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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0006399FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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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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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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U2, known primarily for grandiose convictions, an intense desire to be the biggest band in the world, and a huge, guitar-driven sound with soaring vocals, have become rather conservative in their evolution. Retreating from their 1980s work, U2 primarily focused on broadening their artistic pallette, bringing in electronica, techno, and other weird fusions. This created a problem with U2's fan base as the decade drew to a close, because the farther U2 strayed into the eclectic musical territory they were pursuing, the more difficult it was for the fans to follow their evolution. When U2 experimented successfully, they made some of the most successful music of their career (ACHTUNG BABY). Yet they grounded their experimentation with a sense of purpose, and they always kept their ambition within the elasticity of the fans' and critics' admiration. At least, they tempered their music with a good dose of rock in the early 90s. ACHTUNG BABY, one of their most experimental, evolutionary records, has been universally hailed by both fans and critics alike as some of their most significant music. ACHTUNG BABY set the course for much of the decade, with U2 going more and more into post-modernism.

Then the 1997 nadir POP happened. Not that POP was necessarily a BAD album. Instead of sounding a natural progression of the band's ambition, the experimentation never really gelled, much like R.E.M.'s UP. POP comes across as torn between two different directions - the anthem-driven, spiritually aware U2 lamenting a loss world, and a strange, dance-driven beat that is supposed to celebrate living with almost primitive desire, instead of commenting on the moral and social decline of earth.
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Format: Audio CD
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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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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