Indefensible argument of the day

U2’s “new” Live In Paris CD (available on iTunes here, if you’re into that sort of thing) captures the band at the height of its abilities as a performing ensemble — Paris in 1988, on the endless Joshua Tree tour. But it’s inevitably disappointing because almost a dozen of U2’s best songs have been on albums released in the ’90s and ’00s. The boys didn’t yet have their best material when they were in their best shape as a band.