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Album Review

U2 planned to record a new EP before launching the European leg of their ambitious Zoo TV tour in 1993, but the EP quickly turned into the full-length album Zooropa. Picking up where Achtung Baby left off, Zooropa delves heavily into U2's newfound affection for experimental music and dance clubs. While the title track marries those inclinations to the anthems of The Joshua Tree, most of the record is far more daring than its predecessor. While that occasionally means it's unfocused and meandering, it also results in a number of wonderful moments, like the quiet menace of "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car," and the space-age German disco of "Lemon," the Edge's droning mantra "Numb," and the gentle, heartbroken "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," one of U2's very best love songs. As the album winds to a close, it drifts off track, yet the best moments of Zooropa rank among U2's most inspired and rewarding music.

Customer Reviews

Zooropa - Better than you think.

Although not as good as the sublime Achtung Baby, Zooropa is a superb album. The title track is pure genius, and the entire album is clearly in the Achtung Baby mould, which is fine by me. It also has a great contribution from the sadly missed Johnny Cash on the wanderer. This album is a grower, and deserves to be listened to.

The Last Good Album from U2

This was the last good album from U2. Although this isn't as good as previous albums like Joshua Tree and Actung Baby, it's does have some excellent tracks like the superb 'Lemon'. I can't say I've ever been into Johnny Cash but he make an excellent contribution to the final track, 'The Wanderer'.

The Last Essential U2 Album

A superb album and mainly for the fact that it's U2 way out of their comfort zone. They wrote and recorded it in a matter of weeks and it's so much better for it. These days, they've stopped experimenting and take four years to create sterile hits-by-numbers such as Beautiful Day and Vertigo. However, back in 1993, they were at their most experimental, willing take risks and let pieces of music wander into previously unchartered territory. For example, there are very few guitars on the album - and those that are, are smoothered in so many effects that they sound like synths anyway (the solo on Some Days Are Better Than Others, for example). Thus, we have Lemon, a song so enchantingly beautiful with a synth-cello solo (synth-cello solo!) that will break your heart. We have Stay, a song that Bono's has frequently claimed is his favourite U2 song. And Dirty Day, a weird, repetitive muse that appears to be both dry and atmospheric at the same time. The whole album is schizophrenic - changing styles, moods, sounds, tempos, vibes song by song. But ironically, it's one of U2's most complete and satisfying and it's also their last essential album. If only they still stopped worrying about pleasing America and went back to experimenting, they'd continue to make intoxicating, atmospheric and truly original music like this.


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 songs...
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