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Dayton Daily News, November 10, 2000

by Ron Rollins

The best thing about this best of all bands is that, album to album, we never know what we're gonna get. Electronic dabbling? Pretty pop posturing? Guitar-grind freefalling? All that's certain is that whatever direction this world-striding Irish quartet takes will be consummately performed and worth the wait.

If such expectation is a burden, then the bar is of U2's own raising - and the band hasn't let us down yet. Its 13th album keeps the streak going. This time, U2 doesn't feel the need for the catchy cutting-edge surprises of its last two discs. All That You Can't Leave Behind offers marvelously crafted, straightforward, gimmick-free pop-rock.

The record's beauty reveals itself gradually. There is no bombast, no grand flourishes - just supremely catchy, upbeat songs about the joys of being alive: runaway passion on Wild Honey, sly romantic soul on In a Little While; midlife revelation on Kite. Beautiful Day revels in the glories of being around to see another sunrise.

Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have a lot, indeed, to be thankful for, and have repaid our adulation many times over. In an era when most pop coasts on shallow slickness and so much rock rages with pointless anger, four guys sharing well-played, unironic happiness is a breath of fresh air and much more.

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