I will say this: while many folks seem to criticize Bono for going back to the well, I don't think that's really the case. NLOTH, as much as I loathe the album, was at least, in part, an attempt to write differently, by using the third person POV. It's something he hadn't really done before, writing "in character", or at least so specifically from a character's point of view.
That said, those lyrics So Cruel mentioned are just abysmal. One more album like that, and I will happily stop following the band. Except for reissues, or whatever.