16 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2 entered the 1990s determined to not be defined by their previous records. They looked for a fresh start with 1991’s Achtung Baby, casting aside the earnestness and any semblance of roots for an adventurous sprawl into the new decade. Each successive release pushed the boundaries until they’d felt they couldn’t go further and then, in a quick switchback, the group suddenly returned to their beginnings and classic U2 sound for 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind. True to the band’s probing nature, this “Best Of” collection is more than just a collection of obvious hits (“One,” “Beautiful Day,” “Mysterious Ways”) but also a continuation of their sonic experimentalism, with new tracks that actually copyright in 2002 (“Electrical Storm,” “The Hands That Built America” the theme from Gangs of New York), obscurities (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” from Batman & Robin), and remixes galore, including all the material from 1997’s Pop (“Discotheque,” “Staring at the Sun,” “Gone’). These reinventions make this less a “Greatest Hits” than another vantage point for even the hardcore U2 fan to take interest. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2 entered the 1990s determined to not be defined by their previous records. They looked for a fresh start with 1991’s Achtung Baby, casting aside the earnestness and any semblance of roots for an adventurous sprawl into the new decade. Each successive release pushed the boundaries until they’d felt they couldn’t go further and then, in a quick switchback, the group suddenly returned to their beginnings and classic U2 sound for 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind. True to the band’s probing nature, this “Best Of” collection is more than just a collection of obvious hits (“One,” “Beautiful Day,” “Mysterious Ways”) but also a continuation of their sonic experimentalism, with new tracks that actually copyright in 2002 (“Electrical Storm,” “The Hands That Built America” the theme from Gangs of New York), obscurities (“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” from Batman & Robin), and remixes galore, including all the material from 1997’s Pop (“Discotheque,” “Staring at the Sun,” “Gone’). These reinventions make this less a “Greatest Hits” than another vantage point for even the hardcore U2 fan to take interest. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
127 Ratings
127 Ratings
ChylanOut ,

Good U2 Songs

I am a big fan of U2, especially their 80s prime. Overall, this CD is very enjoyable and contains some great songs, including Beautiful Day, One, and Until the End of the World. But for me, there's no doubt that 90s U2 cant measure up to the raw energy of their 80s material. As a first U2 purchase, you'd be better off with "The Best of: 1980 - 1990" or "The Joshua Tree" than this 90s collection. The newest U2 release, "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," is the best in a long time because it returns to the original U2 sound that made them Rock and Roll legends.

SuperVB ,

not really

When I buy a U2 Greatest Hits album, then what comes to mind is all the best songs from that 10 year period listed. However that is not the case here. Of course there are some absolutely fantastic songs (Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment, One, and Stay) and the album would be just fine if it had only those songs. Instead what we have here is some new mixes of arguably not U2's best work. Basically stuff that would make a fine album but turns out to be a very average Greatest Hits collection. I feel they really missed out on this one. Don't let the title fool you: U2 has some really great material from this time period but you will not find a majority of it on this album.

shoplifters of the world ,

correction

"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" was on the "Batman Forever" soundtrack.

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