How bad is the U2 album Apple forced on half a billion people?

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We will all remember the distressful day when we opened our iTunes libraries to find a strange new U2 album sitting right at the bottom of it. Apple is making a huge deal out of the fact that it’s giving away U2’s Songs of Innocence to over 500 million people, but the actual reaction has — much like the reaction to U2’s past several albums — been mixed, at best. Apple could have just put Achtung Baby in our libraries and been done with it, but instead we all woke up to a U2 shaped problem that a lot of people say isn’t worth listening to. Here’s a few words from the critics:

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