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Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono, second from right, and the members of U2 after they preformed at the end of the Sept. 9 Apple event in which it unveiled the Apple Watch and more. Associated Press

Review: U2's 'Songs of Innocence'

It is an unfortunate thing, but I found myself somewhat predisposed to resentment toward U2 even before listening to Songs of Innocence. Alas, that is unfair. My beef should be with iTunes, which had the nerve to shimmy it into my phone's music library whether I asked for it or not. How very 1984 of them. Indeed it …

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    It is an unfortunate thing, but I found myself somewhat predisposed to resentment toward U2 even before listening to Songs of Innocence. Alas, that is unfair. My beef should be with iTunes, which had the nerve to shimmy it into my phone's music library whether I asked for it or not. How very 1984 of …

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