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My wife bought the new U2 album yesterday at about 8:00 am. She’s a fan, what can I say? Today I had a chance to give it a good first listen. Quick review: A very good album — first three songs excellent, especially “Vertigo” — maybe not quite as strong overall as the last one, but I may change my mind on this after further listening — this is the band’s best back-to-back showing since The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree in the 1980s — I wish the liner notes didn’t include a “Join Greenpeace” message — several songs are clearly religious in meaning; Kenneth Tanner yesterday called it their most Christian since October, and he may be right — and, finally, here’s to hoping for a big U.S. tour in 2005 because they’re a fantastic band to see and hear live.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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