A month after its surprise release and some of the monthly music magazines have published their reviews of Songs of Innocence.
The band deliver a career high says Tom Doyle in the new edition of Mojo Magazine.
'Songs of Innocence reconnects U2 with the strident, searching, wide awake band of their nascency, reminding not only us but themselves of their against-the-odds beginnings. The result is their best and most thematically complete album since Achtung Baby. By turning towards their past, U2 have found their way back to the future.'
'The long gestation of this album,' writes David Hands in Total Guitar, 'Seems at odds with a band who sound more comfortable in their skin than on 2009's patchy No Line On The Horizon.'
'Where do you go when you've conquered the world several times over?' asks Dorien Lynskey in Q Magazine. 'Answer: home'.
From the autobiographical precision of the writing, flow all the album's strengths and narrative momentum. 'Forget the release-day hullabaloo. It's this renewed sense of purpose that makes Songs Of Innocence an unexpected coup.'