I don't understand how chiming guitar sounds can get criticism on a U2 fan forum. That would be like going on a prog-rock forum and complaining about songs by Yes, Genesis, etc being too long.
I think this has been taken a little too literally, when it seemed a hypothetical question.
The response Clayton gave in any case was reasonable. The song did sound a little different to everything else at the time, but it does inevitably sound dated 30 years on when comparing to modern day production sounds...
On the other hand, you have crap like California (U2-ism: the atmospheric and sonically interesting intro), EBW (U2-ism: Chimey guitar)... you get the idea.
For the criticism that 'chimey' guitar riffs gets in these parts, a lot of people sure liked Iris off the last album.
It was used tastefully by U2 in the 80s. However, on ATYCLB, for example, they emphasized the chimey guitar as it felt like a "back-to-basics" thing. As a result, songs like Crumbs From Your Table sound laughable. Don't take offense if you like that track, but when you compare it to... a song like WOWY, where the ringing guitar is used sparingly, Crumbs sounds awful.