All That You Can't Leave Behind
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|7. Wild Honey|
|8. Peace on Earth|
|9. When I Look at the World|
|10. New York|
If U2 hadn't used the title already, "A Sort of Homecoming" might have suited this, their 10th studio album. All That You Can't Leave Behind sounds, at various points, like any or all of U2's previous albums, as if the band is sending postcards back from a protracted ramble through previously conquered territories. The euphoric opening track, "Beautiful Day," reintroduces Edge's signature delay-laden guitar, which has been pretty much absent since The Unforgettable Fire. Elsewhere, the gospel stylings of Rattle and Hum resurface on "Stuck in a Moment," and the deranged, Prodigy-influenced dance textures that characterized 1997's Pop crop up on "Elevation." None of which suggest that this commendably restless bunch is running out of ideas. Having spent the '90s making three of the most bizarre and adventurous albums ever delivered by a stadium-rock band (the consecutive masterpieces Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop), it's as if they're now trying to figure out what is the one particular thing they've always done best. Based on the evidence presented here, their forte remains a facility for making the epic statement alongside Bono's increasing lyrical intimacy: "Walk On" and "Peace on Earth" are two of the best things he's ever written or sung. All That You Can't Leave Behind confirms that U2's laurels are still making them itch. --Andrew Mueller
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With a lead voice as unmistakable as Bono's, deeply touching lyrics, and elegantly-crafted songs, this album is easily one of U2's best. Sure, it doesn't have the impact of "The Joshua Tree" or "Achtung Baby", but it is far from mediocre. Continuing in the styles that they have made so famous in the past, U2 has once again raised the bar on how great rock albums can be.
It's hard to describe everything on this incredible work, but I'll give you the highlights:
'Beautiful Day': The perfect opening to the album, 'Beautiful Day' is an anthem-laced track about embracing life with all its difficulties. An ideal song to lift your spirits.
'Stuck in a Moment...': Though grossly over-played as a tribute song in the wake of the September 11 attacks, 'Stuck in a Moment...' is a wonderful piece when taken in context. A bit lighter and poppier than the rest of the album, it is nevertheless great.
'Peace on Earth': Perhaps the sequel to the rocky 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', this track is a pleading look at needless violence in the world, examining its roots and futility.
'Walk On': Of all the U2 songs I've heard, this is probably my favorite. Easily one of the best songs the band has ever come out with, it is truly in the spirit of great hits such as 'Pride', 'One', and 'Where the Streets Have No Name'. A great message and touching melody - all elements that have made U2 great.Read more ›
Bono's voice is horrific, a pain to the ear, especially on such tracks as In A Little While and Elevation. His lyrics are uninspiring, mostly reduced to simple maxims, such as "Believe in yourself!" and "Everything will be all right," which is apparent on Stuck In A Moment and Walk On. Bono realizes that life isn't that easy on better, previous U2 songs that urge people to find their own solutions and leave the door open for interpretation. Of course, complexity doesn't sell nowadays in pop music and that's why U2 has to feed mainstream listeners the answers to common problems. Also, the poor guitarist's talent is hardly visible. Wild Honey doesn't allow for him to do anything earth-shattering. Grace is possibly one of the dullest U2 tunes in all of the band's history.
Fortunately, Kite, though relatively mellow, is the exception to the rule, one of the only songs on ATYCLB that matches the previous high quality work of U2. A song about immortality and life, it is emotional and a soaring anthem. If the next U2 album takes its cues from this song, I will be one happy U2 fan.
Anyone saying that u2 is aging or "losing it" is probably sitting around wishing for the Joshua Tree days to come back. Nothing wrong with that, I mean, the Joshua Tree is incredible. But really, there is really nothing to criticize here. There are always multiple versions of u2 songs (from every album), and occasionally non-album versions are slightly better than album versions. Basically though, every song on this album is great.
ATYCLB kinda goes in 3 cycles to me... the first 4 songs kinda kick the album off in full gear, very upbeat for the most part (Beautiful Day, Elevation, Stuck in a moment, Walk On). "Stuck in a Moment" being the mellowest of the four. The next few songs are great as well, but more mellow and acoustic-y (Kite, Wild Honey, and In A Little While). Then, "New York" spices things back up a bit and the last few songs (Grace, Peace on Earth, and When I Look At The World) kinda settle into some sort of religious feeling that Bono often conveys in his lyrics. Personally, I like the first four and last four songs of the album the best, but most of my friends who are more pop-oriented like the middle few. hm.
Great album. Great tour. Probably the best album that came out in 2000. 5 stars easy. Older u2 fans may not like it as much as some of their prior work, but honestly, this album is just as strong as anything they've ever done. Don't get stuck in a rut. Give this album a chance, and u2 will again prove themselves the greatest band on Earth.
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This is not your dad's U2... this disc, while pleasing enough, it unfortunately lacking in authenticity, grit, creativity, and meaningfulness that I look for in an artist... Read morePublished on June 18 2008 by B. Keith
we need it now. And we are pretty close with this album. In my opinion the best U2 album by far. Not a weak track on it with special highlights to be found in "Peace on... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2004 by Harris Macklin
A bland and average set of innofensive rock songs, "All That You Can`t Leave Behind" has little to recommend. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by gonn1000
Four and 1/2 starts for U2, 5 comparatively to any other music being produced in the 2003/2004 year. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Infinite Catalyst
This CD is to good to review.
You don't need to review it, all you need to do is listen to it.
Its great, and their best since The Joshua Tree, and they are back to the... Read more
The music contained in this bunch of songs is the reason why so many younger rock groups are ripping off U2. Some longtime U2 fans may feel this is the groups worst cd. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Charles Scott Bennett
I might not be a typical U2 fan. My favorite songs from them were not played on the radio. "Exit" is the first one on my list, second one is on this album, "New... Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
Glad to see you guys are back...keep on rockin!
I have to admit, my first dozen times through the disc, I was not terribly impressed... Read more
WARNING: THIS ALBUM IS THE WORST U2 ALBUM EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!! AND I MEAN EVERRRRRR!!!! i mean what happened to that melodic and flawless tunes from the album "Joshua Tree"? Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by ChimpZilla