They were queuing up in Dublin last night to be first to get hold of the new record - scenes set to be repeated in other countries over the next few days.
And the early reviews suggest the five year wait since 'Bomb' in 2004, will have been worth it.
'It combines two moments,' says Blender editor Joe Levy, 'the epic grandeur of The Joshua Tree and the experimental audio research of Achtung Baby and Zooropa. They're at a point where they can be the biggest band in the world and still be edgy, with a capital 'E' in this case. They haven't come out swinging this hard and reaching this high since Joshua. On the surface, it's classic U2. Put on the headphones, and you hear an album every bit as sonically ambitious as Achtung Baby."
If you're in the UK, tune in to the BBC, it'll be hard to miss them today.
Have you got the record yet ? Let us know how you got it... and what you think ?