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U2 perversely takes musical cues from acts it has famously influenced—Coldplay, The Killers and Arcade Fire.

The unforgivable freebie: U2’s new album is even more annoying once you hear it

September 17th, 2014

U2 perversely takes musical cues from acts it has famously influenced—Coldplay, The Killers and Arcade Fire.

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    This album proves that brevity can be a serious handicap.

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    The post-punkers’ immersive atmosphere resurfaces—and so does the grand but harnessed drama of 'Bright Lights' and 'Antics.'

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    Ryan Adams is a focused, well-crafted collection of rock ’n’ roll.

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    Whatever the financial benefits of being back out there, it puts their mythology at risk, and the results are somewhat mixed.

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    It's like a soundtrack from a childhood filled with video games and anime.

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    Sometimes being prolific isn't always a great thing.

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    Plant's restraint makes this one of his most passionate works.

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    It's not instantly accessible, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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    It picks up from last year’s 'Cyclops Reap' writing-wise, but in a less fuzzy, less fragmented sonic environment.

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    Petty is often at his best when he’s telling a story, but there’s not enough of that present.

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    Thanks to sturdy songwriting, this easily ranks among Lewis' best projects to date.

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    The Mozzer sounds artistically engaged on his stunning 10th solo album

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    It's kind of weird, and not in a good way.

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    It's nice to see the group continue its current direction.

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    Mr. Mau5' latest release is unabashedly emotive and thoroughly cerebral.

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    With songs calibrated perfectly for a massive headlining set, the new disc is a big disappointment.

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    The new disc ditches the rapping (yay!) for an even slower, moodier, murkier sound.

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    The punk elder delivers a solo record that's loud and bittersweet and very Bob Mould-y.

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    With loud rockers and twangy country throwbacks, the artist's fifth album showcases her entire range.

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