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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0006399FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vertigo
2. Miracle Drug
3. Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own
4. Love and Peace or Else
5. City of Blinding Lights
6. All Because of You
7. Man and a Woman
8. Crumbs from Your Table
9. One Step Closer
10. Original of the Species
11. Yahweh

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U2 formed in their native Dublin in 1978 and remains intact with its four original band members: Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge. The band has sold more than 120 million records worldwide in an extraordinary career that has firmly established them as one of the world's greatest rock `n' roll bands. Along the way, U2 has earned a phenomenal 14 Grammy Awards, seven of which were for their last studio album, 2000's `All That You Can't Leave Behind,' including two consecutive awards for 'Record of the Year.' As popular for their legendary live shows as for their groundbreaking albums, U2 innovates and inspires while packing football stadiums and sweaty clubs around the world. What is next for the group that continues to reinvent themselves and push the boundaries of music?


The album that carries U2 into its 25th year--and likely the mixed blessings of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--is one of its most frank and focused since the days of October and War. But its gestation was anything but simple, in part salvaged from '03 sessions the band deemed subpar. Enter Steve Lillywhite, the band's original producer and sometime collaborator in the decades since, who helped retool the track "Native Son" (originally an anti-gun screed) into the aggressive iPod anthem "Vertigo" and leaves his distinctive stamp on the muscular "All Because of You" and others. Perhaps weary of ceaseless, fashion-driven reinvention in the wake of monumental success, U2 seem only too happy here to re-embrace their original sonic trademarks in service of more daring, pop-melodic hooks than they've collected in one place in decades. The Eno/Lanois produced "Love and Peace or Else" may shimmer with the duo's electro-production conceits, but it's Edge's lugubrious, post-modern John Lee Hooker guitar swagger that drives it. Elsewhere, Bono's trademark dramaturgy is spotlighted on "City of Blinding Lights," the unabashed romance of "A Man and a Woman," and the confessional "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own." It may come wrapped in a conundrum--is it nostalgic retrenchment or sum of the band's endless musical catharsis?--but it's also the album where, Fly and MacPhisto be damned, U2 boldly claims its arena titan mantle with apologies to no one. --Jerry McCulley

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muldfeld on Nov. 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
My big complaint here is that Universal and U2 have released this collector's edition under the pretense that it contains more than what you'd get if you ordered the deluxe version with DVD or the regular album. What is not mentioned is that while the Collector's Edition does contain a few photos, poetry, and documents, as well as the DVD and a bonus track (Fast Cars), there are NO LYRICS and NO PICTURES that are available on the regular album or deluxe version. When I spend $40 +, I better darn well get the lyrics and whatever the regular album contains. Instead, I've had to buy the regular album to get the pictures of the band and lyrics, which is a basic requisite for any U2 album. Shame on U2 and Universal for doing that to hardcore fans! I have always been against downloading without intent to purchase albums, but now I don't care what others do to U2; the world's biggest band is shafting its fans or doesn't care to protect us from Universal's greed.
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HTDAAB is an absolutely incredible album - its their best since Achtung Baby. Songs like Vertigo (a tale about a drunken party), Love And Peace Or Else (stories of a man who fights his brother for a woman they both love, and then fights real war, and terrorism) and All Because Of You (a song about birth) are three of the rockiest songs they've played yet. Miracle Drug is a heartfelt recounting of a man's fight against paralysis, which he has had since birth. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and One Step Closer are both emotional songs about Bono's dad, the first being a wrenching goodbye, the latter being a song of acceptance. Following the departure of Bob Hewson, is a welcome to all of their children, in Original Of The Species.
The high point of the album is undoubtably the soaring City Of Blinding Lights, recounting New York after 9/11, and giving the city a message of hope. From the chilling guitar notes, to the calm piano, and some of U2's most inspiring lyrics, this, the longest song on the album, is undoubtably one of U2's finest studio works, in the class of masterpieces such as One, With Or Without You and Walk On, and it comes out even better live.
The only real disappointment on the album is A Man And A Woman, a bland and boring song with only one or two really enjoyable lyrics. The overrated Crumbs From Your Table is a fairly good song, but just can't compare to some of U2's other relatively unknown classics, such as The First Time, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), Exit, MLK and So Cruel. Closing off this version of the album is the passive Yahweh, a good song, which is incredible when stripped down and played acoustically. Other, special editions (and the UK version) include another rocker, Fast Cars, which immediatly sets the tone for the next album.
Their best album since Achtung Baby, HTDAAB is a real pleasure to listen to.
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Format: Audio CD
I have loved U2 since I first heard them in 1981 with the "Boy" album. Edge's soaring guitar and the lyrics always reached out and touched me. I followed them through all the changes and albums and mostly they have never failed to please, even "Pop". This one leaves me with mixed feelings.
I first heard "Vertigo" on the Apple Music webpage and played it over and over again. I went out and bought the single soon after I first heard it. I was anticipating something spectacular. Unfortunately, the album did not live up to the promise of "Vertigo".
After my first listen I said "What happened????". It just did not meet expectations. As I often do I listened to it again and became pleasantly surprised by what I heard.
Most of the album is good and the songs are well done but do not fit well with "Vertigo". Yahweh has to be the weakest of the bunch. So, on the whole, this is a good album but not a great album as, say, "Joshua Tree" or "Unforgetable Fire".
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Format: Audio CD
What can I say about this CD..it's a U2 classic. We've come to expect great things from U2 everytime they put out an album..and HTDAAB does not dissapoint. It's got everything, the rocking tunes, the beautiful ballads and everything in between. My personal favourites are "Sometimes you Can't Make It On Your Own" (# 3), "Crumbs From Your Table" (# 8), and "Original of The Species". Each part of every single song is inspirational: the lyrics, the melody. Each band member delivers, especially the frontment, The Edge, with his great guitar riffs, and Bono, with the always passionate vocals.
U2 doesn't come out with an album every year, and they've been critizised for that it the past. But take it from a real U2 fan, the wait is well worth it. Instead of producing a garbage album every year, the most artists do, U2 takes their time to make a CD that I could listen to every day (which I do) and not get bored (which I'm not). And FYI, if you're on the fence about buying this CD, do it. Take the plunge. It will, I guarantee you, be worth every penney.
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What can you say that hasn't already been said about this band? They are the biggest and arguably best band in the world today, have sold more than 100 million albums, won countless grammys, and perhaps most importantly been a critically acclaimed and relevant band for over 20 years. They had nothing left to prove to cement their place as the band of their generation and among the greatest of all time. This album is a gem, and has elements included that are reminiscent of all the U2 eras from the raw, early "I Will Follow' sound of 'Vertigo' to the classic "One/Stay" sounds of 'Sometimes you Can't Make it on Your Own' to the very upbeat "Desire" sounds of "All Because of You" to the stunning and likely future classics "Miracle Drug" and "City of Blinding Lights" which has the longest introduction since "Where the Streets Have No Name". "Crumbs from Your Table" brings back memories of "Walk On" and "Love and Peace or Else" has a striking similarity with "Bullet the Blue Sky". U2 has never made a bad record, with the majority being at least really good, including All That You Can't Leave Behind. However, this one is even better than that last release. There isn't a bad song on the record which puts this album near or with the ranks of "The Joshua Tree" and "Achtung Baby" as a classic album. For a band that has been together as long as U2 to be putting out albums this good is a testimony to their greatnesss and pursuit of excellence. Bring on the accolades for this band and this work! Hope to catch the tour!
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