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  • Audio CD (March 4 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EAQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 259 customer reviews
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1. Discotheque
2. Do You Feel Loved
3. Mofo
4. If God Will Send His Angels
5. Staring At The Sun
6. Last Night On Earth
7. Gone
8. Miami
9. The Playboy Mansion
10. If You Wear That Velvet Dress
11. Please
12. Wake Up Dead Man

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The Japanese Version of Pop with One Extra Track- 'Holy Joe'(Guilty Mix).

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Get one thing straight: Techno is merely the fairy dust sprinkled atop another massive, brilliantly conceived slab of dense, drug-like rock & roll from the only band this side of the Smashing Pumpkins who could pull off such a feat. Mainstream audiences are desperate for something fresh yet familiar, and this Warholian treatise on the plasticity of pop culture expertly mixes new sonic colors with the band's signature art-rock genius. "Discotheque" is an exhilarating opener, "Staring at the Sun" is their answer to relative upstarts Oasis's hit "Wonderwall," and "If God Will Send His Angels" has the makings of a crossover anthem. This is U2 in peak unit-shifting form. --Jeff Bateman


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Format: Audio CD
So there it is. U2's least-acclaimed album, the only stain in the group's otherwise flawless discography. Many critics and fans were appalled and/or disappointed by U2's will to experiment a more synthetic, electronic sound. Why would they do that? How could U2, one of the world's greatest rock bands (keyword here is rock),operate such a change in their music? Some people perceived Pop as a kind of betrayal of U2's rock roots and as a mere attempt to cash in on the popularity of pop-dance music (when they certainly didn't need it). What the band's fundemental motivations were, I don't know. What I do know, is that unlike many fans and critcs, I absolutely love this album. Sure, it might not be their best, but it's a far cry from being any bad. And while too many people labelled Pop as being too electronica-tinged (which makes you wonder if those people have ever listened to any other song on the album than Discothèque), I believe that it's still has its fair share of rock. Staring at the Sun, for example, is classic U2. But the "unpopularity" of the album didn't seem to affect U2's indestructible reputation, given the incredible success of the PopMart tour that followed. Bono et al. have long been forgiven, thanks to one of the world's most loyal fanbase and the release of All That You Can't Leave Behind, which brought back U2's true rock sound. Anyway, even if they tried, they couldn't make a very bad album.
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U2 has set standards so high, that less than perfection seems a disapointment. At 7 million copies sold, POP is a disapointment most bands would kill over.
In reality, POP contains songs that are among the bands best.
MOFO is among the best dance songs of all time. You could groove too it if you wanted. But in the midst of all that noise, are some of the best lyrics Bono has ever written.
PLEASE is a sort of sequel to SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY, and musically at least, probably even better. It is the band firing on all cylinders, with Adam Clayton delivering one of his best bass lines.
THE PLAYBOY MANSION is Edge at his most soulful. IF YOU WEAR THAT VELVET DRESS started out as a B-Side, but was too good to leave off the album and is among its highlights.
You can hear Bono having a ball recording MIAMI. Even Alan Ginsberg was a fan. He quoted the lyrics in admiration of Bono's take on Beat Poetry.
I'm not completely sure why this album was considered disapointing to some. I think in part, the marketing when it was first released was quite poor. Save maybe three songs, it is not a dance album.
It is, arguably our most consistently great band, taking risks and winning out. Maybe it will become their MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. U2 takes more risks than most bands near their stature would dare dream. Give this disc a few good listens...You'll LEARN TO LIKE THE WAY IT FEELS...
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Pop is an album of extreme contradictions. It is also U2's bleakest album: It finds Bono at his most cynical, and his most desperate. Nearly all of the songs are about losing ones faith in Love, God and Self. Put these sentiments, among Bono's most introspective, against the ridiculous backdrop of retro-American, Disco-trance produced Rock & Roll, and you have the enigma that is "Pop." At its best, the songs are irony-dripping adrenaline-pumping tunes with all the clever hooks and wit we've come to expect from U2 (Discotheque, Do You Feel Loved, Staring at the Sun, Staring at the Sun, Last Night on Earth, Please)- while at its worst are immature lyrical games with songs overproduced to within an inch of their sad lives (Miami, If You Wear that Velvet Dress, The Playboy Mansion.)
The songs that work (the ones mentioned above) make the album worthwhile, without a doubt! But some of these songs deserved much better. If God Will Send His Angels is beautiful and heartbreaking at its core; but it is garishly ill-conceived in its production. It would've worked much better as a straight, earnest 4-piece-band ballad. And Mofo had potential, but was so relentlessly overworked all its life was pounded out.
This album has some of the best songwriting U2 has ever had, which is why it's ultimately somewhat of a dissapointment. Never have they done so little with so much. Still, now it must be taken for what it is, and not what it should've been- and U2 have another disc in Pop that deserves many listens.
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I finally got the guts to buy this...very misunderstood album called Pop,and what I found out is that people hate this album because they put U2 in a little box.Meaning,people refuse to listen to Pop,and some even refuse to acknowledge that Pop is a U2 album because it's different,because people only want to hear U2 singing I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and ignore great songs like The Fly and Discotheque.Well they're missing out!This album is great not just because the songs are great but because U2 is embracing a new style and not caring about what others think-it takes a lot of guts to do that.The songs are great though,and now I'll tell you about them.I saw no Brian Eno in the credits for some reason,but instead of him they put the great Howie B. in for recording,mixing,ect.U2 always seems to make something bright and good out of every year of the recording business when they make an album.Pop didn't win a Grammy but was nominated for Best Rock Album in 97'.The songs themselves are a treat.Discotheque is great fun,Mofo technically great,and The Playboy Mansion may be underrated but it's a very sweet song put together very well.And then you have the awful Miami,which was put together so horribly, you won't sing along with it:you'll scream instead.Also,you've got the boring and dragging If You Wear That Velvet Dress,that will absolutely bore you out of your skull! But of course there are other great songs too such as Gone,Last Night On Earth,and Staring At The Sun.So even with its shortcomings,Pop remains a treat for U2 fans who can appreciate it.
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