Interesting thread and view points. I already responded, so I won't discuss my hates. I find the strong feelings though interesting because while I dislike many U2 songs to some extent, hate is something that only really occurs for the few songs I listed earlier.
The R&H comments I find interesting. I remember that pre-2000 it had to be one of the most hated U2 albums by most people, including U2 fans, for the reasons many here complain about. I find a lot to dislike, too with respect to their strong attempts at playing blues. But, I do enjoy When Love Comes to Town when I'm in the mood. I don't mind Silver and Gold (I like it best out of that whole group of what I called American Rock inspired songs). Love Rescue Me I often find annoying, but there are times I can enjoy it. Hawkmoon and God II are songs I tend to enjoy like I do Silver and Gold. Heartland I love as I would any song from JT.
Overall, RH is my least listened to U2 album although not my least favorite. I think it is just annoying that as stated earlier, they went and payed tribute to a style of music they never incorporated themselves. That being said, knowing U2's roots, I'm not sure they could have made that work with any style of music. I know books always suggest that U2 came out of the punk movement, but I think that is quite a stretch. They may have, but they don't sound punk enough to credibly pay tribute either. It really shows up in their tribute to the Ramones. The Ramones are great, but U2's cover was a bit horrific (to put it kindly).