Achtung Baby Review

artist: U2 date: 01/07/2008 category: compact discs
U2: Achtung Baby
Released: Nov 19, 1991
Genre: Rock
Styles: Album Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop/Rock, Post-Punk, College Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
Reinventions rarely come as thorough and effective as Achtung Baby, an album that completely changed U2's sound and style.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 7.7
Achtung Baby Reviewed by: belavista man, on january 07, 2008
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Sound: Though the masses and critics may put U2's '90s material down as some of their worst material to date, the music itself is undoubtedly some of their most solid and well written. The hits themselves (One, Mysterious Ways, Even Better Than The Real Thing and the eternal crowd pleaser, The Fly) show some strong musical skill from the Dublin lads, whilst other should-have-been-singles like Zoo Station, Until The End of the World and Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World show the ability to clearly challenge them. Some of the other tracks, though they are still good, they aren't as up-to-speed as the rest of the album, and in turn, I end up skipping them. It's only little things about certain tracks that put me off them; like the random bending keyboard noise at the beginning of Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and the repetitive piano "riff" from So Cruel. Once you hear something like that, it may put you off (unless you're fond of that kind of stuff, of course). Any other songs that don't fit in those categories, are either boring (Acrobat) or sound too similar to other songs (Ultra Violet sounds so much like Zoo Station to me). Basically, the last three tracks on the album might be good in some ways, but they sound like a desperate attempt to fill space on the album to me. The sound on here, if on a graph, would kinda go up, stay there for a while, then drop a bit, then shoot back up, then fall badly again. That's how I picture it. // 8

Lyrics: Sometimes lyrics can stab you and fix you to the spot whilst you listen. The lyrics in One do just that, it has to be said. A lot of the lyrics on here do the same, just not as well. With One, the lyrics work with the music, but on other songs like Love Is Blindness and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, the lyrics are pretty good, but the music doesn't work with it as well as One's does. Other lyrics like Mysterious Ways' and Even Better Than The Real Thing have you singing along from the first word. U2 must have done something right with the lyrics on here to make you do that. // 7

Overall Impression: By far, it has some of my favorite U2 songs on this album, but it just doesn't grab me like some of the others do. Maybe the critics are right about some things, as in the fact that this album doesn't grab you and keep you like Rattle And Hum or maybe All That You Can't Leave Behind do, but to slay U2 like they did was a little to harsh, in my eyes. Worth a listen? Yes. Worth a full listen? From start to finish? No. // 8

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overall: 10
Achtung Baby Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 22, 2005
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Sound: The sound, one word, awesome! This album is definately in contention as U2's, best running against "The Joshua Tree" album. The sound is very different. Edge goes away from just the delay and uses a variety of sounds. There is also alot of background sounds as they experiment with european sound. This is album is very original in it's sound and the quality is fantastic. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are also excellent. This album takes a more satirical and ironic approach to lyric writing. The writing is very smooth and the lyrics real mean something. Bono is just top notch when it comes to writing lyrics. // 10

Overall Impression: This is an original album. I can't think of anything to compare it with. Tom Morello's sound sounds alot like Edges in some parts but they are entirely different. Every song on this album is great. Top ones though are One, Until The End Of The World, So Cruel, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, Ultraviolet. I would recommend anyone to buy this album. Even if you hate U2 chances are you hate them because of what the radio plays. This album will change your mind. // 10

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