In the third major chapter of U2's career (beginning with 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind"), I find this to be a particularly stand out effort. Unlike moments of the band's recent few albums, "Songs of Innocence" holds its coherence and message for its entirety - working off the threaded narrative of reflection on ones innocence and its loss. Each song on this record stands alone with identity and sonic charm, though listening to the album top to bottom allows the songs to form the greater picture. The opening three songs are anthemic, catchy, and brooding, and set the tone marvelously for the rest of the record. I could highlight every song, honestly. The only track that slips up for me is "Volcano", merely because the lyrics seem a bit unhashed. Through time this has become one of my favorite U2 releases, rivaling "Acthung Baby" and "Joshua Tree" as one of their finest efforts. It is the cornerstone of the current U2 chapter.
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