3 Very disappointingMrExtreme | 19/02/2009 | See all MrExtreme's reviews (2)After a very radio friendly album "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" and a very Beatlesque album "All That You Can't Leave Behind" a lot of U2 fans including myself were in desperate need for this next album to be a depature from that work. The problem is, it is but not in the way some of us hoped.There are numerous problems with the album that just don't cut it, and don't 'grab' you like all U2 albums should. For starters the problem I find with the album is the amount of layers in each of the songs. Each of them seem to have to many sounds going on at once and therefore drown out some of guitar, rhythm section or Bono's vocals. Yet, on some songs it is the other way round and you find Bono's vocals for example being too prominent drowning out the atmospheric sounds of the song.Other problems with the album are that The Edge does not seem to be involved with his guitar work as much as U2's previous albums. He almost seems restrained and again this might be because of the amount of layers in each song. Bono's lyrics also seem very basic and to be fair quite lazy and poor in comparison to his other work. Some of the lyrics at times are also absolutely ridiculous and very cringe worthy to say the least.My final problem with the album is that the album doesn't feel like U2 at all. It feels more like a Passengers II album which they collborated with Brian Eno on. It seems too much of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois' that it loses the distinctness that makes a U2 album sound like it's theirs.Overall, I am saddened and very disappointed by this album and I hope U2 come up with something better for their next otherwise I can't see them staying relevant for much longer.