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Title: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: suitoflights on January 29, 2018, 08:36:12 AM
Songs of Innocence
No Line on the Horizon
Songs of Experience
How to Dismantle An Atomic bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind

Hard to rank the bottom 2 as they are easily the worst two albums for me, but have strong lead singles. HTDAAB just edges it for me. Songs of Innocence their best by some margin, nearly every track is strong. NLOTH is let down by a weak middle section.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: emuhunter on January 29, 2018, 09:03:48 AM
Cool idea for a discussion! Here's my 2 cents, which are worth considerably less than that ;) :

Songs of Experience
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Songs of Innocence
No Line on the Horizon
How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Rasmus on January 29, 2018, 02:13:58 PM
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Songs of Experience (more or less based on the second half of the album)
3. Songs of Innocence
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
5. No Line on the Horizon
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Vox on January 29, 2018, 02:57:33 PM
Still too early to do this, but here’s where I’m at right now.  I’ve really been “experiencing” the new album in a different way (and in a good way!) lately. 

Ahem…  as of today…

1)   No Line on the Horizon (I have an irrationally strong love for this album).

2)   All That You Can’t Leave Behind (not an album I turn to often, but I still gotta respect).
3)   Songs of Experience (I could easily see this moving up to #2 in the future).

4)   Songs of Innocence.
5)   How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: CLarryG on January 29, 2018, 05:39:22 PM
1. No Line on the Horizon (#4 on my all-time U2 catalog.  I see a lot of complaints how U2 is too popping now, which I agree.  This most experimental, rock album since POP ironically! Love every track on it.)

2. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

3. SOI (Cedarwood Road,  Raised by Wolves, Iris, The Troubles, some the best.)

4. All That You Can't Leave Behind 

5. SOE (Love Is All We Have Left, Lights of Home, The Little Things That You Give Away, Red Flag Day.  The rest, ehh.  Too sweet and a little cheesy for me.  I like my U2 a little more gritty.  But that's me.)
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Argo on January 29, 2018, 08:23:04 PM
SOI
NLOTH
SOE
Bomb
ATYCLB

1st and last are easy. 2nd to 4th are tricky and I could easily move them all around. NLOTH has some flawed brilliance amongst the very average rock songs, SOE is still too fresh to properly consider but has some very good songs and no stinkers and Bomb has some very strong tracks but for some reason the whole is not greater than the sum of the parts (mathematicians need not comment on how that could be possible).
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: suitoflights on January 30, 2018, 01:02:53 AM
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SOI
NLOTH
SOE
Bomb
ATYCLB

1st and last are easy. 2nd to 4th are tricky and I could easily move them all around. NLOTH has some flawed brilliance amongst the very average rock songs, SOE is still too fresh to properly consider but has some very good songs and no stinkers and Bomb has some very strong tracks but for some reason the whole is not greater than the sum of the parts (mathematicians need not comment on how that could be possible).

Great minds think alike!
I've never understood the love for ATYCLB. It's U2 at their blandest. NLOTH was half great, half not so great. But a breath of fresh air after the previous 2 albums.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: iced on January 31, 2018, 03:18:10 AM
1. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
2. Songs Of Innocence
3. All That You Can't Leave Behind
4. No Line On The Horizon
5. Songs Of Experience
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: bfvertigo1 on January 31, 2018, 12:38:57 PM
For me:
1. All that you can't leave behind
2. Songs of experience
3. Songs of innocence
4. No line on the horizon
5. How to dismantle an atomic bomb

 
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: jono2u on January 31, 2018, 03:58:21 PM
SOE
SOI
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: davis on January 31, 2018, 05:24:30 PM
SOE
ATYCLB
NLOTH
HTDAAB
SOI
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: LToy on January 31, 2018, 07:19:03 PM
1. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
2. Songs Of Innocence
3. Songs Of Experience
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. No Line On The Horizon

I answered this question with a slightly different ranking on the thread ranking the entire catalog. The only difference is I switched the rankings of the Songs Of albums
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Luzita on February 04, 2018, 10:00:56 PM
SOE
HTDAAB - 7
SOI - 6.8
ATYCLB - 6.5
NLOTH - 5.7

The numbers are from a survey I recently did, where I ranked over 200 U2 songs on a scale of 1 to 10. That allowed me to come up with average ratings for each album. The survey didn't include SOE, but I intuitively feel I like it the best. NLOTH has some songs I love but also some I can't stand so it has the lowest average.

Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Clarky on February 05, 2018, 08:50:41 AM
1.NLOTH
2.ATYCLB
3.SOE
4.SOI
5.HTDAAB
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: BalconyTV on February 05, 2018, 04:38:28 PM
Hmmm...

1/ NLOTH (criminally under-rated in this community. U2s most adventurous album in this period. will age well)
2/ ATYCLB ( I think we are all tired with a lot of it. but I think it deserves more respect. good memories of that tour too)
3/ HTDAAB ( I understand why people don't love it. i can remember it badly. but give it a chance again... )
4/ SOI ( strong album. with a bit of cheese )
5/ SOE ( lacks some kind of authenticity. something about this album are just rubbing me the wrong way.not awful )
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Hustoninut on February 05, 2018, 05:34:19 PM
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Hmmm...

1/ NLOTH (criminally under-rated in this community. U2s most adventurous album in this period. will age well)
2/ ATYCLB ( I think we are all tired with a lot of it. but I think it deserves more respect. good memories of that tour too)
3/ HTDAAB ( I understand why people don't love it. i can remember it badly. but give it a chance again... )
4/ SOI ( strong album. with a bit of cheese )
5/ SOE ( lacks some kind of authenticity. something about this album are just rubbing me the wrong way.not awful )

I guess great minds think alike BalconyTV.  : )
I agree with the ranking and the complete analysis.  So I copied it.  If I'm playing music and those 5 are what I'm choosing from, then NLOTH get's played 1st every time. MAGNIFICENT!
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: ian ryan on February 10, 2018, 11:11:55 PM
Favorites:
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bob
Songs Of Experience
All That You Can't Leave Behind
No Line On The Horizon
Songs Of Innocence

Importance:
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Songs Of Experience
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Songs Of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: imaginary friend on February 11, 2018, 10:16:20 AM
No Line
SOI
Behind
Bomb

...not sure where to put SOE yet. It'll probably be battling Behind for that #3 spot.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: SwimmingSorrows on February 11, 2018, 03:20:42 PM
Quality (in my opinion):
1. Songs of Experience
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. Songs of Innocence
4. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
5. No Line on the Horizon

Reception:
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Songs of Experience
5. Songs of Innocence

I think it's interesting that the two best-received albums are the ones with the best first singles, not the albums that fans like best.  People say singles don't matter anymore, but I think they affect how the whole album is viewed even more than the album itself does in many cases.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: pan360 on February 16, 2018, 06:12:06 AM
No Line on the Horizon (perfect with Soon, Winter – soundtrack version, I ‘ll go crazy – remix)
Songs of Experience
All that you can leave behind
Songs of innocence
How to dismantle an atomic bomb
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: robbover on February 16, 2018, 02:28:17 PM
SOE
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
SOI
NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: JonD on February 16, 2018, 04:20:15 PM
ATYCLB (amazing first half....not so good 2nd)
NLOTH (never understood the dislike- even from the band itself-other than middle 3 issue)
SOI/SOE (too soon to decide- but SOI has the worst cover- wish they would have used the white one lol)
HTDAAB (some very good songs but doesn’t seem you be cohesive)
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: welshguy77 on February 16, 2018, 05:24:00 PM
No line on the horizon
Songs of experience
All that you can't leave behind
Songs of innocence
Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: romans58 on February 28, 2018, 01:41:17 PM
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Songs of Experience
Songs of Innocence
No Line on the Horizon

None of these albums are bad per se, but All That You Can't Leave Behind is a redemption album to me, top 3 all time after Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby!
 
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: AceLordGrizzly on March 06, 2018, 06:40:03 AM
1.  No Line On The Horizon
2.  All That You Cant Leave Behind
3.  Songs Of Experience
4.  Songs Of Innocence
5.  How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: coolz481 on March 06, 2018, 12:53:22 PM
1. Songs of Experience
2. Songs of Innocence
3. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
4. All That You Can't Leave Behind
5. No Line on the Horizon

Kite and Magnificent are among their very best in the 21st century, but half of ATYCLB and NLOTH are entirely skippable to me. On the other hand, I can listen to the other 3 albums from start-to-finish and find enjoyment in every song.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Quack on March 07, 2018, 02:30:55 AM
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. How To Dismantle and Atomic Bomb
3. No Line on the Horizon
4. Songs of Innocence
5. Songs of Experience

There's a pretty obvious pattern there.
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: RomChmp on March 11, 2018, 06:05:24 AM
1. No Line On The Horizon
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. Songs of Innocence
4. Songs of Experience
5. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

My top songs for each album :

1. Breathe/Cedars of Lebanon/Magnificent
2. Beautiful Day/Kite/In A Little While
3. Breaking Wave/California/Iris
4. Little Things/Summer Of Love/Blackout
5. Miracle Drug/Vertigo/One Step Closer
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: DoYouFeelLoved on March 14, 2018, 07:47:55 AM
ATYCLB
HTDAAB







SOI
SOE
NLOTH
Title: Re: Rank 21st century U2 albums
Post by: Coop15879 on March 19, 2018, 11:23:53 AM
1. Songs of Experience
2. All That You Can't Leave Behind
3. Songs of Innocence
4. HTDAAB
5. No Line on the Horizon

As always, subject to change at a moments notice.