Great blog. I liked the U2 segment best. You're point of view is exactly identical to my own.
I hope the reception of Pop hasn't hindered the band's motivation to be daring. It is the fearless U2 that got me hooked. U2 need not to be shy for their next release. They know they still have that daring fun, it's just dormant because I think they've grown shy.
Anyway, I'll be visiting again!