U2's 13th studio album is a colossal-sounding record from rock's ultimate stadium wreckers, one that veers from reverent homages to the Ramones and The Clash to tastefully restrained rockers. Collaborators Danger Mouse, Flood, Paul Epworth (Adele) and Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic) help the group modify the sound of its last three albums just enough to prove it has been paying attention to radio, and to up the ante for the next crop of imitators.

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