HTDAAB is an absolutely incredible album - its their best since Achtung Baby. Songs like Vertigo (a tale about a drunken party), Love And Peace Or Else (stories of a man who fights his brother for a woman they both love, and then fights real war, and terrorism) and All Because Of You (a song about birth) are three of the rockiest songs they've played yet. Miracle Drug is a heartfelt recounting of a man's fight against paralysis, which he has had since birth. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and One Step Closer are both emotional songs about Bono's dad, the first being a wrenching goodbye, the latter being a song of acceptance. Following the departure of Bob Hewson, is a welcome to all of their children, in Original Of The Species.
The high point of the album is undoubtably the soaring City Of Blinding Lights, recounting New York after 9/11, and giving the city a message of hope. From the chilling guitar notes, to the calm piano, and some of U2's most inspiring lyrics, this, the longest song on the album, is undoubtably one of U2's finest studio works, in the class of masterpieces such as One, With Or Without You and Walk On, and it comes out even better live.
The only real disappointment on the album is A Man And A Woman, a bland and boring song with only one or two really enjoyable lyrics. The overrated Crumbs From Your Table is a fairly good song, but just can't compare to some of U2's other relatively unknown classics, such as The First Time, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), Exit, MLK and So Cruel. Closing off this version of the album is the passive Yahweh, a good song, which is incredible when stripped down and played acoustically. Other, special editions (and the UK version) include another rocker, Fast Cars, which immediatly sets the tone for the next album.
Their best album since Achtung Baby, HTDAAB is a real pleasure to listen to.