You can buy a cappella tributes to U2, bluegrass tributes to U2, world music tribute to U2. Next to those, an electronic tribute to U2 seems perfectly logical. After all, the Edge has built his guitar sound around gadgets and gizmos for decades. Sure, Bono may not take synth solos onstage, but Pop came pretty close. So Electron Love Theory’s Blue Sky Vertigo: U2 Electronic Tribute comes off more naturally than most genre-themed tribute albums.
Still, the results can be striking. Whether you’re listening to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” as schizophrenic slow-jam or “Vertigo” as grimey bounce track, the songs pop. Featuring an all-female cast providing the vocals, Electron Love Theory freshens up even the most clichéd songs (though he wisely avoided “Where the Streets Have No Name”).