Songs of Innocence

U2 - Songs of Innocence
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #955 / 1019
User Score
Based on 263 ratings
2014 Ratings: #423
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Rolling Stone

Songs of Innocence is a triumph of dynamic, focused renaissance: 11 tracks of straightforward rapture about the life-saving joys of music, drawing on U2's long palette of influences and investigations of post-punk rock, industrial electronics and contemporary dance music.

80
Sputnikmusic

This is the kind of album that could just make you believe in their legacy all over again.

75
A.V. Club

On Songs Of Innocence, U2 don’t seem compelled to recycle past glories in order to reach for relevance. That’s a tiny—but notable—victory.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

This is no disaster, nor is it a masterpiece. Songs of Innocence is a competent U2 album, always a good thing. 

50
PopMatters

Each song has the feel of an insular experiment that feels completely disconnected from what comes both before and after it.

46
Pitchfork

Bono may have self-deprecatingly described Songs of Innocence as “the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys...in your junk mail,” but it’s not even that interesting—it’s just a blank message.

40
NME

This is a serious mis-step that might win a week's worth of good publicity, but could foreshadow a year's worth of bad.

40
Drowned in Sound

It’s a series of mid-tempo songs with fitful sputters of classic U2-ishness that never really come to much.

40
Exclaim!

If U2 was ever cool or exciting, that spark has been absent for a good 20 years, and with Songs of Innocence, they've never sounded so ordinary or cloying. 

35
Under The Radar

It's not that the songs on here are necessarily terrible; certainly there's nothing to plumb the depths of "Elevation" or "Get on your Boots," but rather that Songs of Innocence is a soulless and unwanted lump of shiny plastic.

30
musicOMH

Songs Of Innocence is a neutered, soporific album.

aronmace
35

Any one remember when this came out it automatically got downloaded onto your iPhone and the only way to delete it was to download an app that removes it? Those were tHE DAYS

halbery
NR

U2 but its gay

exception
55

rolling stone couldn't have heard the same thing i did
fav track: the miracle (of Joey Ramone)

evanjerm
NR

get this album out of my apple music library

koxtil
NR

Da fuq, Rolling Stone????????????????????????????????????????????????????

3DSGuy11
49

This album came with my iPad, lol. Kinda wish it didn't, it was very dull. It wasn't anything special at all, it is just a complete baron wasteland compared to all the previous hits that U2 has had in the past.

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Added on: September 9, 2014