How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (studio album) by U2

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-11-17
Overall rank: 1,520th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
70/100 (from 687 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2004 (26th)
Award Top albums of the 2000s (248th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,520th)

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How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is ranked 9th best out of 33 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 49 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,647.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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60/100
From 01/10/2022 20:10
Very solid album. Thought they might be past their best by this point in their career but clearly not. City Of Blinding Lights and All Because Of You are stellar - 2 of their best songs in my opinion, very underrated. And you can't deny the quality of the overplayed Vertigo. One Step Closer and Miracle Drug are a bit flat but the rest of the album is very nice.
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From 02/09/2021 20:07
Far from a fan, but it's not as bad as it gets credit for, it definitely has its moments.
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From 12/05/2020 14:17
It's a pretty solid rock album. It's good and better than most but feels a bit safe for U2.
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85/100
From 07/15/2019 17:23
Um real √°lbum de rock!
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90/100
From 07/04/2019 16:34
On 'How to Dismantle' U2 sounds like a mature rock band that enlives what it does best. The guitars of the Edge sound highly professional and the songs sound like they came from a batch of an inexhaustible source of good alternative rock music. For me this is the best U2 album both in overall.
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From 06/25/2019 05:14
This is my fourth favourite album by U2 and agree with others that it starts strong with Vertigo and Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own to the middle classic City of Blinding Lights to the final songs Yahweh and Fast Cars (the added track and should be the second song of the album in my opinion as it has the title track name in the song). Brilliant!
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From 01/10/2018 21:57
I miss a strong concept on this record. It is good but could be better!
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55/100
From 01/08/2018 11:37
To me this is a very meh album, this is my typical response to most of their post Achtung baby output. To me the band has become a caricature of themselves. it always seems like they are trying to be U2 instead of just making music.
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From 01/07/2018 22:26
When I first heard "Vertigo", I was encouraged because perhaps U2 finally came out with a record worthy of their legacy. Unfortunately, that turned out not to be the case. It drops off dramatically after the first track.
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From 08/10/2017 11:51
How to make a crap album. More derivative, uninspiring noise from the neanderthals of rock.
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