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All That You Can't Leave Behind

U2

2000

All That You Can't Leave Behind

Album Summary

All That You Can't Leave Behind is the tenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and was released on 30 October 2000 through Island Records and Interscope Records. Following the band's experimentation with alternative rock and dance music in the 1990s and the mixed reception to their 1997 album, Pop, U2 returned to a sound more akin to their earlier records for All That You Can't Leave Behind. The group reunited with Eno and Lanois, who had produced three prior U2 albums together. The record was originally named "U2000", which had been a working title for their PopMart Tour. The album received positive reviews from most critics, reached number one in 32 countries, and sold over 12 million copies. The songs "Beautiful Day", "Walk On", "Elevation", and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" were all successful singles. The record and its songs won seven Grammy Awards; it is the only album in history to have multiple tracks win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year: "Beautiful Day" in 2001 and "Walk On" in 2002. In 2003, the album was ranked 139th on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", but it was re-ranked at number 280 in 2012. The supporting Elevation Tour, on which the band returned to playing arenas with a more intimate stage design, was also a critical and commercial success. All That You Can't Leave Behind was reissued in 2020 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its original release.

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Rating

2.95

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4686

Genres

  • Rock
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Tue Apr 27 2021
1

This ain't it. Outside of U2's singles, I don't think I like them very much. This album is as exciting as a communion wafer.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
1

The soulless corpse of a once-great band, forced to dance for our money in a sad attempt at entertainment. Listening to this record while the sun rose felt like a disservice to dawn itself.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Tired. Flaccid. A ghost of their former selves. Imagine combining “Joshua Tree” and “Achtung Baby” and watering down the product.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

A frankly silly production team. Sometimes Eno, Lillywhite and Lanois are on the same damn song. Does it add much? A few instrumental curios to the quiter ones, like the backwards strings on Kite or the underwater guitar on Grace, maybe. But I'm not sure U2 needed anything adding. Perhaps all the hot shot producers did was tell them to strip back, go simple, go pop. Not what you'd expect from "we're gonna need a bigger stadium" show-offs, but it worked. When Bono sings like an asshole (which isn't actually that often) you get the feeling it's because he cares about the material rather than the ticket sales. The best songs are still the anthems, the best anthem is still Elevation, and the best line on Elevation is still: "A mole, digging in a hole / Digging up my soul, now / Going down, excavation". Utter gibberish.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
1

That sweet, sweet voice. Those beautiful looping foot pedals. The sunglasses, the hat, the edge. What's not to completely loathe? A fucking disgusting waste of time and money. A horrorshow, a prison cell, a bargain bin of aborted babies.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

Lanois and Eno are favs of mine but they're totally wasted on this feeble effort from U2. This album reeks of a tired old band simply phoning it in to fulfill their contract obligations to the record company. Its funny how this band really brings out the hate in people.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Good album. I guess it hasn't been cool to like U2 for a long time now, but I've never been cool so....

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

the irish bruce springsteen

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

I have mixed feelings of All That You Can't Leave Behind as a U2 fan. On one hand, it's a great album with fantastic singles and some pleasant album cuts, plus a more crystal quality production than say Zooropa or Pop. On the other though, it ends in a snoozefest (New York and Grace) and the album's colossal success led the way to U2 playing it safe with their future output which would become increasingly mediocre and dull. Beautiful Day and Elevation are some of U2's best ever songs, Stuck In A Moment and Walk On are decent but powerfully uplifting when depressed, and the rest are mainly pleasent. It could've been improved with the bonus track The Ground Beneath Her Feet replacing Grace. These mixed feeling have made me considered if this album truly deserves a place in this list. It is the worst of the other 3 U2 albums on this list and not including it could've made room for another act that's strangely absent (Chuck Berry, Robert Johnson, any classical composer, even another album nor from the UK or USA would be fantastic). Though if reflecting on importance, this was incredibly popular around 2000 and had a impact on many in a post-9/11 world. To put it short, it's a great but frustrating album.

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Wed Oct 07 2020
3

U2 does U2 things

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Lyrics aren't great, but the song writing is bloody good! A lot of good tracks even though there are a few that are very cringy listens

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Front loaded with solid hits, but pretty weak otherwise, particularly in the middle section.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

First two songs are bangers. Rest is wank

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

Just a bit dull. Even the ones I remembered, I remembered why I didn't like them at the time. Hopefully will never listen to this album again.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

I liked the first song and after that one I felt like Bryan Adams was in the building

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Thu Dec 23 2021
1

Just fuck off. Nauseating. Worse than Benjamin Mendy.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
1

I'd rather stay imprisoned in SHACK'S bedroom than go out into a world where this exists.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
1

If, as JG said, Joshua Tree marked the beginning of the end, this must be the end of end.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
1

U2 continues their trend of writing great music to listen to at the dentist office while getting your teeth drilled. As inoffensive as it is pretentious! As annoying as it is forgettable!

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

wow

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Un clàssic, molt escoltat en adolencència

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

A modern classic. 5*

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Classic

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Great collection of songs!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

A true jewel

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

I know there's a lot of U2 hate out there in the world, but I don't hate these guys. They've made some killer songs that I've loved listening to in my life. This album was massive. Those first four songs are all great. Beautiful Day was the moment for a short while in the year 2000, you can't pretend it wasn't. And today was a day that I actually really needed to hear Stuck In A Moment. Didn't realize until it started in how much I missed that song and how helpful it is. If Joshua Tree is the high watermark of their career, then this album is a stellar second coming. I like it all the way through, honestly.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

A record I've listened to before. Really quite spectacular. Almost at the Joshua Tree level.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

U2 gets a lot of deserved shit for their high-profile misses, but I'm kind of done apologizing for loving them. This album is a banger and it's like their third or fourth best one. Best track: Beautiful Day

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Not a 5, but not a 4 either. Idk, U2 is good but never stands out to me.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

I'm really starting to like U2 and it's a real surprise to me.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Probably #4 favorite U2 album

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

nice!

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Delightful turn-of-the-millennium pop-rock.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Good album that.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Ticks a lot of boxes.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Das erste Mal in meinem Leben, dass ich bewusst U2 gehört hab. Fand ich gut.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Chill

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Decent

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Sun May 09 2021
4

the vibes of this are emaculate 8.5/10

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Of course it was good! 9/10 I just have no complaints such a good vibe

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

I already know two U2 albums (and possibly 3?) are going to get 5's from this reviewer. And I already know this is not one of them. Impossibly overrated. But there's still plenty of good (if not great) moments here. It's just not one of my go-to albums, not from U2. But those are to come...

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

U2 always reminds me of father. Really appealing songs

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I remember when this album came out. I grew up on early U2 and was not happy with the direction they went in after Achtung Baby. When ATYCLB came out, it felt like a surprise return to a familiar U2 that I liked. I still prefer the earlier U2 and understand the need to experiment, but this album is one of their better ones.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Classic album, not their best but still got a lot of great songs.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

U2’s return to form was an explosive one. It’s got some amazing singles that can and will stand up to any single released from their earlier albums.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

geen U2 fan, maar best 'Beautiful Day' en 'Elevation' zijn best oké nummers

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Ι mean, U2 is U2

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

8/10

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Compared to the last album of U2, this one is fairly decent. Hunt a hotly available spot on the list, some very catchy melodies mixed with its fairly lame lyrics. Begrudging 4 stars

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Pop-rock de U2. Demasiadas canciones lentas, para mi gusto. Un megahit.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

I was a big U2 fan in their early days. The Unforgettable Fire is still one of my favorite albums. But when they became mega-stars I sort of lost interest in them. That happens a lot with me - I feel like artists have "sold out" when they become really popular. Sometimes I think that's fair - the artists compromise their vision just to sell more records - but in the case of U2 I might have written them off too early. I think this album is really good. The Eno/Lanois production gives the songs a really nice vibe. 4 stars.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

not cool to say so but I quite like U2

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Sounds pretty much like it could have been made at any time in the last 40 or so years, other than the production being a bit tighter than in their very early days. Stuck in a moment and walk on were two very good songs that I had (just about) forgotten existed, beautiful day and elevation are basically classic rock staples at this point, and in a little while might be my favourite of the whole record.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

got a bit of edge to it

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

While behind expectations and less rock than expected, it's still an album full of enjoyable and catchy songs

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Una inesperada sorpresa que després de dos discos com 'Zooropa' i 'Pop', fins i tot 'Achtung Baby' que tot i la seva magnificiència quedava molt lluny del que havien fet fins aleshores, U2 tornés a la seva manera personal d'entendre el rock com a manera d'encetar el nou mil.leni. I ho van fer donant-nos un dels seus millors discos. Singles incontestables com 'Beautiful Day' o 'Walk On', temes tan poderosos com 'Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of' o 'Elevation'. I tota una resta del disc per anar assaborint i disfrutant en noves escoltes al llarg dels anys

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Great album. One of their best. 4

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

I know Bono is super pretentious and they aren't a cool band, but I think this is a great album. If that loses me points with the indie community, so be it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Not as great as I remembered it being, but still so many good memories.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

I really like the slightly more subtle songs like Walk On and Kite. Wild Honey is great and clearly there are the other key hits that carry this album. Really impressive and they do a great job of carrying tempo and energy both up and down, and making songs that keep you engaged.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

While it didn't have the the raw and edgy (no pun intended) energy of U2 from the 80s, it was/is still a very powerful album.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

All That You Can’t Leave Behind by U2 (2000) Here’s an album with excellent musical compositions overlaid with well harnessed synth colorings and nicely crafted grooves that are sustained throughout each track. Thank God for producer Brian Eno for holding the pieces together. This is redemptive rock, with forward looking, optimistic themes, celebrating the good, the true, and the beautiful with a dogged determination, even if there is an occasional lack of synchronization between poetic and musical meter. With playful obscurity, lyrics are suited to lift the listener from the cares of a chaotic world, without being naïve or preachy. There’s hope and good feeling to be found in each track, if one is patient and open-hearted. Parenthetically, if “Peace on Earth” sounds hopeless and cynical on a first listen, remember that lyricist Bono has retained the herald of the Incarnation as an ideal that, while not attained, is nevertheless not unattainable. And please note that the song is immediately followed by the Christ-adoring “When I Look at the World”, where the suffering, frail, and sinful (yet humble) poet asks what the Incarnate One sees when He looks at the world, and we all remember that what He sees is the object of Divine Love. Quiz: Can you spot God’s phone number on the album cover? (Answer at the bottom of this review). Lead vocalist Bono’s voice is closely recorded, clean and lightly processed, with sonic honesty. On this recording, he doesn’t have the mighty vocal chops of his youth, and his falsetto ain’t what it used to be (compare Joshua Tree [1987]), but its authenticity remains strong. As usual, guitarist the Edge masters his electronic effects to elevate a second tier talent to a first tier sound. This is his consistent greatness. The penultimate track “Grace” personifies a theological datum in a slow, soulful setting. Methodist preachers might make some serious kerygmatic hay out of this song. “Grace makes beauty out of ugly things”, Bono sings. One could even say that grace builds upon nature, without getting all Scholastic over it. On the other hand, why not? And again, please note that the song “Grace” is immediately followed by the anthemic “The Ground Beneath Her Feet”. Connect these two themes and you might be excused for waxing transcendent. I needed this one today. 4/5 (Answer: J33-3=Jeremiah 33:3. Look it up. Bob Dylan had it on speed dial.)

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

U2 was already well-established by the time I really started discovering music. I knew them from various radio hits, but this was the first full album of theirs that really grabbed my attention. This is mid-late high school for me and I'm sure I'll always enjoy this one, at least the first half.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

My tried and trusted 'no singles listen' for albums I'm very familiar with is dead easy as they put the singles on tracks 1-4. The 1001 randomizer threw up Achtung Baby yesterday, and just as this album's singles are not as strong as Achtung Baby.. so the album tracks aren't either. Probably their last really strong all-the-way through effort, with 4 great singles, so four stars.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Classic 4.5/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Ovaj se dosta vrtio kad sam bila mala jer je moj otac big fan. Ne znam jel vise nostalgija ili je stvarno dobar album

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

I don't have too much to say about this one, except that this was a really solid album by U2, their last really good one. I know some people aren't fond of the back to basics approach here, but I think it's a wonderfully thoughtful and down to earth collection of songs. There's a beauty in its simplicity. Fave Songs: Beautiful Day, Elevation, Wild Honey, Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Grace

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

This was the first U2 album I heard, consciously anyway, and my first concert was seeing them on this tour, so I’ll always a special fondness for it. However, it’s a fairly uneven album. It’s got some really good or even great songs (Kite is the best on the album) but it feels like they played it too safe, which is a mode they really haven’t gotten out of since this album. Solid album, but not as good as their best.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

7/10 first U2 album I was introduced to and full of good songs

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

first four songs are some of my favourite U2 songs!

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Idk man I just like U2. Favorite track: Elevation

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Good album with a couple amazing songs. Beautiful Day and Walk On

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

A really good album by a band that I am not a fan of.

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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

When I was in college, I would've been the first person to crap on this album. Having seen them in concert a few times, though, I've grown to appreciate U2. Some great songs here... first half of the album stronger than the second half. Amazing that this bad had a huge album in the 80s, a huge album in the 90s, a huge album in the 00s and probably the biggest tour of the 10s.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
3

Nice album, not my favorite genre of rock (soft and sad-ish I guess). Standout Tracks: Beautiful Day, Wild Honey, New York

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Thu May 27 2021
3

u2 né eu sei tu tb

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

I sort of have a prejudice against U2, but I think a lot of that is cultural and Bono. Beautiful Day is a fine pop song though. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of... ok this is too much, it basically is like someone took a Christian worship song and removed all mentions of God in it, same with Walk On, Peace On Earth, Grace, oh god... The tolerable part of the album is probably The Edge's ambient-guitar-stuff but it doesn't save it. It's obviously a well put-together album but, lots of these songs are just painful. Oh man, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois produced this? My how the mighty have fallen. I understand why people like U2 though, but this sort of U2 is on a mission to do something I am not interested in when listening to music. 2.5 up to 3 since it's competent.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

I generally like U2. Especially when they are working with Eno. The songs on this album are pretty hit or miss with me though. The tracks I think work best are Beautiful Day and In a Little while.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

All the edges feel worn away from U2 by the time this came out (pun not intended). Similar with later Coldplay, the initial originality has faded, leaving generic stadium pop rock. Some excellent tunes, of course, just... the overall package feels a little hollow.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Better than I thought, also didn't ever notice the Bowie lyrics

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

6

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

It started out well but felt a little contrived by the end. I still enjoyed it though

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

The lads know how to write a banger tbf

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

I really enjoyed it's a beautiful day. I wish I was dancing to it at a wedding though, a bit pissed screaming it in the faces of people I love.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Bono! He’s not great he’s just popular! Syphilis is popular

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Classic U2!

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Great start, Peters off but still a good album

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

“Stuck in a moment you can’t get out of” sounds familiar. I don’t know if I’ve heard this song before or if it’s similar to something else. It’s better than expected though. “Beautiful” is just corny at this point. “In a little while”, while not *funk*... definitely funkier than what I’d expect from u2. I’m def not calling this a 5 star and probably not a 4 either but this album is surprising me. I thought it’d be a lot more... Bono being Bono. “New York” is cheesy. And it’s pre 911 which makes it even cheesier. Honestly, I’m a bit confused at how bad some of these songs are. I knew u2 wasn’t my flavor but some of this just feels like... unfinished. Like a demo take. I think a 3 is fine. But honestly I hate rating albums. I just like listening.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

3/5 way too mellow for my taste

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Spool 2000s u2.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

The last decent U2 album

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Irgendwie "schön", irgendwie manchmal etwas viel.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Bono wollte nur Singels auf das Album packen. Ist das gelungen? Mir gefällt das Album, es ist echt guter Pop-Rock - dafür, dass es im Formatradio teilweise totgedudelt würde, kann das Album ja nur in Teilen was. Auf der anderen Seite, will ich eingängige Rockmusik, hole ich dann dieses Album raus... Ich bin unschlüssig.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

pretty chill

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Some good singles on there but boring as a whole

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

A decently solid rock album. Nothing really stood out as incredible or awful. Fav song: Beautiful Day

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

2 hits but the rest is forgettable

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Beautiful day - start met een banger Elevation - spring hype Rustige rock, ik zou het moederrock noemen, they love it.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

3 De eerste 5 nummer waren mij bekend. Ik zie ergens wel waarom het iconisch is en ik snap ook waarom mensen fan zijn. Voor de rest vind ikhet een zeer veilig album niks gedurft en dat maar het wel wat 'pop-achtig'. Na he teinde begon eht album mij te vervelen, oepsie, minpunten! 'Stuck in a moment you can't get out of', vond ik het beste nummer.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Eerste nummer en we weten al hoe laat het is Elevation bop The ground below her 🎸👌🏼 2.7/5

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

good production, meh lyrics

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

U2 was one of my favorite bands in HS/College until about Achtung Baby or even Zooropa. But after that... Maybe I just expect more. Lots of respect to the band and some good songs here. But overall, pretty flat. Lyrics are even a bit lame and album seems a bit over-produced. Hard for me to even give it a 3.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

3.25

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Lots of stylistic variation. A mostly quiet, subdued album. Many of the songs fall flat for me. Perhaps Bono's most overwrought album lyrically. All in all nothing I loved, 1 song I disliked strongly. 3 🌟

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

There was a time for me when U2 could do no wrong. By the time this album came out, the former time had long since passed. I like this album OK, but it wasn't enough to get into regular rotation for me. It's a 3 star effort.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

Поначалу начал думать, что 1001 переведёт меня из разряда скептиков U2 в хейтеры. Но не в этот раз, альбом вроде бы неплох. Наиболее одиозными моментами их творчества для меня были Боно и блеклые мелодии. Тут оба этих фактора немного нивелируются. Из положительных моментов: Beautiful Day, Walk On, Kite, In A Little While, Wild Honey, Grace, The Ground Beneath Her Feet Из не очень: All That You Can't Leave Behind, Elevation, Peace On Earth, When I Look At The World, New York Чувствуется, что Elevation, вероятно, хит, там всякие «ву-ху» и потрясающие рифмы lips–hips–eclipse, крестьяне такое любят. Но я нет. Walk On вроде бы находит у меня отклик, но, как понял – это резонанс с треком Оззи Осборна «Tonight», который на порядок выразительнее. New York – просто пошлость. Вспоминаются времена, когда среди самок было модно шликать на этот город, носить футболки I♥NY. Впрочем, занимательно, что насколько New York – скучный невыразительный город, насколько показная любовь к нему – безвкусна, настолько проходной этот трек. В Grace словно чувствуется звук Radiohead. Но что ли недостаёт глубины, может – психических расстройств Тома Йорка, из-за чего трек звучит скорее не медитативно, а скучно. Впрочем, возможно, из-за праздного голоса Боно, который к медитации не располагает. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – мощно. Не, тупо кайфанул, очень сильный трек: мелодика, подбор инструментов, композиционная прогрессия. Будь весь альбом в подобном ключе написан – я бы задумался ознакомиться-таки с дискографией. А так задумываться об этом всё же не стану. Альбом получает 3,5 звезды с округлением в 3.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Never been much of a U2 fan. Like their hits and what not, but have never added them to a list I'm listening to or clicked on vid. I get their influence and that they are great song writers, it just doesn't speak to me.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Some nice pop/rock, great for that evening dinner with the parents. Parents usually love U2, I've gathered 3/5 2.5/5 because of the lip smack at 1:12 in Grace. Fuck man

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Objectively not too bad, but I just can't get over Bono. Probably "In a little while" my surprise song from this album

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Ganz ok. Gerade so 3 Sterne, da das Album zum Ende hin abflacht.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

It's U2, you know what you're going to get. It's competently made rock and roll.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Not the biggest U2 fan, but the album does contain the hits.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Так себе альбом, да и вообще u2 скучная группа

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

It’s fine, liked a few songs but it’s just not that good.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Like an album full of power ballads. Overall enjoyable. No real standout tracks for me.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Inte mitt favoritalbum med min kära fars favoritband. Däremot är Beautiful Day en jävla topplåt som aldrig gör mig besviken. Den bygger upp och är så otroligt mycket hype på något märkligt vis. Kanske för att den var med i en klassisk youtubevideo som var en av de första jag såg. Totalt sett ett habilt album, men endast en riktigt stark låt och resten känns som klart utfyllnad.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

I'm not much of a U2 fan but I can't deny it's quite good from a musical standpoint.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Glossy pop rock. At this point in their career it was purely for MTV and radio. I'd heard the first eight or nine tracks before without ever listening to this album. It's not bad. Just a lot of light radio singles. Elevation is very 2000.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
3

It's U2. Consistently good, but not exceptional

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

I haven't really been much of a fan of U2 since they broke through to the mainstream and became THE biggest deal worldwide. The band is fine, but I don't care much for Bono, much like Sting, who I feel they believe they are much bigger than their bands, though I know this is true. Despite what my opinion about Bono is, the album, All That You Can't Leave Behind is a surprisingly "back to basics" type of record. Though this album is over 20 years old, I've never listened to it from start to finish and I admit it's very listenable and solid throughout. I'll contribute that to a total band effort! Hope that doesn't hurt your ego too much Bono.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Ok OK. I kind of get it. But U2 still has such an emptiness to their sound that really puts them at a mediocre 3 here. Some songs I can definitely return to, and it has that millennial dread aesthetic that I like, so there you go Bono. Happy?

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

A hit parade but new U2 is not my taste

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

I feel like this is the album that changed most people's opinions on U2. It's such a drastic deviation from the sound they created in the 80s. The hits from this album seem a bit too manufactured to me. You could feel the emotion on albums before 1991. There just isn't any connection with this album and the listeners.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

7/10

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Seriously, out of all the U2 albums, this is what we get? A bland, unoriginal, and uninspiring attempt to recreate former glories that should have been left to rest? Where did the baldness and experimentation of Achtung Baby and Zooropa disappear to, in this failed attempt to rewind time with an inferior Joshua Tree?

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Beaitiful day was nice. Then it went downhill gradually.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Swag; pretty solid vibes

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Solid U2 album, but nowhere close to Joshua Tree

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

The lead single is the strongest track, but the album drops from there. Somehow the band sounds like it’s forcing itself into territory it doesn’t naturally fit in. The Edge, whose sound makes U2 so unique, is blocked out by electronic and ambient production that makes this album sound closer to average 90s electronic than anything of U2’s own authentic work from the 80s. I suppose this period of confusion is why they became a band to hate on. They stopped being authentic.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Starts off strong but overall a pretty average album.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

This album holds my least favorite U2 song of all time. U2 is ok, and this album is ok. This whole album is adult contemporary Top40 music that they can play in a dentists office... I find it quite amusing that the song play count falls like a rock after song 6. It's like the back half of the album doesn't even exist.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

I thought I was going to hate this album and kind of remember hating it when it came out but on another listen it was bumped up to mediocre for me.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Pretty good

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Wed May 11 2022
3

You'll hear the hits from this album in almost any country on the radio. U2 steps into stadium world tours and FIFA sponsorship with this album. The highs are constant pop hits. The lows are forgettable. Lyrically, it feels like Bono found God in a dew drop on a flower and is trying to explain it to an elementary school. That should mean failure. Instead, they are accessible to the world. Translatable. It shifts the core from American radio to something wider. Can't deny that means something.

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Sun May 22 2022
3

Oddly structured album - if this came out during the vinyl era, it would have an A side of massive commercial hits and a B side of slower songs with observations about life. Later U2 is too slick, calculated, radio-friendly and preachy for me.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

It feels like their sound is tied up in a chair and forced to perform at gunpoint. I don't know what's missing in their sound. I like the guitar and production bits in some places, but overall the atmosphere tries hard and fails to connect. They're apparently trying to portray nostalgia or something, yet it comes out as emotionless. I think they should be a bit more carefree and maybe leave behind their past. I enjoyed their hard rocking "Elevation" for example. I love how they used their signature echoey sound in the electric guitar driven chorus. Some mellow tracks are pretty good too, but again, they didn't connect with me. Overall, whatever is that thing that they can't leave behind. They should probably leave.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
3

Crowd pleasing arena rock. A return to a more classic U2, and purpose engineered to play in front of 30,000 people a night. Front loaded like crazy (the first four songs are the four singles), it starts to drag in the back half. It's a very U2-y album, but feels a bit shallow and superficial compared to Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby, which an inevitable side-effect of being designed to play big live.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Not terrible- wouldn’t put it up with their best or even second tier stuff but it’s a good pop rock record

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

A few catchy tunes but then a lot of just there

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Wild Honey is a 4 maybe a 5. Rest is mediocre.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

If rock had clipart, this would be it.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

As a huge U2 fan, and as someone who would go out of the way to defend them whenever possible, revisiting this album has caused a reckoning. I respect this album for propping U2 back into the good graces of the record buying public who were disillusioned with the dizzying yet complex experimentations of the mid-late 90s, but that facet of U2 is sorely missing here. After twenty years of constant searching for sonic diversity that took them from post-punk to Eurodance, U2 chose to settle and the results are mixed. There are moments throughout where the band approach their best but would soon become weighed down by mediocre musings that sound simplistic. Which was probably the point of the album but it would be more palatable if the material were executed better. A strange album for me, a U2 album that doesn't improve on where they left off and where they become complacent, which is what they've been ever since. Favorites: Beautiful Day, Kite, In a Little While, Peace on Earth, When I Look at the World, The Ground Beneath Her Feet.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Decent album. Couple good hits. I'm just not a big U2 guy.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

U2 has been pop background radiation since I was a teen. Don’t think I ever owned an album (other than the one iTunes foisted on me that one time), my sister maybe had the LP of Joshua Tree? I don’t remember this album, other than Beautiful Day; other than that and the final track, not much stood out for me. Vocals surprisingly weak on a lot of tracks.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of U2, but I think I actually prefer this album to Joshua Tree.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Well, it's definitely a U2 album. No question about that. But, despite that fact, I'm not sure why it's here. All we needed on the list was "Achtung Baby" and "The Joshua Tree". This album has two songs worthy of adding to the pantheon of great U2 songs ("Beautiful Day" and the unnecessarily long-titled "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of") and the rest is utterly forgettable at best and annoyingly preachy at worst. I didn't need this. Nobody did. Except for U2, I guess. Gotta fulfill those record contracts.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Patient 0 for U2's Mid Era

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Same old.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

I liked it better than Joshua Tree, but honestly kinda just a cheezy pop rock album.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

The first 6 songs on the album are stronger, with great help from “Beautiful day” as the opening track. By the time the album got to “Wild Honey” it all kind of bled together where the last four songs dragged on and sound indistinguishable from each other.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

I don't hate U2, and I don't hate this album -- listened to it a fair bit at the time -- but the only track that stands out now is Beautiful Day.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

Nothing special beside some hits

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

no, no, no this is just too corny, bland and unoriginal. I was 8 when this came out so can't really remember that it was so hyped. imagine my shock when reading about all the awards and critical appraisal. it annoys me that it seems like they try really hard to appeal to the listener. i would have given it a 2 but i still enjoy "beautiful day" and the production throughout the album, which is just crystal clear. i don't really wish to relisten to this but will probably force myself though to check if i missed anything. ps new york new york new york oh fuck off. i dont really understand how did it make it on the list? maybe to represent the bland 2000 rock era? if so, than it does its job very well 2.5/5 up to 3/5

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Deducted one star because there are several superior U2 albums

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I generally don't care for U2. I gave Achtung Baby a 1 and I stand by that. I wasn't expecting too much going into this. I was a little surprised to NOT hate this. There are actually a couple songs on here that were not bad at all. I forgot that,while it may be a bit hokey, Beautiful Day is actually a pretty solid pop/rock tune. All in all this really wasn't too bad. I don't really plan on revisiting it, as there was some dull stuff to be found here amongst the surprisingly not bad. Also, Elevation sucks ass and is VERY annoying. That's the stuff that fuels my anti-U2 sentiment. I'd give it a 2.75 (am I turning into Pitchfork?) So I'm going to round up and give it a 3. I'm shocked, but it deserves it.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Watered down mainstream music for the masses.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Slecht kan ik het niet noemen, maar ze hebben hier wel een enorme duikvlucht genomen. Gelikt en nietszeggend.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Nooit zo'n fan geweest van U2, maar was goed te doen.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Er was een tijd dat Bono nog iets te melden had en U2 nog enige relevantie had. Dit album is voor mij een beetje ‘op de weg terug’. Niet slecht, maar afgezien van de fantastische opener deed het er al niet meer toe.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

“I in the sky You make me feel like I can fly So high“ This from “The Greatest Band in the World”. I don’t really get the fuss - positive or negative - around U2, half decent songs and annoying personalities. All very average but over hyped and over publicised.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

I have a thing with U2 where sometimes I’m like “gah! U2! Ugh!” and other times where I’m bobbing my head and asking “do I like U2?”

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

surprisingly gewd!

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Moins pire que je pensais honnêtement

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Bloated and shiny. There are some interesting musical ideas here from the band, I just can't get past Bono and his weird lyricism on this. Never was a big U2 fan, so sue me. Favorite tracks: "Beautiful Day", "Walk On"

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Thu Nov 19 2020
2

Better than expected, but still a far cry from the first four albums.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Wet. Pure wet dad music tosh.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

sonically so y2k that it makes me puke, lyrically and melodically childish to the point of grating. i do not like to listen to this. fav track: stuck in a moment you can't get out of

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

The Edge works hard to prop up Bono's totally uninspired writing. In A Little While is nice and Elevate is a classic but Peace on Earth is a sickening piece of music, shut up Bono.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Yer da called, says he loves it. Naw for real this album is throwing mad shade at this whole thing. Can fuck with in a little while and one or two others but it’s all v pedestrian.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

This does have a few Dad Rock Killers™️ but it’s a bit of a snooze fest apart from that

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Meh too pop for my taste

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Very meh. 1 or 2 good songs at the start, all downhill from there.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Between 'Beautiful Day' and 'Elevation,' this quickly turns into a greatest hits of songs I hated as a teenager. I don't hate them anymore, but I don't like them either. Most of these songs make me cringe a little.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

Bit lame

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Sun Mar 21 2021
2

false

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

I did not care for this album. My memory of it is beige and I can barely remember anything about it a day later

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

nto as horrible as I remembered but it is a bit cringe and a big meh...

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

I'm reminded of that old man in Love Actually who is trying to get the #1 Christmas hit. I just don't think it's for me.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Was surprised to see this album on the list - I suppose some of the 1001 will end up fairly forgettable. This album marked the point where I definitively stepped off the U2 fan train, after enduring the underwhelming "Pop." To me, this album feels more like a vehicle to fuel the stadium-filling U2 tour machine, and less a labor of artistic expression. Most of the songs lean on earnestness and overblown anthematic choruses - the kind that can keep an arena of fans on its feet. Lyrically, this album contains more than a few dud moments (see "Elevation", atrocious word in "Kite"). In the rare occasions I need a U2 fix, I'm reaching for Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, or maybe even Zooropa, which certainly contain an excess of pop anthems but are balanced with more atmosphere, more experimentation, more fun risks that made U2 exciting to me in the first place.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

Nothing makes me cringe more. Sung like it's the most important music ever made, with nothing to back it up. Having said that I actually like track 2

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

U2's last Hurrah. Its alright and has some catchy songs but all the edge and heart is gone from music making it a bunch of average songs pandering to their fans. I got to the end of wild honey and looked at the names of tracks left and turned it off. Peace on Earth? no thanks Bono you insufferable prick, pay your fucking taxes. Music for people who hate music. 2/5

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

I don’t remember listening to this album much but I seem to know a lot of the songs. Some bangers tbf, but a lot of dross as well

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

I find Bono's voice quite grating Downhill after the first song

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Bono gonna Bono. The big singles has stood the test of time, but the rest of it was a massive slog. Very 1 paced and wanky lyrics. Living off the past by this point with nothing new to offer

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Was having a bit of a shitty day and U2 didn't help. 4/10

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

Not a fan of U2 and listening to this album didn’t change that.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

I like some early U2 but this was a struggle

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Fri May 21 2021
2

It's U2. You've heard the singles from this album. Just trad stadium rock. Meh. BT: Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Elevation

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Everything is well put together, it’s just not very interesting.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Ein ganzes Album Bono Geschnulze pack ich einfach nicht

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Sun May 23 2021
2

U2 has a couple really good albums. This is not one of them.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

I've never liked U2. I still don't like U2. I imagine this is what a Coldplay album sounds like

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Единственное, что я знал о группе U2 до нынешнего момента - что примерно каждый третий человек в мире считает Боно тщеславным самодовольным мудаком в тёмных очках. И честное слово, я не видел ни одного его интервью, ни одного живого выступления или клипа, я просто несколько раз послушал этот альбом - и уже полностью согласен с тем, что это наверное самая тщеславная, самодовольная и мудацкая музыка из всего, что я слышал (хотя в этом списке и есть немало претендентов на данное место по типу Тома Петти). Боже мой, я не представляю, какой хуёвый вкус надо иметь, чтобы слушать Beautiful Day, Wild Honey или Peace on Earth. Порой лирический гений Боно достигает поистине Макскоржевских уровней, только без присущей Коржу харизмы и образа. Вот например Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - это поразительно отвратительно антисуицидальный гимн, который посвящён вокалисту INXS, дружившему с Боно. И я абсолютно верю в эту дружбу, потому что следующая же песня - Elevation - звучит один в один как хуёвая песня INXS с кучей попросту необъяснимых поросячих визгов в начале и конце. И всё равно это лучше практически всего, что есть на альбоме, потому что в остальном это оверпафосный и оверунылый двухтысячный рок, который я попросту ненавижу. Опять же, может напомнить того же Роби Вильямса, только без запоминающихся припевов и рифов. Тут вообще нихуя нет, почему эта группа нытиков так известна-то? Вероятно потому что весь мир ненавидит музыку. 3/10 за элевейшн и закрывашку.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
2

I listened to this album just now. Didn't really do it for me. I've had an on-again/off-again relationship with U2 since the early-to-mid-80s. I listened to them a lot in high school, a bit into college, then drifted away from them. In the 90s, the same thing; had a few moments of listening to them, then faded out. Never really came back to them in earnest, so I guess it's been mostly "off-again." I don't dislike them, but I must admit I get bored quickly. And I know U2 fans will tar and feather me for this, but Bono's singing can sometimes annoy me. I saw them live (might have been '85) and remember loving The Edge as a guitar player. Still do. I honestly think he's a vastly underrated guitarist, probably because he doesn't really do long solos and doesn't shred, or whatever. I find him quite innovative and interesting.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

I've never been a big fan of U2.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
2

Bands should only exist for one decade.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

I could name several U2 albums that are well known off the top of my head. This is not one of them. It makes me think how many are going to be on this list of 1001....

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

I can see the appeal. It's well-produced. I dislike it, very cheesy.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

I can listen to it but I don’t want to

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