- Record Label: Interscope
- Release Date: Mar 17, 2023
- Summary: The latest release from Irish rock band U2 features acoustic or reimagined versions of 40 songs from its back catalogue.
- Record Label: Interscope
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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Positive: 5 out of 15
Mixed: 10 out of 15
Negative: 0 out of 15
Mar 17, 2023Erasing the muscular power of an amplified rock combo, Edge explores ways to let other elements shine. In particular, the focus is on Bono’s older yet still powerful voice, devoid of posturing and mannerisms, really digging into meaning and melody. The subtle rumble of Adam Clayton’s bass and tastefully executed percussion from Larry Mullen Jr make themselves felt in all the right places, with full band arrangements breathing new life into a smattering of undernourished songs.
Mar 14, 2023If their creative missteps in the past two decades have generally been caused by their twin determinations to keep up with modern pop and relentlessly pursue music that works in stadia, then here they’ve cut themselves free from all of that. Ultimately, it may be a watershed moment. By stripping it all back down, in some ways, they’re bigger. [Apr 2023, p.84]
Mar 16, 2023It’s a touching journey reflecting on how the four boys changed into men and changed the world through the power of music at the same time.
Mar 16, 2023Neither a disaster on the level of their iTunes launch, nor a triumph to match Zoo TV, Songs of Surrender sits somewhere in the middle of that sliding scale of success.
Mar 20, 2023There is disappointment that a number of U2’s big-hitters don’t translate well on ‘Stories For Surrender’, but this revision hasn’t been a totally fruitless endeavour: you just have to dig a little bit deeper to find the reimagined material that’s truly worth savouring.
Mar 21, 2023Nothing here is unforgettable or in danger of replacing its original. The arrangements are formulaic, regressing back to the stripped-down candlelit era of the original MTV’s Unplugged. At worst, Songs of Surrender is an overindulgence. At best, it’s a pleasant interlude.
Mar 16, 2023Ultimately this is an album of shadow versions that leave you yearning for originals.
Positive: 4 out of 5
Mixed: 1 out of 5
Negative: 0 out of 5
Mar 19, 2023Was slightly worried when the singles were released, as it’s always hard to warm to new versions of such beloved and well known songs. But,Was slightly worried when the singles were released, as it’s always hard to warm to new versions of such beloved and well known songs. But, this album as a whole has reinvigorated and improved upon so many of U2’s songs, both hits and deeps cuts. I know this is an album that’ll only grow on me even more as I listen. Thank you to U2 for the many years of music that means so much to me.… Expand
Mar 19, 2023Ótimo disco. Releituras de Dirty Day e Peace On Earth ficaram melhores até do que as versões originais.
Mar 17, 2023U2 after all these years can still make an album that is well worth a listen. I understand it will not be to everyone's taste, and that'sU2 after all these years can still make an album that is well worth a listen. I understand it will not be to everyone's taste, and that's fine. However for those, who give the album a go, you might be pleasantly surprised. Most, will know most of the songs on the album, and the majority, work well. What the future holds for U2, then who knows. I guess it's just great to still have a proper band around. And that certainly deserves credit.… Expand
Mar 17, 2023The deeper cuts are where this shines. A lot better than I was expecting. Best tracks are The Little Things that Give You Away, Stories forThe deeper cuts are where this shines. A lot better than I was expecting. Best tracks are The Little Things that Give You Away, Stories for Boys, 11 O’Clock Tick Tock, Dirty Day, Stay, Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own, Invisible and Every Breaking Wave. Their biggest songs - One, WOWY, Streets, ISHFWILF don’t fare as well but nothing too bad. I Will Follow is excellent. Overall an interesting project with more hits than misses. Mid 8 for me.… Expand
Mar 17, 2023Un disco privo di graffi di lotta continua, un disco che poteva prendere come titolo unplugged, hanno tolto la verve alla nuova generazioneUn disco privo di graffi di lotta continua, un disco che poteva prendere come titolo unplugged, hanno tolto la verve alla nuova generazione distogliendola dalla merda della musica moderna. Da persona adulta, ho ancora bisogno di sentirmi vivo, non in un angolo a cercare di percepire ricordi.… Expand
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