I have always loved U2. But I have to admit, that I feel like they are trying to find ways to have another commercial success as they did with HTDAAB.
I came from a third world country. I started listening to U2 at age 13 without really understanding what bono was saying song. Cause English is not my native language. And I got hooked up by Zooropa. The falsetto on Lemon amazed me. It was like listening to music from another planet.
U2 should follow their instincts as musicians. Forget about the money. You already have everything anyother artist wish. The Glastonburry song is just another Vertigo, Another elevation, another all because of you, another Stand Up Comedy. You are trying too hard to make a great rock song. You have awesome soul lifting songs, but for me they do not qualify as pure rock songs. WTSHNN, NYD, BD.
As a fan i prefer the more raw U2 (War, October) the more spiritual (Unforgettable Fire) the committed U2 (The Joshua Tree), the Experimental at its best (Achtung Baby / Zooropa / Pop)
Don't get me wrong I like their last 3 albums, specially some specific tunes like Kite, Beautiful Day, Walk On, Grace, A Man and a woman, Original of the species. But there is something that has been missing for a long time.