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Album Review

Functioning as both the soundtrack to U2's feature film documentary and as a tentative follow-up to their career-making blockbuster, Rattle and Hum is a bit messy. A mix of live cuts and new studio tracks, the album finds U2 running wild in the aftermath of The Joshua Tree, continuing their embrace of America to the point that they adopt several classic rock moves. Specifically, they dabble in American roots rock, something they ignored before. These experiments sometimes work: "Desire" has an intoxicating Bo Diddley beat, "Angel of Harlem" is a punchy, sunny Stax soul tribute, "When Loves Come to Town" is an endearingly awkward blues duet with B.B. King, and the Dylan collaboration "Love Rescue Me" is an overlooked minor bluesy gem. These are paired with some affecting laments — the cascading "All I Want Is You" and "Heartland," which sounds like a Joshua Tree outtake — but Rattle and Hum is by far the least-focused record U2 ever made, leaving it to the listener to mine for the Silver & Gold within its sprawl.

Customer Reviews


I was quite literally shocked when i read the itunes review for this album. Having listened to this album numerous times, I cannot help but disagree with the above review. I thought this was an excellent live album, and I have personally had the supposedly "misguided" gospel version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For stuck in my head for the past week. Having also seen the film Rattle and Hum, which is outstanding, bono is amazing, I think this album is a great companion to the film, and deserves a definite five stars

Rattle and Hum...Something for Everyone

Thumbs down to the iTunes review. Following the success and brilliance of The Joshua Tree, U2 continued its exploration and experimental journey of their American musical influences on R&H, both a feature Rock documentary and album. There are a half a dozen Live versions from the Joshua Tree tour with some decent covers and reinterpretations along the way. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For was inevitably destined for its gospelized treatment. As we've grown to know by now U2 Live just wouldn't be the same without Bono the statesman preaching the cause, e.g. "Amnesty...don't mean to bug ya" in Silver and Gold. Its too bad one of the movie highlights, Where the Streets Have No Name, didn't make the album. Remember the scene: Its Sun Devil Stadium Tempe Arizona, Adam, Larry, the Edge walk onto stage, the song's slow organ begins, the stage is blackened but the backdrop glows like a red lit Sun, Larry's sticks and cymbal calls the cadence, bathed in strobe light, like lightening flashes, the Edge rocks the guitar intro, Adam readies his Bass, Bono the Cowboy coolly walks across stage takes the mic, the band is in position, the crescendo builds, the front stadium lights blast the audience through the smoke filled arena, vocals: "I Want to Run, I Want to Hide, I Want to Tear Down the Walls that Hold Me Inside!! Absolute chills. U2 in the studio: there are a handful of gems, Desire, Angel of Harlem, God Pt 2, but at other times this album plays like b-sides, outtakes and other rarities. My favorite cut on the album is the heartfelt All I Want Is You, described as the companion piece to The Joshua Tree's With or Without you. An unassuming accoustic guitar quietly begins, verses and chorus sing out the honesty of relationship material and immaterial wants and needs, drums and bass like staccato hold the line, another crescendo with a string section too (odd but it works), Bono crying out "Alllll All, All I Want is Yoooou" then the classic Edge's guitar solo asserts its back through the song and he works his anthem, finally the string arrangements take over close and fade like movie title credits. AIWIY was the perfect close to one of U2's greatest chapters (ever heard of Achtung Baby). AIWIY is one of the most beautiful and definitely the most underrated U2 song ever, for this alone I rate this album a 5. Enjoy.

Amazing album!!!

Great music


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands in the world — equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the...
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