12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

How does the world’s biggest rock band broaden their base after a few years of experimentation? By refining and redefining their formula for cranking out arena-ready anthems that feel universal and personal at the same time. The template, of course, was the comeback single “Beautiful Day”: Along with fellow smashes “Elevation” and “Walk On,” it heralded the band’s still-thriving phase as halftime-show mainstays, openly declaring that being—and staying—the biggest band in the world was an artistic challenge as worthy as any they’d attempted.

EDITORS’ NOTES

How does the world’s biggest rock band broaden their base after a few years of experimentation? By refining and redefining their formula for cranking out arena-ready anthems that feel universal and personal at the same time. The template, of course, was the comeback single “Beautiful Day”: Along with fellow smashes “Elevation” and “Walk On,” it heralded the band’s still-thriving phase as halftime-show mainstays, openly declaring that being—and staying—the biggest band in the world was an artistic challenge as worthy as any they’d attempted.

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