We've always been political in an organic way. I thought actually this would be a more political album. I think Bono did, too. I'm amazed at how personal it is. It's not a manifesto. It's about what matters. It's an honest snapshot of where we're at.' Edge
'It's just such a personal record. It may just be our best.' Bono
'It's very much a guitar record, Vertigo, Love and Peace, City of Blinding Lights, All Because of You -- all pretty up , rocky tunes. A lot of them are a kick-back to our very early days, so it's like with each year we have gathered a little bit more and this is what we are now.' Adam
'It started out to be a rock 'n' roll album, pure and simple. We were very excited that Edge wasn't sitting at the piano or twiddling a piece of technology, because he is one of the great guitarists. Halfway through, we got bored, because it turns out you can only go so far with rifferama. We wanted more dimension. Now you've got punk rock starting points that go through Phil Spectorland, turn right at Tim Buckley, end up in alleyways and open onto other vistas and cityscapes and rooftops and skies. It's songwriting by accident, by a punk band that wants to play Bach.' Bono (U2.com)
C. Böhm in Audio 1 / 05: "Pop-CD des Monats. Wie nur wenige Bands haben es U2 über all die Jahre geschafft, ihre unverwechselbaren Charakteristika wie klirrend-klingenden Gitarren-Sounds von The Edge oder Bonos emphatisch aufgeladene Vocals zu pflegen - und dennoch nie stehen zu bleiben."