Encyclopedia Brown-nosing

The BBC seems unimpressed by U2: THE COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA (US / UK), going on sale right about now.

The detail is impressive, but the prose is plodding and the tone far too reverential – surely even the most dedicated fan would admit that not every song in the band’s 25 years has been a classic. *coughTheRefugeecough* Mm, something in my throat. Anyway, continuing.

At times the reviewer seems to simply be troubled by the concept of the obsessive rock fan: That is not to say people will not part with the