Ready to explode
U2 returns to the frontlines with its new album How to
Dismantle an Atomic Bomb next month. DARYL GOH gets a
sneak preview of the most anticipated rock release of
Early warning signs indicate that U2 is set to take out
the year with a bang with its new album How to Dismantle
an Atomic Bomb, scheduled for worldwide release on Nov.
22. This forthcoming new U2 offering follows the 11-million
selling, Grammy-winning All That You Can't Leave Behind
nearly four years ago and expectations are high for U2
to take the music scene by the scruff of the neck.
to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is going to be massive. Everything
is in place -– an album sounding like a classic
in the making, the anticipation and of course, a great
band to take it out on tour. Next year, U2 celebrates
25 years on Island -– it's been that long since
Boy and we've got a catalogue campaign to run with the
new album, so expect a lot of U2 about," said Chris
Dwyer, Island Records senior international marketing manager,
during a regional media preview of U2's How to Dismantle
an Atomic Bomb album in Singapore last week.
are high for U2's new album, How to Dismantle an Atomic
Bomb. Security has been tight for U2's new material. Dwyer,
flown in from London, was assigned specifically to introduce
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb to the media in Asia,
Australia and New Zealand after a promo trek in the United
So is this
new U2 album really worth the major fuss -– taken
around the world by hand and so closely guarded?
For a band
that has been kicking around for over 25 years and been
responsible for some of the most crucial rock recordings
of its time and beyond, you have to hand it to U2 for
turning up with a new album loaded with heart and purpose.
U2 cannot afford a weak record and it's good to note that
the band is fired up to the task. More than anything,
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb feels unmistakably U2.
Driven heavily by rock guitars, sparks do ignite with
the first single "Vertigo" (due out on Nov.
8) breaking loose with Bono's impatient "unos, dos,
tres, catorce" punk rock kickstart while guitarist
the Edge revisits his adolescent Motorhead fancies and
charges down the blistering riffs like a bloodied bull.
heaviest, spikiest and snappiest U2 single in ages (barely
over three minutes). Suitably rock 'n' roll vogue, "Vertigo"
flares up like a power station explosion, and those awesome
garage guitars should pull a White Stripes fan or two.
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