Songs of Surrender

U2 - Songs of Surrender
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2023 Ratings: #735 / 757
User Score
Based on 191 ratings
2023 Rank: #1194
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Irish Times
These ‘reinterpreted’ tracks are a reminder that, whether you like them or not, U2 have exceptional songs in their back catalogue.
80
The Telegraph
Done so thoughtfully, such surrender to the imperatives of age might better be considered an act of grace.
80
Mojo
If their creative missteps in the past two decades have generally been caused by their twin determinations to keep up with modern pop and relentlessly pursue music that works in stadia, then here they’ve cut themselves free from all of that. Ultimately, it may be a watershed moment. By stripping it all back down, in some ways, they’re bigger.
80
Uncut
The highlights are splendid: a brass-embellished "Red Hill Mining Town", a languid piano-led "Beautiful Day", a near-calypso "Miracle of Joey Ramone".
80
Rolling Stone
More than just an acoustic greatest hits, the band's latest is uniquely revealing and emotionally resonant.
80
Clash
‘Songs Of Surrender’ is so much more than just an unplugged ‘greatest hits’ quadruple album. This is a stunning showcase of milestone moments and more from the Irish quartet. It’s a touching journey reflecting on how the four boys changed into men and changed the world through the power of music at the same time.
70
XS Noize
Re-imagining 40 songs is a Herculean task that in the end probably should not have been attempted if this is the outcome.
60
The Guardian
In a typically grand gesture, 40 songs are picked by the band for muted acoustic treatments, with varying degrees of success.
60
NME
There is disappointment that a number of U2’s big-hitters don’t translate well on ‘Stories For Surrender’, but this revision hasn’t been a totally fruitless endeavour: you just have to dig a little bit deeper to find the reimagined material that’s truly worth savouring.
60
AllMusic
Pros that they are, U2 deliver smooth, polished performances that are handsome and, yes, intimate but not especially compelling. It's stylish background music that sounds a bit like it was designed to be heard in chain coffeehouses during the late 2000s.
60
Record Collector
None of these will supplant the originals, but the precision of The Edge’s rearrangements and enduring quality of Bono’s unvarnished voice, in particular, make for a satisfying, understated journey of rediscovery.
60
Classic Rock
When it all connects, there's a new understanding of the song or the author.
57
Pitchfork
Spearheaded by the Edge, this collection of stripped-down, re-imagined U2 songs is a frustrating missed opportunity.
50
No Ripcord

The biggest issue with Songs of Surrender is that U2 often fail to be malleable enough to truly stretch their wings and radically reshape these tracks. They too often, to their detriment, play it safe.

50
PopMatters
U2’s sense of surprise was exchanged for maddeningly consistent predictability in their later career, and ‘Songs of Surrender’ sounds how you think it would.
40
The Independent
Most of these lo-fi reimaginings only make you miss the original more.
35
Spectrum Culture
Songs of Surrender is tailor-made to be forgotten, to flow in one ear and out the other before passing into nothingness as you scroll through Spotify for the real, better versions of these songs.
BradTasteMusic
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U2 .

big_stanker
14

we aint forgiving you for what you did on itunes

Whynot
50

Let’s be clear, there was no need to make this album, it is definitely too long and too many songs hit exactly the same key and played the same tricks too many times, and for that reason every piece of disappointment it is clearly justify, but let’s try to move on and see if there is something here to love (at least a tiny bit). Besides that, for a band that have been absolutely lost (in terms of musical direction) and sparkless for at least 15 years (we can disagree in that number ... read more

Sxnhs
24

i did last listen to this months back so idk if my opinion has changed (thats how i do reviews btw i have listened to like another 1k albums i havent rated yet)

JPMiller23
22

My ears are bleeding oh no

Pros: almost none
Cons: everything plus the number of tracks

18

i really dislike this album

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Added on: January 10, 2023