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Zooropa is almost perverse in the way it subverts every expectation we've ever had of U2. The world's most serious rock band releases an album of advertising parodies, Prince imitations, girl group tributes, taunts of rich girls and straightforward love songs. The album opens with the title tune, a vision of a near-future Europe that finds its common culture in advertising slogans and synth programs. As Bob Dylan once did with "Like a Rolling Stone", U2 takes aim on "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" at a spoiled rich girl who discovers her life of privilege has sapped all her strength. Bono's vocal has a Dylanesque sneer, but the Edge's guitar and Mullen's percussion create the sounds of a snarled traffic jam and Clayton's in-your-face bass line throbs like a migraine headache. By contrast, "The First Time" is the most genuinely romantic track U2 has ever recorded. The most surprising and most pleasurable tracks on the album, though, are a pair of R&B infatuation numbers, "Babyface" and "Lemon". Nothing better serves overextended rock stars than a return to the music's origins at the sock hop. The results aren't always fully satisfying, but they do reveal an unglimpsed, unexpected side to one of the world's most celebrated, most ambitious pop acts. --Geoffrey Himes
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The album takes a while to lift off with the interference intro of Zooropa but once those familiar Edge style licks rear their head out of the chaos, its pure heaven. The song Zooropa comes in 3 stages - the long intro (as mentioned), then a slow dreamy journey followed by a punchy finale. Its a great song and the only time I've heard it played live was at Wembley in London during the Zooropa leg of the ZooTV tour.
Babyface is a grower. A cheaky little number you might say!
Numb - forget it, this song sucks chunks big time throwup. I dislike this song with a passion. When they played it at the gig I attended, I wanted to grab that big remote control of Bonos and point it at Edge!
Lemon - This may be the best song on the album. Fantastic and highly addictive. Its one of those songs that gets under your skin and you NEED to hear it!
Stay - This song is already a legend. Brilliant! Nuff said.
Daddy's Gonna Pay... - A really great industrial drumming experience. This song was brilliant live.
Some Days Are Better... - and some songs are better also. Great bass though - it really vibrates the speakers!
The First Time - Emotional, mood-driven and hypnotic. I do wish someone would have handed Bono a kleenex and some vicks though - he needs to clear his nasal passages. 'I have bany bansions...' etc
Dirty Day - This is more like the U2 we know and love. This song is a more up-to-date Exit. Same formula - also see New York. Still, its a great song.Read more ›
"Zooropa", it is my believe, cannot be fully appreciated without "Achtung Baby", and vice versa. They could have been a double album together and it wouldn't have made any difference in how fans think of them. This record is a grower, no question, but once it grows on you, it's as good as any U2 record.
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Don't miss this ONE! I have about 150 discs and nothing compares to it!!!
I wouldn't give it up for the world.A lyric marvel.... Such an uncompromiseable sound!!!!
I'm a fan of the entire U2 catalog except this one. Clearly it's a mishmash of leftover experiments and B sides sold as a major release. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2013 by Electric Ticker
One of the clasics modern pop albums that can not mis in any collection! Songs like Zooropa, Lemon and of course Stay (faraway, so close) could transport us in an amazing sound... Read morePublished on July 7 2012 by axia13
I purchased this product because the songs sounded different from all the other U2 I have heard. I fell in love with a few of the songs on youtube, and I just had to have the whole... Read morePublished on June 10 2010 by lmg
"Zooropa" is a really interesting album. The sound isn't "U2" that everyone knows, its really just an experiment. It really wasn't supposed to be an album. Read morePublished on March 14 2006 by Will
Intended at first to be an EP, it developed into an entire album that, though largely underappreciated, is an unusual testament to U2's versatility. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Beketaten
Zooropa remains an astonishing abberration in the U2 catelog even a decade after its release because the band seems to have seemingly buried it - no one ever discusses the hits... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by E. Kutinsky
Following closely on the heels of Achtung Baby, Zooropa was released to coincide with the launch of the European leg of the ZooTV tour. Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Paul Perry