I thought Kierry's post was almost spot on, but missed the point that u2 seem to be hanging on specifically for those special exclusives - they've released 2 Best Ofs, which in typical u2 fashion, they d**ked around with, missing out some singles and adding millions of remixes, but more importantly, they've just released that complete digital collection, which, true to form, only has about 25 new songs. They've been around for 25 years for chrissakes, they patently have more songs in the vault than that. Oh that's right, they prolly have a contractal obligation to their record company to release more compilation albums.
Back to the current album, and then the question of whether they should split up.
I was looking forward to this album, having bought all the hype about it being a rock album, a guitar album, and I loved Vertigo - but instead we get more shimmery echo guitar from Edge, lightweight pseudo philosophical lyrics and soulful vocals from Bono, and bugger all new in sounds from Larry and Adam. And this is an album with no fewer than 5 producers! It sounds like a bunch of middle aged men who want to be top of the pile but don't want to step outside the customary, and are beginning to make middleaged music - Man and a Woman follows on from the lightweight wallowing in jazzwannabe land of the Million Dollar Hotel. And Larry in particular in interviews sounds like he is just along for the ride and doesnt give a s**te any more, he used to be funny but now he is just that cranky old f**ker in the corner of your local.
Its not new nor exciting and therefore, for a group who have such strong beliefs in allowing the excluded a chance - well why don't they apply that to themselves and step aside to let younger groups have a crack at world domination? I'd still love to hear a real solo album from the Edge though, along the lines of the electronica of Captive.