Today, Rolling Stone released its list of the year’s 50 best albums, and U2’s Songs of Experience has claimed the No.


In fact, the early consensus on the Consequence of Sound Slack channel is that Songs of Experience is one of the year’s worst releases, another dud in U2’s once flawless discography. Another cynical, joyless arena/corporate rock offering from a once inventive band. the purpose and sustenance he still finds in music, songwriting and performance.

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All this adds up to an album that feels vaguely desperate. This particular list does neither because a collection of songs isn't a good way to get people interested in music; the album list better serves that purpose (though it is also very flawed).

To be honest i believe almsot all lists ever written about music are pretty pointless but this one is special.
That's the exact beauty in it though, music can be debated for years and years and still no one will agree.

Say what you will about the muddled Pop: at least it had an ethos.

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Another cynical, joyless arena/corporate rock offering from a once inventive band. I can't fight you.

As they did with Innocence, U2 made Experience with multiple producers, including veteran hand Steve Lillywhite.

“American Soul” is a metallic-guitar letter of gratitude to the roots and ideals that drove U2 forward (with a warning-sermon cameo by Kendrick Lamar). If it is supposed to be the best then it is completely meaningless. People love creating them, especially in music. We want to hear from you! Typical to many modern records, Songs of Experience is the result of too many cooks: Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder claim the main production credits, with Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, and old friend Steve Lillywhite responsible for additional production, whatever that may be. A bit of a return to form, showing some of the energy they likely found in themselves while touring the anniversary of The Joshua Tree last year. We probably won’t get invited over for breakfast at Bono’s house anytime soon.