Not too long ago, my wife and I were discussing how U2’s music, with the possible exception of the Unforgettable Fire album, has managed to avoid sounding too much like a product of its times. Out of Control sounds just as vital today as it did 35 years ago, and Pop, if anything, sounds even better today than it did in 1997, when it was at least a few years ahead of its time. This accomplishment is even more impressive when I consider the number of times that the band has reinvented itself, somehow managing to stay competitive with current music and trends while remaining separate from them at the same time. Whether or not lightning can strike again for the band (what would this be, seriously, like the fourth time?) remains to be seen, but they’ve never let me down yet, nor have they given me any reason to believe that they ever will.
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