As U2 were completing the supporting tour for The Unforgettable Fire, they released the four-track EP Wide Awake in America. Comprised of two outtakes ("Three Sunrises," "Love Comes Tumbling") and two live cuts ("Bad" and a phenomenal version of "A Sort of Homecoming"), the record may be aimed at the hardcore collector. Even so, most U2 fans will find it necessary, since the two rejects are actually stronger than about half of The Unforgettable Fire, and the live cuts again demonstrate U2's undeniable talent for captivating concerts.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine