How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Release date
23 Nov 2004
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Vertigo 3:15 601,107
2 Miracle Drug 3:59 208,059
3 Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own 5:09 347,409
4 Love and Peace or Else 4:51 163,356
5 City of Blinding Lights 5:48 359,944
6 All Because of You 3:39 216,836
7 A Man and a Woman 4:30 167,153
8 Crumbs from Your Table 5:04 154,736
9 One Step Closer 3:52 153,541
10 Original of the Species 4:42 187,796
11 Yahweh 4:22 148,367

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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is the eleventh studio album by Irish rock band U2, released in November 2004. Much like their previous album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was commercially successful and critically acclaimed and maintains a more traditional rock sound after the band experimented with alternative rock and dance music in the 1990s. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, with others involved in the production including Flood, Jacknife Lee, Nellee Hooper, Chris Thomas, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, and Carl Glanville. The title of the album derives from a lyric in the song “Fast Cars”, which was only available on some versions of the album.

U2 lead singer Bono described the album as “our first rock album. It’s taken us twenty years or whatever it is, but this is our first rock album.” [1] Although not a concept album in the traditional sense, most of the music on the record deals with the world at the crossroads of its existence. Love and war, peace and harmony, and approaching death are themes of the album.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and its singles won all nine Grammy Awards for which it was nominated (U2 themselves were awarded eight out of the nine). The album also was the fourth biggest selling album of 2004 [2], selling over 9 million copies[3] and yielded several successful singles in “Vertigo”, “City of Blinding Lights”, and “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own”.

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  • dxvolt

    A M A Z I N G! That's all. [3] For me it's the best U2 album [6]

    27 Jan 5:16am Reply
  • EMartins11

    I like this one,but the compression in this album is annoying. Even the LP have a bad audio quality.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • OneToHeaven

    Vertigo and Boots terrible singles ahahahhahaah u are crazy?

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Prognosis_X

    Solid album... but like NLOTH... they picked a terrible first single. Vertigo and Get On Your Boots are just.... *sigh. But hey, at least it's not Justin Bieber!

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Indierock93

    What a great album, really love it! ( ...but still and will EVER prefer their 80s albums!)

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • heaventree22

    same here, borgy, i hated this record when it came out. but now it's really grown on me.

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Angerwave

    A M A Z I N G! That's all. [2] For me it's the best U2 album [5]

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FelipeCiccone

    A M A Z I N G! That's all.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • borgy

    great album, i thought it was a bit shit back when it came out and 'vertigo' was everywhere. it's a real grower. i prefer it to the majority of their 80's albums especially the overplayed 'The Joshua Tree'.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dxvolt

    For me it's the best U2 album [4]

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • arvvaz89

    @Antonionii: I know that your comment is 2 years old but it just amazes me that someone can misinterpret an album as much as you just did with this record.

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • TheLe0

    For me it's the best U2 album [3]

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • happytami

    can't help loving this album. but vertigo is overrated.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    This is a fantastic album, I do not like comparing albums i just want to say that this one is amazing.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • HELl0S

    Cuatro weon!!! CUATROOO!!!!!!!

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Dnwo

    For me it's the best U2 album [2]

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • fuckyouty1

    awful album

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • trigniter

    Miracle Drug <3

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Terminall42

    fast cars

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BabichokLast

    For me it's the best U2 album

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
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