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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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2.99

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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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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 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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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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Sat Feb 04 2023
5

Awesome. Never ever gets old.

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Wed Feb 08 2023
5

So much hate. Yeah, he's a wanker, but he's avoided sex and drugs while continuing to play rock and roll. This was a good album with a great mix of past and present.

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Sat Feb 18 2023
5

😍

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

This is a pwnage soundtrack to my childhood weirdly enough. The amount of n00bs I pwned on Halo whilst listening to this album is probably in the thousands. Nothing like sticking someone and watching them explode at the climax of Beautiful Day. First half is definitely superior but can also love the back half in a different kind of way. Not usually a normal 5 I would give but something about this album gets me.

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

Probably my favourite U2 album. Some great tracks.

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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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Thu Dec 08 2022
4

A hugely definitive album - nearly 25 years old! Some classics some less awesome. Enjoyed to memories

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Mon Jan 02 2023
4

Great album. Beautiful Day is so nostalgic.

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Thu Jan 19 2023
4

Classic anthemic and iconic rock music. Beautiful Day and Walk On are the best songs. 4.5.

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Mon Feb 06 2023
4

Much more soulful than the other U2 albums from the 1990s. Mature, less experimental. Strong, sensible songwriting. A very good U2 album.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
4

Very good

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Thu Feb 23 2023
4

My mom is a huge fan of U2 so it was kind of a nice surprise seeing this and really delving into her music taste. I had only heard Beautiful Day before, but there are much better songs on here. Generally good album. Fave track(s): Elevation

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Fri Mar 03 2023
4

4.0

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Thu Mar 16 2023
4

I feel this album starts strongly but fades a bit towards the middle. It does pick up again at the end. Not their best album, for me.

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Fri Mar 17 2023
4

Sounds like U2

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Thu Mar 23 2023
4

Man, you can say what you want about U2’s repertoire over the years, but this remains one of their best albums.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
4

Respect this album a lot but U2 is not my everyday jam

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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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