A good U2 album is better than most music act's best albums. SOE is a good U2 album and a definite step up from SOI
After 5 listens for me the truth in the reviews about SOE lies somewhere in the middle. Its not U2's greatest work as some claim. Independent reviews on other sites are calling it weak and terrible. The writers may need to get there ears checked. It's a very solid and intelligent piece of work and one of U2's better albums.The best song on the deluxe edition for me is one of the extras 'Book of Your Heart' superb . The Blackout and American Soul remind of U2 Zoo era and are great tracks. Little Things That Give You Away is the 2nd best track on this album. Your the best thing about me will be a stadium favourite for sure.
Landlady is one of the tracks that has already grown on me after initially thinking wtf
Summer of Love, Get out of your own way , Love is all we have left and love is Bigger than Anything in its Way , is the band taking the mainstream pop route
Red Flag Day reminds of raw U2 early 80s
Lights of Home and The Showman I think are the weakest tracks and I would have replaced Book of Your Heart with one of these tracks in the main collection.
As others have stated I believe U2 produces better B Side tracks and side projects than most acts produce album tracks eg Book of Your Heart, Hands That Built America Ms Sarajevo, Ground Beneath Her Feet, Ordinary Love,
Stateless, Electrical Storm, Crystal Ballroom, Lucifer's Hands to name a few
AB and JT are U2's greatest albums.
For me, SOE comes in the next group with TUF and HTDAAB