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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
Recommended U2 Discography
The Joshua Tree
All That You Can't Leave Behind
The Best of 1990-2000
The Best of 1980-1990
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Enjoyed this very much. Have been a fan of theirs for years and finally got a round to getting this CD and I really like it.Published on April 23 2014 by Tim
This is the 1st U2 album I bought and I'm wasb't disappointed. Some brilliant rock songs on this like Vertigo, Miracle Drug, Fast Cars and Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2010 by Ben Nicholson
Sometimes groups stay too long at the party. U2 is one of those groups. They've had too much success and attention for their own good and I don't really get it anymore. Read morePublished on June 3 2005
I know a lot of U2 fans out there seem to be disappointed with their latest album, HTDAAB, but I'm not. Read morePublished on May 20 2005 by Phenom Penn
Once again, U2 has managed to create an excellent piece of work. If you enjoyed "All that you can't leave behind", "Achtung baby" and "The Joshua... Read morePublished on April 7 2005
I loved it, it shows that after 20 years of being in the business, U2 still has the same deep lyrics, and that harmonic sound.Great for the new and the old fans!Published on April 4 2005
What shaped like last year's int'l best buy (and polled as album of the year in Russia, incidentally!) should be thumbed down as alternative kitsch, at best. Read morePublished on March 27 2005 by vladimir yelbaev
What shaped like last year's int'l best buy (and polled as album of the year in Russia, incidentally!) should be thumbed down as alternative kitsch, at best. Read morePublished on March 26 2005 by vladimir yelbaev