Achtung Baby

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Reinventions rarely come as thorough and effective as Achtung Baby, an album that completely changed U2's sound and style. The crashing, unrecognizable distorted guitars that open "Zoo Station" are a clear signal that U2 have traded their Americana pretensions for postmodern, contemporary European music. Drawing equally from Bowie's electronic, avant-garde explorations of the late '70s and the neo-psychedelic sounds of the thriving rave and Madchester club scenes of early-'90s England, Achtung Baby sounds vibrant and endlessly inventive. Unlike their inspirations, U2 rarely experiment with song structures over the course of the album. Instead, they use the thick...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Reinventions rarely come as thorough and effective as Achtung Baby, an album that completely changed U2's sound and style. The crashing, unrecognizable distorted guitars that open "Zoo Station" are a clear signal that U2 have traded their Americana pretensions for postmodern, contemporary European music. Drawing equally from Bowie's electronic, avant-garde explorations of the late '70s and the neo-psychedelic sounds of the thriving rave and Madchester club scenes of early-'90s England, Achtung Baby sounds vibrant and endlessly inventive. Unlike their inspirations, U2 rarely experiment with song structures over the course of the album. Instead, they use the thick dance beats, swirling guitars, layers of effects, and found sounds to break traditional songs out of their constraints, revealing the tortured emotional core of their songs with the hyper-loaded arrangements. In such a dense musical setting, it isn't surprising that U2 have abandoned the political for the personal on Achtung Baby, since the music, even with its inviting rhythms, is more introspective than anthemic. Bono has never been as emotionally naked as he is on Achtung Baby, creating a feverish nightmare of broken hearts and desperate loneliness; unlike other U2 albums, it's filled with sexual imagery, much of it quite disturbing, and it ends on a disquieting note. Few bands as far into their career as U2 have recorded an album as adventurous or fulfilled their ambitions quite as successfully as they do on Achtung Baby, and the result is arguably their best album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527788258
  • Catalog Number: 001604202
  • Sales rank: 27,952

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bono Guitar, Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass Guitar
Eno Keyboards
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Percussion
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums
Duchess Nell Catchpole Violin, Viola
Technical Credits
U2 Composer
The Edge String Arrangements
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Paul Barrett Engineer
Eno Producer, String Arrangements
Flood Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Nick Stewart Re-Release Coordinator
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Robbie Adams Engineer
Des Broadbery Guitar Techician
Cheryl Engels Archival Assistant, Mastering Producer, Quality Control
Joe O'Herlihy Monitors, Location Coordinator
Charlie Whisker Illustrations
Chris Heaney Archival Assistant
Sam O'Sullivan Drum Technician
Fraser McAlister Guitar Techician, Bass Technician
Scott Sedillo Mastering
Dennis Sheehan Location Coordinator
Terry Cromer Location Coordinator
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  • Posted October 7, 2014

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    This is still one of my all time favorite albums!  Not a bad song out there at all.  I will listen to this CD from start to finish, or within the shuffle of my iTunes library.  The songs all bring back wonderful memories of high school, and times spent with my high school sweetheart.  Plus, U2 is an amazing band!




    I cannot even begin to list which is my favorite song.  Love Is Blindness and Mysterious Ways are two of the best, and they both still speak to me in ways that get my feet moving, and my heart racing, and my body swaying.  At least half of the songs are amazing to drive down the highway with, speakers cranked high, wind in my hair.  As I said, not a bad song on the CD.

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