Like many people here, U2's early albums were my soundtrack from adolescence to young adulthood. I grew up with War, TUF, TJT, AB. I bought Zooropa but it was "different" and I had evolved into other things. I don't think I even purchased Pop, I tried to reignite my fandom with ATYCLB but like I said, I had moved on and for the rest of the 2000s, U2 wasn't even relevant to me, let alone my favorite band.
Flash forward to 2017. TJT tour was something that I could not miss. And of course the old hits drummed up a huge amount of nostalgia for me and I was lucky enough to see the show 4 times. But it did something more than that, it reinvigorated my interest in my old favorite band. I mostly stuck with the old stuff, but I started listening to SoI and found a few tracks there that I really enjoyed. I still haven't delved much further into their post-Pop catalog but here we are with the release of SoE and I have to say, I'm really, really enjoying the album. So take my opinion with a grain of salt but here's my thoughts after at least 10 listens maybe more:
Love is All We Have Left - interesting and dark, but I usually skip to the next song which is really the start of the album for me and probably my favorite track on the album. (7/10)
Lights of Home - love it, cannot wait to hear it live and I think the end of the song will be great to sing along to (10/10)
YTBTAM - I usually skip this song. It's not bad, I just think it's too much of a radio track. (6/10)
GOOYOW - Speaking of radio tracks, this one has really grown on me. I think this will be a fan favorite live. (8/10)
American Soul - Again, another song that will be great live, fans will love it. I like the chorus as a callback to Volcano, which I really liked (7/10 album, will be 8/10 live)
Summer of Love - jury still out for me on this one (5/10)
Red Flag Day - could have been on War, which is top 3 for me, enough said. (9/10)
The Showman - this song is strange and different and doesn't seem like a U2 song but I like it (7/10)
TLTTGYA - 3 way tie on this one for song of the album with Lights of Home and Love is Bigger, love the crescendo, feels like Bad for the 2000s. (10/10)
Landlady - like Summer of Love, I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet (5/10)
The Blackout - Good song, will be the Elevation/Vertigo/Beautiful Day of the tour, that being said I usually skip it (6/10)
LIBTAIIW - Love it. Anthemic. (10/10)
13 - slow burn, pretty song, nice call back to SFS, too slow for me when driving, so I usually skip to listen to my 2nd favorite song on the album (behind 1a, 1b, 1c lol) which is Book of Your Heart (6/10)
Book of Your Heart - great song, I love when it picks up in intensity and urgency (9/10)
Several REALLY good songs a few average songs but no real duds for me. I could listen to this album from start to finish but I usually skip the radio tracks. But I think just like BD and Elevation, they will be great songs live.
I hope it continues to grow on the people that haven't found their groove with it yet.