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U2 review: Big ideas, no-frills songs at United Center

U2 review: Big ideas, no-frills songs at United Center

Bono dropped a little mission statement into U2’s concert Wednesday, the first of five at the United Center. “We care about beautiful, inarguable songs,” he told the audience. Fair enough. But sometimes the inarguable fades into facelessness in the studio when the production doesn’t measure up. So often throughout its career, U2 has relied on its live performances to reveal the songs behind the sound, and it’s tempting to ask for a do-over of its latest album, “Songs of Innocence” after witnessing this show. Despite the album’s flat, slick surfaces, the Irish quartet made its latest material the centerpiece of its current tour. Imagine...

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