100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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U2, 'No Line on the Horizon'

U2 aimed sky-high on their 12th album, recording with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and combining lessons from all over their career: their Joshua Tree-era anthems; their abstract, modern Nineties; and the renewed focus of their last decade. The result was an open-hearted disc with dizzying high points: The joyous "Magnificent," the locomotive title track, the party-hearty "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight." Bono infused everything with gospel yearning, even when he expressed doubt and dislocation in "Unknown Caller" — but most clearly, and gorgeously, on the on-your-knees testimonial "Moment of Surrender."

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