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Editors’ Notes

Throughout the ‘90s, U2 looked to redefine itself without losing its soul in the process. Naming its album Pop and introducing exciting new sonics that weren’t necessarily as “rock” as its old touchstones announced a band looking to break past the preconceived notions that even Achtung Baby! and Zooropa had blown apart. Yet, in the end, no matter how shiny and amazing the production — and no one gets a more intense sound than Flood — the band always boils down to the quartet at its core. Dave “The Edge” Evans brings his arsenal of tones and riffs, Bono screams to the heavens, and the rhythm section locks into the tightest of grooves. “Discotheque” may head onto the dancefloor with one hand waving frenetically, but it’s still rock n’ roll to anyone for whom it concerns. “Staring at the Sun,” “Mofo,” and “Do You Feel Loved” are every bit as powerful as the better-known anthems in the band’s catalog and no amount of studio sizzle can remove the heart.

Customer Reviews

Pop is the greatest album made by anyone ever.

Pop, the great underdog of U2 albums. Don't let the critics fool you - this album is genius. No, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's worth trying out. Any U2 fan should have it, of course. But even if you're not a U2 fan - try it out. It's a lot different than the U2 you hear on the radio. It's definitely U2's darkest album, but it's also probably their most rocking (along with Achtung Baby). The techno elements work well, but it's not a techno or dance album, it's a rock album. Mofo, Gone, and Please are some of the best songs U2 has ever done, and as an album it flows together perfectly. Pop was apparently an "unfinished" album, but I think this only adds to the overall effect. It's a shame that even U2 themselves seem to not like Pop, for you'll find that within the hardcore fanbase it's actually a favourite, and with good reason. Pop is perfect in its imperfection.

Unfairly Dissed

I first listened to Pop knowing full well that it was "the mistake", the album that ended U2 Mach II much in the same way that Rattle and Hum ended Mach I. That said, I found it to be a very underrated work which can easily stand it's own against the rest of the U2 catalog. It actually stands very uniquely in the catalog because it distances itself from the Achtung Baby/Zooropa sound by shining with a brighter polish where those albums were murky, and it also sets up All That You Can't Leave Behind quite nicely with that same polish. It has it's own unique sound, which is more than you can say for most other bands. Comparing Pop to other bands nearly 20 years into their careers, it's much easier to look highly on it. My personal favorite songs are "Please" and "If God Will Send His Angels", which is hauntingly beautiful, with honorable mentions for "Discotheque" and "Staring at the Sun".


"Pop" is obviously the 1st album most will say "aahh---U2 lost their magic there." WRONG!!!!! Dead WRONG!!! This album blows apart with sound! People always say "oh this doesn't sound like U2" You'reright it doesn't sound like traditional U2, and that's the POINT! ya know what? IT'S GREAT!! U2 proved that they could actually pull of such a risky musical endeavor. Check out "Mofo," with incredible trance/ dance flavor or "Do You Feel Loved" with an awesome set of lyrics But of course "Discotheque" which is one of the coolest songs they've EVER done!!!! The record includes a great song called "Gone" that has an amazing progression throughout, and "If God Will Send His Angels" is absolutely beautiful! TRY it! You won't regret it!


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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