100 Best Albums of the 2000s
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.
• Rolling Stone's Original 2004 Review