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  • Audio CD (June 28 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001E18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Zooropa
2. Babyface
3. Numb
4. Lemon
5. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
6. Daddy's Gonna Pay For
7. Some Days Are Better Than Others
8. The First Time
9. Dirty Day
10. The Wanderer - U2, Johnny Cash

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U2 ~ Zooropa

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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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Format: Audio CD
A lot of things can and have been said about U2, but one thing you can't accuse the band of is not taking chances. Compare "Zooropa" with their earlier albums like "War" and "October" and you notice a stunning change in mood and especially sound. This is the kind of album made for the extremely diverse listener or the fan not afraid to explore new flavors. It feels as if the group was tired and bored of being shackled as simple message givers and anthem composers and decided to burst out of the bubble and simply have fun with what a studio can do. A lot of artists have tried to dramatically change their sound (remember Pat Boone and Neil Diamond?) and have failed miserably, deciding to return to their place of origin. But U2 are skilled craftsmen who know how to work with a team composed of brains like Daniel Lanois (absent here) and Brian Eno (big architect here). The Eno influence is big here with the electronic brushstrokes and how the album goes more for atmosphere than straight ahead rock. The opening title track is practically an epic of images and sounds, Bono describes and promises with lush techno synths gliding around. But this isn't U2 going techno, it's U2 PLAYING with techno. "Babyface" for example sounds like a sweet pop tune but notice The Edge creeps up with a snarling guitar riff that still sounds at home. Speaking about The Edge, who is underrated as a vocalist, his stand-out moment is "Numb," a rap with a techno guitar riff sliding back and forth in the background. The song is essentially just the same beat over and over with Edge speaking, yet it still manages to capture you with the words and his phrasing. "Lemon" is the kind of track some U2 fans love and others hate.Read more ›
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Like another reviewer said, this does take time to appreciate - especially for hardened U2 fans like myself. It took me about a year to really really like this album. On first hearing I was pleasantly surprised but not bowled over as I usually am the first time I hear a U2 album.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Are these the guys who brought us Joshua Tree? What have they been smoking!
1. Zooropa- Probably one of the top 5 non-single songs of U2's history. It's right up there with Bad, Until the End of the World. Mysterious, evil at first, but turns into a beautiful eerie, weird song. No wonder the album is named of this. 10/10
2. Babyface- Stupid course with horribley catchy tunes. It's crazy I tell you. CRAZY! It's not really a bad song, wait YES IT IS! 5/10
3. Numb- Improvement from Babyface but I liked the new mix from Best of 1990-2000 better. Techno rap with Edge singing very very low bass. Nicely worded... right 10/10
4. Lemon- Space age disco techno with Bobo's high pithched voice, lost wandering sound, piano's, and heavy distortion and violins. Nearly 7 minutes long. 10/10
5. Stay- Maybe the best love song U2's ever done. 3rd fovorite song. Reminds me of Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. Pretty much the same through out the song. 10/10
6. Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car- 1st bad song since Babyface. The background music is great, but the rest of it is just stupid. It's lame. The past must be burned down for a new future. I'm afraid of the future. But this is still the past. 2/10
7. Some Days are better than Others- Only U2 could pull this off. Like #6 only a whole lot better. 10/10
8. The First Time- Bobo gets serious. Sounds just like All I Want Is You but a whole lot shorter. Bono's asking for forgiveness (about time) Only song under 4 minutes. 10/10
9. Dirty Day- What this album is all about (See #1, #3, #4, #7) 10/10
10. Wanderer- Jonny Cash? What is going on. Didn't worh in 1988, it still doesn't. 4/10
This is U2's 4th of 5th best album. Oh you better believe it. This goes from Achtung Baby all the way downtown, to the very most southern point. Like destroying an oil rig with a... I don't know.
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