Rolling Stone crowns U2's detested Songs of Innocence album of the year

Rolling Stone crowns U2's detested Songs of Innocence album of the year
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In a move that's either boldly contrarian or utterly clueless, Rolling Stone has gone ahead and crowned U2's Songs of Innocence the best album of 2014.

This is an interesting move for a variety of reasons. First, there was the band's controversial marketing strategy, which loaded Songs of Innocence directly onto the iPhones of all users who updated to the new iOS8 software. But all that spammy marketing can be forgiven if the music is good, right?

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