After their experimental 90's phase, the beginning of the 21st Century clearly had a nostalgic effect on U2. Their last album 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' was stamped indelibly with their 80's trademark, namely the chiming guitars of the Edge, Bono's irony-free posturing and songs that anyone could whistle. The first single 'Vertigo' consolidates with its explosive chorus and anthemic rock touches. It's not one of their better singles, being a little obvious in its execution. However, the sophomore sounds of 'Miracle Drug' and 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own' are better examples of their maturity; anthemic without being overpowering. 'All Because Of You' proves that they are still very capable of writing a song with an aggressive riff and this song starts a run of fine tracks, the subtle and hypnotic hooks of 'A Man And A Woman' and 'Crumbs From Your Table', 'One Step Closer' has an ambient lullaby quality to it and 'Original Of The Species' is another loud yet still rather good track. U2's days of pushing the boundaries of rock are long behind them but the most important point is they can still turn out reliably good albums like this.