^^That's how I look at them as well LOU...early U2 were fabulous on record then they lost something a victim of their own success more than likely.
Have to give them credit for staying together, one of the true survivors of rock and roll any band that can stay together for over 30 years is worthy of respect.
I know folks give Bono a lot of stick for his personal agenda, which he does advance with his fame. Honestly that doesn't bother me, it's a refreshing change from the usual stupidity that a lot of rock and roll celebrities get in the news for even if I don't always agree with his philosophical bent on world affairs.
...that's hard but probably "War".