Achtung Baby () is the seventh studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records. After criticism of their 1988 release Rattle and Hum, U2 shifted their direction to incorporate influences from alternative rock, industrial music, and electronic dance music into their sound. Thematically, Achtung Baby is darker, more introspective, and at times more flippant than their previous work. The album and the subsequent multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour were central to the group's 1990s reinvention, by which they abandoned their earnest public image for a more lighthearted and self-deprecating one. Seeking inspiration from German reunification, U2 began recording Achtung Baby at Berlin's Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After tension and slow progress nearly prompted the group to disband, they made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song "One". Morale and productivity improved during subsequent recording sessions in Dublin, where the album was completed in 1991. To confound the public's expectations of the band and their music, U2 chose the record's facetious title and colourful multi-image sleeve. Achtung Baby is one of U2's most successful records; it received favourable reviews and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Top Albums, while topping the charts in many other countries. Five songs were released as commercial singles, all of which were chart successes, including "One", "Mysterious Ways", and "The Fly". The album has sold 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Achtung Baby has since been acclaimed by writers and music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. The record was reissued in October 2011 for its 20th anniversary, and again in November 2021 for its 30th anniversary.Wikipedia
U2's other perfect album. This album completely reinvents U2 from the traditional arena rock that reached its peaked in Joshua Tree. But just like Joshua Tree, U2's innovation and creativity sets it apart from anything else from the era. Now there is influence from the prior shoegaze and Madchester movements that dominated the UK in the years prior, but there truly is nothing else that ever had or will sound like this album. And yet U2 still delivers a product that can appeal to the pop audience... it just takes a few listens to really get into. "Zoo Station" is the perfect intro that slaps us immediately with the new sound, with the industrial sound and distorted vocals and guitar riffs (you can really see the influences here). The next song is another amazing track and is probably the best blend of their new style and the U2 pop we're used to, which explains why it's the 4th single. The third track "One" is one of their most famous songs, and yes it is a great song. I'm just not into that kind of song. Next two songs are again amazing. Love the subject and production of "Until the end of the world" and "... Your Horses." I also love how the guitar goes from complete distortion to a gradual clarity in the latter song. Next song "So Cruel" is pretty good, but I'm not crazy about it like the others, probably since it's less exciting and also the longest track at nearly 6 minutes. I do really like the production value, especially starting at the 2 minute mark. Also love the emotion in the vocals that align so well with the instrumentals. Next we have my favorite track, "The Fly." Note this was their lead single. Not "One" or "Mysterious Ways" which would have appealed to pop audiences and old fans... but this lunatic piece. When this single dropped on radio and MTV, everyone blew their shit. Between the industrial sound, distortion, and darker tone, this was nothing like they had ever made, and a perfect message about what this album would be about. I absolutely love the sound. The next track is their other famous funky pop track, "Mysterious Ways," which you are likely to hear on any modern rock station. You can dance to it. You can sing to it. I love where the song turns around the 2 minute turn with the amazing Eno production touch. Next track "Tryin to throw..." is the weakest of them all, and is one of the flaws preventing this from being absolutely perfect. Album picks up again with "Ultra violet" which goes back to their Joshua Tree roots and has an optimistic message in contrast to the grim undertones among the rest of the album. Next track "Acrobat" uses an Irish time signature and has my favorite lyrics. The last track "Love is Blindness" is also a tad bit weak, but it's slower pace makes it the best canididate to close off this masterpiece. As you can tell, I absolutely love the album from front to end, which just one really boring track, and the others with all sorts of highlights that expose the zenith of U2's talent and creativity. I'm not sure how influential this album was due to how different it was to the other rising genres out there, but it stands out as a work with its own identity, standing the test of time 30 years and on.
Yeah, nah. Fuck U2.
Their best album, and it's not even close. The band was in need of something of a reinvention, which in U2's case meant making sure the songs didn't sound like they were about God. Or at least not come off as self-righteous. And for Bono Vox, that's asking a lot. "One" is Bono's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", destined to be covered ad nauseum for years to come. My favorite song here is "Trying To Throw You're Arms Around The World", and 22-year old me was delighted to hear them play it when I saw them on their Zoo TV Tour in support of this album in Ames, Iowa. Every song here is a banger, and proof that Bono is capable of magic when he doesn't take himself so seriously. R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People", Nirvana's "Nevermind" and this masterpiece were all released within a 12-month time frame. During the same time frame, both Robin Yount and George Brett collected their 3,000th hit, and a large black woman walked up to me and said, "You got a fine ass. You could fry an egg on that ass" waiting in line to get into a bar. What a great time it was to be alive.
How do you follow The Joshua Tree? This is how. You expand your sound. You get out of your comfort zone a bit. The songs on Achtung Baby feel more personal and sound more energetic. Only thing is I personally don't care for is the last 2 songs. Other than that, great album!!!
Meh. Pretty generic Pop/Rock album. What bothered me the most is that I grew tired of Bono's voice by end.
I am delighted to confirm that U2 are not my U. This album supposedly marks one of the greatest reinventions in rock history. So well done U2 on leaving your post-punk roots behind and reinventing yourselves as a bland, beige proto-Coldplay.
Fuck off Bono. Fun Fact: Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant chose this album title from a shortlist of 16 including Achtung Adult and Achtung Teenager.
Isn’t Bono the world’s largest shit?
Can't get much better than that!
I haven't listened to this album in 15 years, and listening back to it, I'm surprised at how essential it still sounds. Particularly because U2 have become utterly irrelevant in recent years..... but this album stands out as being a classic of its time. A reinvention that kept the band at the top of their game
Before starting the 1001 albums journey, Achtung Baby was one of my favourite albums to listen to. Its also probably the only u2 album that's equally balanced throughout, with the usual like Joshua Tree or All You Can Leave Behind being much stronger in first side and weaker in the second. Although the 80s were great to them, to me, the 90s was the best u2 era. You have a perfect album like Achtung along with the underrated but great Zooropa and Pop. Its a shame they haven't been able to put out anything near interesting and consistent since the 2000s. Since I already know the album well enough, I decided to listen to the deluxe tracks instead and was suprised by its quality. You do have some duds like their cover of Paint it Black and Fortunate Son, but there are also quality numbers like Lady With the Spinning Head and the Temple Bar Mix of Horses. About half of them were truely great. The guitar sound on this is fantastic, really crunchy on Zoo Station and The Fly, delicate on One and groovy on Mysterious Ways. The rhythm section is great throughout and the vocals have a fantastic range from baritone to falsetto. Overall a great album and one I wish I could have experienced when it came out.
Effectively bouncing between styles and moods, this is a great album that stands among U2's best.
This is my favourite U2 album. I (generally) find them a bit bombastic and earnest, a bit too polished and devoid of swing. But this is the record where they discovered noise, irony and even a modicum of funk. I love industrial music, so the noisy, industrial production style really appeals to me. And, despite the deliberately trashy presentation, there are some really strong songs here, including One, which I would argue is the greatest song they ever wrote. I saw U2 once in the early 2000s, and I was surprised at how closely Bono stuck to the vocal arrangements from the records, occasionally throwing in snippets of other song s(with mixed results) to try and keep things fresh, but I really got the impression that (despite his great pipes), he doesn't think on his feet particularly quickly in a musical sense. I suspect in the studio he works really hard until he finds the best performance, and that is generally locked in forever. But when he sang One, I felt that this was a song he deeply understood, musically, and it was not just a replaying of the record. His performance was much ore fluid and in the moment. While not as hard-edged as a lot of the records I was listening to when this came out (Einsturzende Neubauten, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, etc etc), this had the advantage of having really great songs at the core (which you would certainly not accuse Skinny Puppy of. The only late 80s, early 90s industrial band with really great songs was Nine Inch Nails). I listened to this record a lot, and each track still stands up. The songs are less global, worthy and important, and much more human and morally ambiguous. There is a quite a bit informed by the Edge's divorce, but also reflected int eh band's own near-divorce. It was a bold swing at a real change, and one that paid off for them, extending their career that had perhaps run otu of obvious places to go. Interestingly, having heard some of the demos, I suspect a LOT of the greatness of this album comes down tot he production and mixing team, of Eno, Daniel Lanois, Flood and Steve Lillywhite, who took some pretty half backed ideas and edited and mixed them into an amazing record. Lanois can record, Eno can edit, Lillywhite can mix, but for my money, the real secret sauce is Flood. This is him starting to move into the big time, from the alternative bands he had worked with previously. The band threw everything and the kitchen sink on tape, but it is the editing a mixing that really lifts this (and I think Flood can be clearly heard here).
I have a complicated relationship with U2. I was a fan of their first two albums as a youngster but found War to be little more than ham-fisted chest-beating and anyway, you sort of had to take sides in those days between them and the Bunnymen and I knew which side I was firmly on. But then they released this - easily the best album of their career - and I was back on board for a few years. It tails off noticeably towards the end but the first two thirds is magnificent. And, really, what have the Bunnymen done that's truly great since 1987?
Usually I find U2 to be pretty overrated, but this album's really good. Very interesting sound to start the 90s with.
I’ve never been much of a U2 fan, but was pleasantly surprised by Achtung Baby. A lot of pop hits on this one, and the fillers were also listenable. The kind of album I would not intentionally play, but wouldn’t complain about it either. Overall good, but of course included what I consider to be some typical U2 nonsensical lyrics. This album isn’t a #1, but I certainly see it as a solid #2. I also liked the bonus material on the Spotify edition. 3.5 stars. Rounding up!
I never know how to feel about this band. I'm old enough to remember nearly all of their releases...I tried hard for Unforgettable Fire (1984), then again with Rattle n Hum/Achtung Baby (1989-1991)...and one last gasp for All That You Can't Leave Behind (2002)... Is it possible to both acknowledge that an album is probably excellent but that you just don't like it? I remember buying this upon release and maybe just *believing* I liked it based on so many hits... to be fair, the music is definitely a "new" sound for U2 compared to much of their previous work...those clean delayed guitars, space/reverb which were all so prevalent. I guess I do appreciate if not like that aspect of change. On this disc right away we hear elements of techno, distorted guitars, loops... and as a result many of these songs are quickly catchy...but at the same time boring. Notably I'll point out "One" which can probably safely be called a classic song, if not their best then in the conversation and builds to an inspiring climax. Why is this never among my favourite albums or bands? I don't fully know - on Achtung Baby the drums sound like hitting wet paper, that's definitely a turn-off. I'm not enveloped in the sound of this album, despite it having a richness of content. If there's one thing alone though - it's the vocals. I think I'm not a fan of vocalist Bono, and more specifically from roughly this album forward. Allowing for the obvious that albums are recorded as multitrack and layered over and over.... it still always sounds too obvious with U2 and Bono, like the music is a distant accompaniment and Bono is in a small room crooning way way too close to the microphone. He never feels a part of the action - there's nothing inherently bad about it...it's just distracting to me on almost every song. This is a terrible review, I just don't know how to put it - U2: a band I want to like, I like some songs, bits of a few albums, but I've never said "hey i'm in the mood for U2". Listen to this album to get a very accurate slice of the early 90s in the rock world. I'll give big points for creativity especially in the guitar category but it's not my thing. 6/10 3 stars.
Never been a big U2 fan. Enjoyed the Edge's playing, but never the group as a whole. This record, at certain points, sounds very loose, like a jam session that happens to be going well. Bono has a lot of effects on his voice but none make me enjoy it anymore. Hard zone out on a good portion of this record. Favorite tracks: "One", "Ultra Violet"
Nein. It’s like 4 session musicians all contributed their required piece to a contracted recording. The cohesion, lustre, charisma, and taste of steamed lettuce.
A considerar primero, que no hay una canción de este disco que no me guste. Quizá The Fly es la que menos, y creo que tiene más que ver con el personaje que Bono creo para cantarla. Luego también, este cumple 30 años y sin embargo casi todo suena como algo que podría estarse oyendo hoy, bastante alejado a las otras cosas que nos ha tocado oír de finales de los 80 o principios de los 90. También el detalle de ser el séptimo disco de una banda (que por cierto ahora llegan a 14 discos) que ya tenía para ese entonces un sonido reconocible y una legión de seguidores, y sin embargo, este disco se distingue muchísimo en todos sentidos de los anteriores: el sonido de la guitarra característico the The Edge casi no está presente; las letras de Bono dejan de ser políticas y socialosas y ahora finalmente habla de cosas personales; hay sonidos industriales, electrónicos, disonancias, gritos, efectos y muchas cosas que el U2 de antes no tenía en absoluto. Y con todo ese cambio, es de hecho un sonido que terminaron también por apropiarse y se sigue oyendo en los siguientes discos. Finalmente, tiene al menos dos de mis canciones favoritas de la banda: Ultra Violet y One, que además creo que podría ser mi balada favorita de la vida (descontando las de The Beatles que se cuentan aparte). Ya como nota, hace 10 años, que el disco cumplió 20, le hicieron un tributo con coves muy buenos incluyendo a NIN, Garbage, The Killers, Jack White, etc. Muy recomendable, se llama Ăhk-to͝ong Ba͞y-bi
I actually never heard much from U2. I just know the well known songs and otherwise can only remember the iTunes incident. Beginning slaps hard actually. I really like it. It gets a little meandering from the middle though. But I enjoy the 90's Donnie Darko vibe from it. All in all, pretty good but it got some lengths. Way better than expected though.
Yeah sorry I'm not listening to this one. I can't. I FUCKING CAN'T. NO.
Their career high point. A huge leap on from the Joshua Tree. The album belongs to the Edge and the guitar sound throughout this is just brilliant - an easy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
On my first listen - this is a classic.
They got everything right with this post-Joshua Tree reinvention. It may have gotten dull with subsequent releases, but this one is great. Probably the last U2 album I care about.
Good gravy I love this album. I expect a 5 star. I haven't listened to it straight through in a decade, though... so we'll see. But I'm stoked.
High school for me. Been a while that I listened to the album in full play through. Forgot how much of a giant it is, still really good after all this time too. Every single song hits me with massive memories. Some good some bad, but still a ride I’m glad to take.
Their best album, beats Joshua Tree by a hair.
It’s pretty good.
i like it
When Achtung Baby came out, I was impressed by how different this album sounded from the previous work from U2. I had listened to tracks from each of U2's albums prior to Achtung Baby, and at least 4 out of the 6 prior albums in their entirety. This album made me excited to see what U2 was going to do next. I like each track on this album. My favorites are "Mysterious Ways", "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses", "One" and "Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World". I think I may need to round up to a full 5 stars.
Sounded like nothing else when it came out, holds up very well, with tiptop production
“Music of drama, depth, intensity and, believe it, funkiness.”
A fantastic album. U2 dreamed it all up again and have another album on par with the Joshua Tree
I hate to admit it but I just really like U2 Hadn't listened to this particular album in its entirety before, so there were a few tracks that were new to me! It probably doesn't stand up to Joshua Tree but still very good.
Love this album and a turning point album for U2. Love this album.
I recently watched a documentary about the making of this album, so it's fun to sit down with it today. It is also never a bad time to hear a U2 album. I cannot stress enough how cool this album sounded when it came out. It’s still one of the most creative and memorable albums U2 ever made, arguably their best. U2 had made some great albums up to this point, but I don't think anyone expected that they could pull off an album like this. The band stretches creatively in a completely different direction, embracing more of the dance pop sounds that were popular at that time, more vocal and musical distortion, and darker subject matter. The lyrics are more introspective and personal. But there’s also a cynicism in these songs that was unexpected from this band. It shows the band’s capacity for growth and substance. It's a big part of why we still talk about U2 30 years later. What a fantastic album. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): One, Until the End of the World, Love Is Blindness, The Fly, So Cruel, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), Acrobat, Mysterious Ways, Zoo Station, Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
It's just really good. Every track is a banger.
Excellent top notch
Acid test for a five-star album laden with hits. What does it sound like when you don't play any of the singles? A 30 minute album with 'Zoo Station' 'Waiting for the end of the world' 'Love is Blindness' 'trying to throw your arms around the world' and so on would still be in my top three of U2 albums ever. So yes, all the accolades and more.
One of the easiest 5 stars on this list. Top 2 U2 album alongside The Joshua Tree, and a perfect studio follow-up even with a reinvention of their sound that would usher them through the 90s. My personal favorite is "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" but lots of other excellent songs on there. People getting caught up the unoriginal anti-Bono/U2 trope... it's a shame considering how great this one is. 9/10
One is a FUCKING BOP, also mysterious ways.
i love this album.
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An album that changed music for me as a youth. It’s good to hear it again.
Just an incredible album.
I never get tired of hearing this album. Solid.
Am I giving an album a 5 because of one single? Yes, because that single is One, which is a top 5 song. I hear all of your objections - it's too saccharine, you don't like Bono, you have no taste - and I reject them all. Best track: One
La gran reinvenció del rock, i una de les obres capitals dels '90, i del rock com a génere. Com una banda ja en aquell moment veterana i mondialment coneguda van ser capaços de renéixer amb aquest punt àlgid de creativitat, renovació, experimentació ben entesa, inspiració en cota màxima, és un misteri dels temps. Però així ho van fer, donant llum a una obra immortal
Another classic albums I had forgot about , loved every track
In my opinion, one of the greatest's U2 albums. I love it since the first song until the last one. "The fly" is my favorite. The sound of Achtung Baby is the opening of the 90´s for U2, leaving behind their 80's style.
In 2005(?) I saw Pearl Jam in Toronto. The whole night Eddie Vedder was making jokes thanking U2 for opening for them, as they had done concerts the previous 2 nights. At the end of the concert, they started playing Keep On Rocking in the Free World and a guy in a cowboy hat came out on stage and was dancing along. We at first thought it was Neil Young (we were sitting at the farthest seat at ACC, now Scotiabank Arena). Neil Young though had just had brain surgery so no doctor would have cleared him. We then realized it was Bono. To my recollection, Eddie sang the first verse and corus alongside Bono, then Eddie passed the mic to Bono to sing the next verse. I don’t think Bono knew the lyrics to the song because he just started rambling sort of in time to the music? Then continued dancing. Great night overall. This album is amazing. Not their best but an amazing and worthy follow up to one of the greatest records of all time.
Wow, this still holds up!
Ok, so I’ll admit that U2 has some issues. Bono can come off a bit arrogant and cringey, and U2 sometimes act like they think they are more important than they are… But man, they put out some great albums. Achtung Baby is maybe my 3rd or 4th favorite album of theirs (behind Joshua Tree and War at least), and it’s still incredible and easily a 5 star album for me. The song writing is phenomenal and the album has such an awesome feel to it. Love it.
Love this album - brings back good memories.
Welk een toeval. Dit weekend draaide ik dit album en zei tegen Arjan: hoe kan het dat we deze nog niet zijn tegengekomen in de 1001 albums? En, als ie voorbijkomt, krijgt ie vijf sterren. En daar was ie ineens! Wat een strakke plaat is dit toch.
Geweldig. U2 die zichzelf opnieuw uitvond en met deze plaat kwam. Staat geen slecht nummer op. Alles klopt.
One, So Cruel, Who's gonna ride
amazing album with a ton of great standalone tracks and defined the tone of the early 90s singlehandedly. Absolutely one of the best albums of all time. 5/5
Timeless classic - perhaps not as good as The Yoshua Tree or The Unforgettable Fire -but probably shared number 3 with Boy and War in the top 5 of Best U2 albums.
I enjoyed listening to this one. Same feelings as when I listened to Joshua Tree. Maybe I like U2 after all.
I loved this album when it came out and I still love it. It was the next chapter for U2 after The Joshua Tree. Great songs.
I like a lot of it, I like a lot of the instrumentals, there’s some really sick guitar parts from The Edge, but Idk I just feel like it’s missing something. The vocals are good but I feel like some of the passion from their earlier stuff isn’t always there
It goes from great to annoying and back again.
My #3 favorite U2 album
my favorite U2 album, after this one all went downhill
I have an aversion to HUGE stadium rock groups that take themselves too seriously and songs that are overplayed so I have to check my bias when rating this album and pretend that I'm listening to it for the first time instead of the kazillionth. So on that basis I must acknowledge that there a quite a few good songs on this album. The Edge's guitar on Zoo Station and Until the end of the world are notable and I grudgingly acknowledge that One is a pretty good song.
a little long but still good
Quite good, some songs I knew already
Es un buen disco de la banda con unos cuantos hits. Han envejecido mal, pero la banda tiene muy buenos discos
After the WAR LP I lost interest in U2 so was one of the few who had no time for Joshua Tree. I thought they had started to simply repeat previous formulas. Actung Baby is a welcome step away from their past. And the hits are quite good. eg the rhythm guitar on One is mind blowing.
I've had an odd interested-not interested connection with U2 since I first heard them in the early 80s. I'm back to appreciating them again, especially the Edge's innovative guitar work that does not get the respect he deserves. He's an incredible musician who knows how to pull in one's ears. This is a solid album.
I liked this album. U2 is a great group.
What more can be said about U2. Its a good album.
Mostly enjoyable to be honest. Standout tracks being one and ultraviolet
really good album. already heard. 4.5 because it isn't new but definitely worth revisiting every once in a while
Good solid album with some standout hits
Just a shame Bono is the way he is
I know U2 get meme'd a little bit, but this album is unironically great. Cohesive sound and great writing. I also love the cover. I can see how this is a highlight for them.
easily a 4. Actually gets better after one. and the middle section is underrated genius. Big part of growing up too.
Didnt think I'd like as much ...after not listening for a while. Some top tracks ...obviously 'one's.. light my way..zoo station..the fly ...mysterious..wild horses ..and more
The best U2 album by some distance. It contains elements of all the band's eras from their guitar effects-driven sound of the 80s, through to arty electronic and industrial influence of 90s, and 00s anthemic stadium rock. The main focus, however, is their emerging 90s style (Actung Baby to Pop), which is my favourite U2 era. A fair few stone cold classics on here: One, Even Better, End of the World, Wild Horses, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, Ultra Violet. 4/5.
Surprised me how much I liked this. Brilliantly produced, with some classics
This is brilliant. It loses a star for being made by U2.
I can't stand U2 normally. Stadium rock posturing. However... this album definitely has something about it that I kind of like. Best Tracks: Zoo Station; Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses; The Fly
great album great songs, overal amazing u2 sound
There’s a lot to this album and I definitely need to listen to it again. Some of the lyrics are a bit on the nose, but the music itself is very interesting. It is darker and more filled out than U2’s previous work.
. It has become fashionable lately to bash Bono and U2. Based on their music, this is entirely unjustified. Their back catalogue consists of beautiful, classic songs - Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For are songs which join the canon of 20th century standards, alongside the best works of Cole Porter, Smokey Robinson and Lennon & McCartney - and Achtung Baby continues to showcase Bono and The Edge’s skill in creating brilliantly written pop rock. Who’s Going To Ride Your Wild Horses, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Mysterious Ways are full of catchy hooks, big sounds and swelling, emotional moments. The stand out track - to rank alongside their very best - is One, a moving track about the end? the start? of a love affair, told simply - not a moment is wasted, no instrumentation too much - pitch perfect. Perhaps the album as a whole doesn’t hold up as a complete, satisfying listening experience but the quality remains high and if you have been bashing Bono give this a fresh listen and a fair hearing.
I don't like Bono. Anyway, having said that, this is a pretty good album. As much as I hate to admit it, this is one of U2's better offerings. I thoroughly enjoy most of the songs but this is not at 5-star status.
A pretty good album. 2 RS
It’s easy to forget how good U2 actually were at one point
Bello mi è piaciuto fes
Toda una revolución de un gran grupo. Guitarras con mucha melodía y una gran voz. Algunas canciones, realmente buenas.
Liked this more than I expected. A bit rougher than I thought from only knowing One - still not at the over-polished soulless place they'd reached by the end of the 90s. Fav new track: Mysterious Ways
first time listening to a u2 album front to back. probably wouldn't have done it unprompted. no rough edges here. clean as hell. i love the incorporation of electronic music. powerful and funky. i learned to appreciate u2 today.
You know, it'll be really good to give The Joshua Tree this treatment. Oh, Zooropa is better. Don't care what anyone says. But this is good
Great tracks on this album
Is it OK to like the music of U2 if you don't like U2? I hate that this is so slick and well produced and genuinely good...
Pretty good. I had gone off U2 but this album reminded me of why I liked them before.
A U2 album I don't actually hate. While I didn't mind a few singles this was never a band I got I to as a teenager, they were just never as interesting as they wanted to be. Maybe that was part of their appeal and what hated then and still to this day. This album grew on me. It took hearing One as a single to finally hook me. I had avoided it at first, not by choice but it being late `91 as music lover I was spoilt for choice. Achtung Baby and it's follow up Zooropa we're a welcome relief after Rattle and Hum and Joshua Tree. This was Bono and the gang at their most adventurous and most fun. All the posturing of the previous albums was replaced with... Well more posturing, but of a different kind Give me MacPhisto any day over a low-rent Southern Preacher wannabe. And the music is good. It is a really nice distillation of alternative music at the time. I can hear Young Goods, Pixies, MBV and many others buried in the sound of this album. While Achtung Baby never converted me to a fan it is still 30 years on an enjoyable listen
-Totally cool bassline and jam in "Until The End Of The World" -"Zoo Station," "Even Better Than The Real Thing," "Until The End Of The World," and "The Fly" are nice heavier, hard-rock, kinda-Muse-esque songs -"Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" is the first song that was a bit boring. Just a little slow and not as intense as the others
Production sounds great, songs sound like they were written for arenas but not strong enough to warrant 5 stars.
u 2 again
First listen: This is good, I just have no strong feelings about U2 either way. Second listen, high: Is this the best album ever? Y/Y? 3.5
Remember when itunes gave us all that free U2 album no one wanted... Too bad it wasn't this one
Before they became completely irrelevant U2 did this. And we all saw that it was good. And on the 7th Day Bono rested and decided to become a cunt. 4/5
I really liked U2 in their early days, in fact I bought and played The Unforgettable Fire nonstop for weeks, and I still love that album. For some reason, I lost interest in them after that. I think that if a band became really popular it used to turn me off, like they were sellouts. Kind of a dumb attitude I admit, but I was young! Anyway, I've obviously heard a lot of this album before just given the popularity of several of the songs, but listening to it with fresh ears and an open mind, this is an outstanding album. 4 stars.
pretty good, honestly better than I thought it was gonna be at least - 8/10
Es U2. No me ha gustado tanto como otros, pero es U2
Drummer Larry Mullen Jr agreed with lead vocalist Bono that U2 was musically unprepared for the enormous success of 1987’s The Joshua Tree. ‘We were the biggest, but weren’t the best.’ So, they took the course suggested by the French author and Nobel Prize winner Andre Gide that ‘One cannot discover new oceans unless one has the courage to lose sight of the shore’ and bravely set sail on this creative, entertaining, and enlightening LP, 'Achtung Baby.' The listener is immediately confronted on the opening track with a more industrial sound than the U2 of past LPs, including heavy effects on Bono’s vocals. ‘I’m ready for what’s next,’ announces Bono, forcing us to decide whether we are too. It’s hard to imagine the courage it took for them to do this, rather than live out the rest of their career rehashing the old hits and repeating the same formula that brought them past success. Allow me a little license here, but this seems to be their version of The Beatles’ 'Rubber Soul' and 'Revolver'- still The Beatles we know and love, yet not exactly; growing like a child in the midst of puberty to emerge into something new. Larry Mullen Jr, and bassist Adam Clayton don’t appear to have changed all that much on this LP, but they were never really the primary creative drive of U2 anyway, no disrespect intended. To further the comparison of The Beatles, like Ringo, they are fine players, and provide the necessary stability for Bono and the Edge and all this new, carefully managed industrial sound to roam high and low, far and wide. And both, lead guitarist and vocalist, surely do stretch their legs on 'Achtung Baby.' I think this might be the Edge’s finest guitar work, at least as good as his playing on 'The Joshua Tree.' His guitar solos on ‘Until the End of the World,’ and ‘Love Is Blindness’ are just perfect. He gets a little edgier on ‘Acrobat,’ with its creative interplay against the drum’s cadence. And, the gorgeous mellowness he achieves on ‘One,’ is like melted chocolate cascading down one of those desert fountains. Bono’s vocals, of course, are heartfelt, filled with authenticity and integrity. There’s no doubt he lives, or at least sincerely tries to practice what he preaches. Of course he’s human (what else could he be, a fly?), subject to err as we all are, but he’s certainly no hypocrite. He’s one of Jesus’ forgiven sinners partying in paradise with the rest of the happy thieves, rather than remaining outside in righteous indignation. And sweet Lord above, Bono can compose not only a great tune but also lyrics that draw near to the 20th century’s greatest lyricist, Bob Dylan. ‘And I’d join the movement if there was one I could believe in. Yeah, I’d break bread and wine if there were a church I could receive in; ‘cause I need it now (‘Acrobat’).’ Or- and I promise to stop, because nearly every song contains quotable lines and I’ll end up occupying way more space on this review than I already am- ‘You say love is a temple, love a higher law… You ask me to enter but then you make me crawl. And I can’t be holdin’ on to what you got when all you got is hurt (‘One’).’ One final thought: it’s easy to perceive many of these songs as Bono working through a personal relationship that once worked, but does no longer, and now its time for something to change. (As the mystery writer Rita Mae Brown famously suggested in her 1983 book, 'Sudden Death,' ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.’) But might 'Achtung Baby' also be heard as U2 working through its relationship with each other as a band, as well as the one they share with their adoring fans who at times worship them as deities? Again, a very Dylan-esque (and Neil Young-ish, too) move- brave, risky, and ultimately liberating. And there are consequences to this kind of growth, some costly. But the gift they offer to us is priceless. I didn’t care much for this LP when it was released, but I was wrong, and short sighted. Blind, but now I see. (4/5, only because tracks nine and ten were not quite on par with the rest of the LP. If we were allowed decimals, and my math is correct, I’d call it a 4.8)
8/10 Best Song - One
Honestly enjoyed it more than I expected. Might be because I was listening to it in the car. 7/10
7/10. Pretty good.
Such a great album. Different beast to Joshua Tree, but brilliant in its own creative way.
Pretty cool! A very interesting art rock album.
Great rock album. "One" is a classic that I still enjoy. "The Fly" has a really cool harder vibe with some fiery attitude on the guitar and "Mysterious Ways" carries the vibe further. Production is rock solid.
Good but not their best.
I wonder how many pairs of the Fly sunglasses Bono had. Dude wore them non-stop rain or shine for a couple years, it seems. And I think that was my real first exposure to Bono and U2. I may have heard some "Joshua Tree" on the radio, but I was too young to appreciate it. The Fly Bono was U2 to me for a while. Looking back now, I can see why they wanted to reinvent themselves, and respect artists who work hard to not just pump out the same record over and over. But "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree," as Bono called "The Fly," is kind of sad. Listening back to "Achtung Baby" now though, it seems less of a departure than it probably felt like in 1991. I listen to it now knowing the full scope of U2's career, and the progression of alternative rock and stadium rock in the three decades since. And it's pretty decent. It's not my favorite U2, but it's also not my least favorite - I like most of it (especially "Mysterious Ways"). Despite not liking Bono as The Fly. Or liking any other incarnation of Bono really. Quite unusual how their music somehow transcends their gregarious and oxygen-sucking lead singer for the most part in my mind.
ACHTUNG BABY! Alles Lookenspeepers Das Albummaschine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben, its feur gute listenphonen. Bono croonerferken, das easy lovenmaking mit offensbergers. Nine! Carefulen, das accidenten schnappen der springewerk, blowenfusen, und poppencorcken mit spitzensparken. Ist night fuer gewerken by das dummkopfen. Das rubbernecken sightseeren keepen hands in das pockets--relaxen und hearingphonen whilen watch das blinkenlights. Vergessen Sie nicht, Schutz zu verwenden.
Oh man, I wore this CD out. I think this was just past their peak of popularity and I am not sure they ever thought of anything interesting to do after this.
The upbeat songs with the industrial feel and loud guitar stand out. Despite wanting to not sound like 80s U2 other songs definitely do sound like U2, which isn't so bad for songs like One or Acrobat (a particularly strong song towards the end). Zoo Station, Even Better..., The Fly, Mysterious Ways are fun, but they're fairly throwaway as intended by Bono and The Edge. It's a thoroughly important LP for U2's transition into the 90s supergroup, but fortunately also an enjoyable album even if it contrasts with the American influenced Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree and Rattle & Hum.
I really liked this album. The only thing is that is dragged on a bit too long for me, especially with the final few tracks. Favourite track is Mysterious Ways.
This is the most U2 I've heard at a time, and I quite enjoyed the meal. The quieter ballads were totally average, but the rest of the tracklist had me eager to return. From a distinctly Berlin sound, the blueprint for the indie rock which defined my earliest music taste. I hear this album's echo in Gang of Youths now, with no reduction in my esteem of either.
I sort of lost touch with U2 after the Joshua Tree, but this is an album that bears repeated listening. I should give it more time.
Molto belle le prime due, ma One è su un altro livello.
Hard to review U2 in 2022 without removing 6*s for Bono. I remember how big this was back in the day. Still mostly holds up.
Some of this is truly great (One) others less good but overall very good
I imagined myself a 20-year-old in 1991 (when in fact I was a newborn baby!) and I could see how this album was rocking.
Pas mal !
Is it getting better or do you feel the same
An incredible follow-up to one of the seminal albums of the 1980's. Completely different, but without a doubt, quintessential U2.
Actually really good album, favs: Zoo Station, One, The Fly, Acrobat, Love is Blindness
I like "One", and I like Edge's guitar
By far my favourite U2 album of all time. I know folks argue the band's deviation from the sound that identified them to that point was some form of heresy, but I actually liked it a lot (and lamented them going back to their "normal" sound 3 albums later). People tend to forget this album is a bit of a moment in history, at least as far as the European Union is concerned. These influences are all over the place, in the album's name, cover, or a song that was used for the soundtrack of a Wim Wenders film. I consider Achtung Baby a very accurate snapshot of what Europe felt like at the time. The songs themselves are either a hit or a miss. I always liked The Fly a lot, and One received tons of accolades. But other songs (e.g., Even Better Than the Real Thing) sound and feel like fillers. Regardless, I spent many a fond hour with this album over the years, and I fully expect many more to come.
Not a big U2 fan. this is a very good Rock album though
I'll always appreciate U2 because regardless of how divisive the opinions on them are, you can't deny that they have a unique sound to them, and it is fully on display in this album. Overall, I really enjoyed it a lot. Favorite tracks: Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
4/5 U2 ist halt einfach strong
Rock alternativo, pop. Varios megahits. Pero no me llama tanto como para vinilo. Un 4.
Cool, toen U2 nog echt te gek was!
Prefs: Zoo Station, Even Better Than the Real Thing, One, Until the End of the World, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, So Cruel, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), Acrobat Moins pref: Love Is Blindness
Great album, good riffs, lyrics and singing by Bono
Got some great blood pumping songs as well as mellow ones.
Rock alternativo, pop. Varios megahits. Pero no me llama tanto como para vinilo. Un 4.
Not a big U2 fan, but this is a great album
No estoy seguro
Mouse again, slow at work, dragged out of the house, but decent? Kinda tired/overwhelmed
4/5. As much as I respect this album, it’s not something I would listen to on repeat. Great songs, but the general vibe is not for me.
Quite pleasant rock album - easier to listen to than some of U2's other offerings
Starting to think U2 is ass cause this and the last album I got have been some mid... Who is the fan base?? Standout Tracks: Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Acrobat
So, while listening to this album, I was interested in reading WHY U2 were so hated other than the (imo) overdramatic reaction to their album showing up in everyone's iTunes and Bono being Bono. What I learned: they started as a post-punk band, and this album seems to be around the turning point from when U2 went from darlings to hated. this album didn't seem all that great to me, but it has made me more interested in going back and listening to War/Joshua Tree. Honestly, it was fine, but I probably won't go back and listen to it. I think at this point, the mythos around U2 is larger than even the band itself (which is saying something). Some people also argued that U2 helped invent this 'generic rock' sound, which, much like Citizen Kane, makes going back and listening to (or watching) it less impressive. Lots to think about here. I also was kind of over the album about halfway through.
Lost my Achtung Baby review, but the album is just okay
as expected, really meh
bof u2... listenable, but really nothing more.
I am not a U2 fan boy. I will admit that some of there songs are catchy. I have always liked mysterious ways. That being said some of these songs blend together with the "U2 sound".
Fav Song: Salome
Nunca había escuchado este disco completo, y aunque sí me gusto escucharlo completo, creo que no me perdí de demasiado. Las canciones que me gustan del disco (y de hecho me gustan mucho) son One y Misterious Ways. Me sorprendió leer que este fue su séptimodisco, no hubiera imaginado que para ese momento tuvieran tantos. Además del cambio en la dirección de su carrera musical, creo que el disco también refleja un cambio de década. La calidad y el tipo de música son claramente diferentes de lo que había en los 80's.
Not the best U2 album, but has one of my fave songs on it, "One". Lots of cool guitar effects from The Edge, and some good energy to the rest of the songs. Highlights: -One -Mysterious Ways
I liked this one better than I thought I would given what U2 I've heard previously, but I'm not coming back to it to listen to again and again. It's well polished and it sounds good, but there was nothing here that really hooked me.
Always thought there were a few good tunes on this but less so than i remember
I stopped following these guys in ’80 when they moved to more of a soft rock style with songs like “I still haven't found what I'm looking for”. Many of the tracks on Achtung have promising opening guitar riffs and I like the Edge’s playing throughout but songs like “One” and “Mysterious Ways” sound formula to me.
Nothing stand out super strongly, it would be okay if it came on shuffle some how for most tracks as a change of pace but wouldnt seek it out nor would want it coming up too often
One of the best bands of all time. Bono is a top geezer and The Edge wears a lovely little hat.
Um álbum que me surpreendeu pela positiva, tinha uma ideia muito negativa sobre os U2 mas este álbum mostrou que a minha ideia preconcebida não estava totalmente correta. Nota :6/10
bon c'est u2 quoi, ça dépasse pas mes attentes ça reste cool mais sans plus la voix de bono saôule un peu au bout d'un moment 7/10 ? Fav : one forcément. Oh et Acrobat, une bonne surprise on sent bien l'influence sur arcade fire par exemple (ex: so cruel)
Better than I remember. Still prefer their early stuff more, but this is pretty good.
Some good songs but hard to listen to the rest.
Too long of an album (26 songs - 2hrs) Not quite my cup of tea music-wise Some good classics though (mysterious ways and even better than the real thing for example)
3/5 - Some standouts, but it felt... too uniform?
I didn't really listen to it in depth. It was alright.
good vocals, sometimes good instrumentals. idk didnt listen to the lyrics
Superó mis expectativas.
of course I am going to love U2 but it is not their best work/album it was a little rusty at times and not their best work but I do love U2
Not bad but a bit same-ish
Kind of a weird experience listening to this. I haven't listened to this album in a long time and I was expecting it to be really good. Instead even the songs I like weren't as good as I remembered them.
U2 has lately become a band I respect more than like. It started with this album. I liked the earlier stuff better.
I appreciated how different this album was from the rest of U2’s discography. It was much more alternative and heavy that their other more pop-sounding music. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t bad either. Fav songs: mysterious ways, even better than the real thing
Some good tracks, and I understand U2's following and why people like it, but I just can't stand the lyrics. The music is amazing and the tones used are some of the best in the industry, but the lyrics are so off-putting and pretentious. I'm not U2 hater, I like their hits decently enough, but it's not for me. 2.5/5, round up to 3/5 for the music.
Just cannot dig U2. Gave up after three tracks. I know people love them, but I just…don’t.
Very middle of the road rock
Right on the fence here