I have been a fan since I was 11 which was 1987. I have to say this album is special, and guess what, like most things U2 does, it will take time for it to be appreciated. Such deep lyrics, beautiful sounds, some really energetic tunes, and sounds that draw from thier past. Not everyone will agree, and reviews are mixed from the so called experts, but the overwhelming comments from actual listeners are the most positive they have been in years. That means more than anything.