yeah, a U2 record is an afterthought at this point. It's sad for them, but it happens to everyone. If I was born ten years later I don't think I'd care about them at all, but since I got into them during Zoo TV I still hold out hope that they'll be great again. And even if they're not, I still enjoy very good U2 songs more than a lot of music that better in every way. It's probably just nostalgia.
But I mean, they could still be great if they stop chasing hits.