While tooling around my van these days, I'm enjoying the new release from U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, a belated fifty-first birthday gift from my son. It's a stunning piece of work! Lyrically challenging, musically satisfying. Even appreciative reviews have pointed out that U2 doesn't cover any new musical ground in this LP, eschewing the experimentation that marked collections like Achtung Baby. But what they have done is further flesh out the style they have been perfecting since their first records in the 80s. U2 is an original band, but you can also occasionally hear them pay homage to their musical influences---including Roy Orbison, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and others. The Edge's guitar work on this collection is absolutely on fire. And of course, U2's passion for Christ and for people is very much on display.
So, just for fun, here are my five favorite bands of all time (at least tonight)...
1. The Beatles
5. Audio Adrenaline
[Honorable mention: The Eagles]
[Special mention: The Dave Clark Five]
Who's on your list?