How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2004 Ratings: #117 / 409
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Based on 191 ratings
2004 Ratings: #235
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Overall, the album is unabashedly grand and inspirational.

Q Magazine
With their 11th studio album, they've succeeded in not becoming crap quite admirably.
The Guardian

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb may be unadventurous and melodramatic, but it is packed with disarming moments.


Though the band rattle and strum with their old ’80s vigour, the lines that stay with you speak of a creeping malaise.

Rolling Stone

This is grandiose music from grandiose men, sweatlessly confident in the execution of their duties.

Drowned in Sound
Simply, it’s back to what it was all about in the first place; writing cracking tunes and just being boys in a band.
Entertainment Weekly

U2 are one of the few remaining bands who can make pop-chart lust work for them, as Atomic Bomb intermittently demonstrates.

Coke Machine Glow

Compared to All That You Can’t Leave Behind, it’s immensely sincere, well-thought out, and meaningful ...  Atomic Bomb also happens to be loaded with hooks.


The record does sound good when it's playing, but this conservatism is what keeps HTDAAB earthbound and prevents it from standing alongside War, The Joshua Tree, and Achtung Baby as one of the group's finest efforts.

Brash, grungy, and loud... a tiny handful of outstanding tracks and a whole mess of schmaltzy filler.

O álbum que o U2 se firmou como a maior banda do mundo, mas não chega a ser uma obra de arte. Em "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" os irlandeses criaram um trabalho competente mas não muito ousado, que agradou as "academias" conservadoras por ter conseguido ter um alcance de massas.


All That You Can't Leave Behind pt. 2 but stronger and more sincere.


it's a common theme with U2 that every time they "re-invent" themselves they follow it up with a bit of a watered down version. so this is kinda 'all that you can't leave behind''s 'zooropa'. "vertigo" is like a mix of "beautiful day" and "elevation" but not as good as either, "sometimes you can't make it on your own" still packs a bit of a nostalgic punch for me but is still pretty corny compared to "stuck in a moment" for example. ... read more


Vertigo: 85 / 100
Miracle Drug: 75 / 100
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own: 75 / 100
Love and Peace or Else: 50 / 100
City of Blinding Lights: 75 / 100
All Because of You: 55 / 100
A Man and a Woman: 60 / 100
Crumbs from Your Table: 55 / 100
One Step Closer: 55 / 100
Original of the Species: 60 / 100
Yahweh: 60 / 100

Average: 64,09 / 100


While it's mostly more the of the same boredom as their last album, this record has some of the ugliest, ear-piercing guitar riffs I've ever heard, combined with the lengthy runtimes on each track.


This album sounds like a more boring All That You Can't Leave Behind and it's one of their most middle of the road releases.

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