Songs Of Experience
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Songs of Experience is an album exploding with optimistic anthems that find Bono's gracefully soaring voice and The Edge's pulsating strum outfitted with 21st-century hooks galore. Employing a staggering five producers, including Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Demi Lovato) and Jacknife Lee (The Killers, Jake Bugg), they glide effortlessly through disco-kissed sing-alongs ("Get Out of Your Own Way"), slinky electro jams ("Summer of Love") and thumping dance pop ("The Blackout"). And just when you think the music can't get any more dramatic, yearning and passionate, along comes the penultimate "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way,” a chant-like ballad that oozes enough utopian idealism to remake the entire planet several times over.