It’s flawed, like everything.
The title track, Magnificent, Unknown Caller and Fez – Being Born, while all cracking, wouldn’t be out of place in the Joshua Tree era which you’ll either see as a great look back to glory or a wasted opportunity to try something new.
Moment Of Surrender just wanders, Stand-up Comedy sounds like it belongs as a track 7.
Then there’s White As Snow and Cedars Of Lebanon; both brilliant but I can’t help but wonder what Rick Rubin would have made of them. I think Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois are great producers, but comfort blankets.
Nonetheless, it will be huge.
I should point out that I heard the album this morning in Principle Management’s offices in Dublin, a first for me. They’re almost worth reviewing themselves and look quite like the coolest place on Earth to work.
Myself, the lovely Tony Fenton and Ian Dempsey all heard it sitting around a 40 foot long boardroom table in a room resembling a small church adorned with dozens of U2 gold and platinum discs from down the ages, oh and even a Grammy or two.