NLOTH was a slow grower to me. But once I got it, it has slid permanently into position 5 in my ranking of albums, right beneath where I place AB. (October-TUF-War are my top three, and it's hard to shake past those...)
Definitely their best work of the 00's. More experimental, so emotional. Initially, I didnt like the title track at all. But now it's grown on me. I didnt care for White As Snow... and now it's grown on me as well. MOS has grown more beautiful after witnessing it performed live 6x this past summer. In Denver, Bono CRIED between the last two stanzas. He turned to the band, and when he came back, you could see the tears, his wet eyes. The song obviously affects him greatly. It affects me too. Because I've hit my own moment of surrender in my past... and the words to that song just come straight from the soul, sung from the gut. It's painfully beautiful and I love it.
I'm also a huge fan of Breathe which gets bashed all over the place on here. But Breathe is my second favorite U2 song of all time... right after ASOH (my first). Breathe is like a breath of fresh air after a hard cry. I always marvel at its placement on NLOTH... right after the somber White As Snow... it lifts you up right before throwing you back down into the sad Cedars of Lebonan. This album takes you on one heck of an emotional journey and I love it.
My only regret for 360 is that I didnt see any 2009 shows when Breathe, NLOTH, and Unknown Caller were played... (Also, I would have loved to hear TUF!!!
). But I did get to hear Magnificent, played in its pure form (not that crappy remix) so that was beautiful....