100 Best Albums of the 2000s

100 Best Albums of the 2000s

U2, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'

68. U2, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'

U2 stripped down and got tuneful on 2001's All That You Can't Leave Behind – then they turned up on Atomic Bomb. Released just weeks after Dubya was elected for a second term, the band offer hope with what they do best: soaring guitar escapades, arena-ready choruses and arrangements so epic you can practically see the blinding cityscape stage they toured with that year. Still, the personal moments shine through: "One Step Closer," which Bono wrote about his father's death, is a gorgeous tribute that proves that the band rarely loses its soul, no matter how big they sound.


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