- Audio CD (Oct. 31 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00004Z0LW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 1,092 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
All That You Can't Leave Behind
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|10. New York|
Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
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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This is probably one of the best U2 CD's in years. A little lighter on the effects and hi-tech stuff, Edge's guitar work is phenomenal throughout. Bono's voice and the song melodies are better than ever. The songs are instrumentally full, diverse and non-repetitive. Fans of these ageless (once referred to as alternative) rockers can't miss this one.
through 2 guitars, a drum kit, and one man's voice. The music
is delivered to you like a conversation with a close friend.
There are no Jimi Hendrix guitar solo's, Robert Plant vocal aspousals, or Keith Moon drums. Just steady solid music, U2
style, with soundscapes so well-imagined that they are absolutely
real to many of us. This album becomes more and more listenable,
essential actually. An astonishing record that brings at least
5 U2 classics "Beautiful Day", "Walk On", "When I Look At The
World", "New York", and "Grace". In fact, if you have the chance,
take 5 minutes to listen to "Grace". I mean really listen to it.
Like "The Joshua Tree" in the 1980's, "Achtung Baby" in the 1990's, and now "ATYCLB" in this new decade-each of these recordings were arguably the best or close to the best records of their era.
Part of the problem came from U2 trying to reinvent themselves. Yes, every artist wants to grow and expand, but as Shakepseare said, "In striving we oftern mar what is well." I think they were trying to hard to be techno an pop. It may have been a type of hyper-irony as the groups they tried to imitate they were also mocking as a satire.
Well, they have dropped all pretences with this album and have found their sould again. They have also grown up and have become more reflective as they were during "October" and the prayerful "40" from "War."
This CD has aged well in the passed year, and it is still being played, even during this foul war we are fighting. The song are still relevant and relaxed. They are comforatble being U2 again!