All That You Can't Leave Behind review by U2

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  • Released: Oct 31, 2000
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (34 votes)
U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind

Sound — 10
Along with the Joshua Tree, this is my favourite U2 album. Beautifully crafted, this album also marks a return to form for The Edge, who plays like its his last chance. The sound quality on this U2 album is the best so far, bar the new album. Rock songs like 'Elevation' stand right next to ballads like 'Stuck In A Moment' and don't sound out of place.

Lyrics — 8
For the most part, the lyrics on this album are brilliant. 'Beautiful Day' and 'Walk On' are almost too good to be real, and 'Wild Honey' will have you singing along, but it is let down by one song - 'Grace'. Don't get me wrong, its a good song, but it should have been a bside or something. The lyrics in it aren't that great and Bono makes it worse by singing flat. But the rest of the album more than makes up for this.

Overall Impression — 10
Let me just say that the first four songs on this album are all classics. Every single one. 'Beautiful Day' is brilliant song, 'Stuck In a Moment' is a catchy ballad, 'Elevation' is a great rocker, and 'Walk On' is one of the greatest songs you'll ever hear. By the time 'Walk On' reaches its magnificent climax, you won't be able to stop yourself singing along. The songs that follow this - 'Kite,' 'In A Little While' and 'Wild Honey' are all very good. 'Wild Honey' is especially good. The album falls down a little bit after here, but by the time it reaches 'The Ground Beneath Her Feet', the stunning last track, you'll be playing it over again.

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