecting to like this after hearing the first couple pre released songs. I had it playing while doing stuff around the house, and I enjoyed so many of these reimagined versions. Not necessarily better than the originals but these versions offer a softer and unique interpretation that allows me to listen to these songs even in a quieter mood. Stand outs are Stories Fir Boys, The Fly, Desire, If God Will Send His Angels, and Bad.
Beautiful and raw
The songs are so beautiful, raw and acoustic. Ignore the bad reviews. It’s so stunning, mellow and a lovely album to put on for an evening with friends, or drive to. If you love stories and lyrics, it’s a whole new appreciation of their songwriting and magical vocals
Love this NEW Album.
It's so great hearing the boys re-up with their best and bravest from all these years. Some very cool stuff. Reading these one star reviews really helps you understand why Dylan picked up an electric guitar. Relax everybody. 1) it's 20 bucks, that's what you pay for a soda and pocorn at the cineplex, 2) PREVIEW BEFORE YOU BUY, yeah? and 3) Open your hearts and minds, if anyone is ripping us off for dough it's Apple and the record company, NOT U2 themselves, jeezus wept. #U2 Rocks!