As far as I am concerned, U2 spent the last 10 years or so in retreat. Entitled fans bitched and moaned about Pop. They hated Zooropa, too. Nevermind that every band was doing what U2 did on each of those discs four years after U2 first did it.
Anyhow, I guess U2 wanted more cash or something so they went through the motions on All That You Can't Leave Behind. At least it was good sounding motions, bc the follow-up, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, was the most indulgent album in years and did nothing innovative.
The high-water mark, for me, since then was this song from Pop, a tremendous tune:
Gone - U2
Now, glory be, U2 is back with some real stuff. Is it Achtung Baby? No. But it is easily their best material in more than 10 years. They finally have the cojones to try out a song like this one... don't let the long intro fool you... stick with it...
FEZ-Being Born - U2