Thanks to its mesmerizing single "Vertigo," How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb became the most widely anticipated recent release by a major band. After teasing the world until it frothed at the mouth for more, does Bomb deliver? Oh, yeah.

"Love and Peace or Else," a lyrically simple prayer for sanity, begins with a super fuzzy bass riff from Adam Clayton followed by Bono leading the song into multiple crescendos. The track has an ominous feeling, like its wish for peace will fail, brought to a head by the synth work and production of Brian Eno.

"All Because of You" is a rocker featuring The Edge’s distinctive guitar burn while "quieter" songs like "Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own" and "Crumbs From Your Table" retain that big U2 sound yet allow Bono’s emotional reading to sparkle. A bonus DVD includes a performance of "Vertigo" with Edge playing the guitar part, amazingly enough, on a banjo.

Grade: A

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