All That You Can't Leave Behind [Import Bonus Track]

All That You Can't Leave Behind [Import Bonus Track]

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by U2

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Nearly ten years after beginning U2 Mach II with their brilliant seventh album Achtung Baby, U2 ease into their third phase with 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind. The title signifies more than it seems, since the group sifts through its past, working with Daniel Lanois and …  See more details below


Nearly ten years after beginning U2 Mach II with their brilliant seventh album Achtung Baby, U2 ease into their third phase with 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind. The title signifies more than it seems, since the group sifts through its past, working with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, all in an effort to construct a classicist U2 album. Thankfully, it's a rock record from a band that absorbed all the elastic experimentation, studio trickery, dance flirtations, and genre bending of Achtung, Zooropa, and Pop -- all they've shed is the irony. U2 choose not to delve as darkly personal as they did on Achtung or Zooropa, yet they also avoid the alienating archness of Pop, returning to the generous spirit that flowed through their best '80s records. On that level, All may be reminiscent of The Joshua Tree, but this is a clever and craftsmanlike record, filled with nifty twists in the arrangements, small sonic details, and colors. U2 take subtle risks, such as their best pure pop song ever with "Wild Honey"; they're so self-confident they effortlessly write their best anthem in years with "Beautiful Day"; they offer the gospel-influenced "Stuck in a Moment," never once lowering it to the shtick it would have been on Rattle and Hum. Like any work from craftsmen, All That You Can't Leave Behind winds up being a work of modest pleasures, where the way the verse eases into the chorus means more than the overall message, and this is truly the first U2 album where that sentiment applies -- but there is genuine pleasure in their craft, for the band and listener alike. [The British release adds a bonus track, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet."]

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Island Uk


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Bono   Guitar,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Edge   Composer
Arnie Acosta   Mastering
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Steve Averill   Art Direction
Alex Haas   Engineer
Anton Corbijn   Cover Photo
Stephen Harris   Engineer
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Shaughn McGrath   Sleeve Design
Richard Rainey   Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Producer
Fraser McAlister   Guitar Techician
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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All That You Can't Leave Behind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This is another classic U2 sound from one of my favorite bands.  The last song on the CD, Grace, is stunningly beautiful.  The first half of the CD is a bunch of familiar songs from the radio play.  If you like U2, this CD will fit fine in your collection.  If you somehow don't know anything about U2, this would still be a fine beginning to their music, but definitely check into their older albums, as they somehow are a bit more classic, edgy, and necessary U2 albums to have.
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Don't believe what the reviewers have said... When I picked up this CD I expected to hear songs similiar to those on ''Zooropa'' or ''POP''. What I actually got was a brilliant mix of superior, flowing productions like those on ''Joshua Tree'', and an awesome sampling of old-fasioned U2 electric rock and roll (track 3 - Elevation). The only reason I gave it 4 stars, not 5, is I save those 5 stars reviews for the truly incredible LP's. (see below)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album is plainly AWESOME! It's U2 at their most passionate since Achtung Baby. The songs sound like a great mix of The Joshua Tree, Unforgettable Fire, and Achtung Baby. The first four tracks alone will just blow you away. ''Beautiful Day'' is classic U2 and ''Elevation'' is a great drive-fast-with-your-windows-open kind of tune. They're baaack! And I for one am psyched. I can't wait to see them on tour again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of U2 for what seems like forever. This, in my opinion, is their best album ever - even better than Joshua Tree and that is saying a lot. I've been waiting a long time for this album and it was worth the wait. The mix of songs is eclectic and a great listen. I suffered though Zooropa, Pop, and Actung Baby - I guess this is my reward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another amazing album by one of the greatest bands of all time. ''Elevation'' rocks and ''Walk on'' is a great song which will be as popular as the song ''One''! If you like U2 this is a must have album (just like the rest). I can't wait for them to go on tour next March.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Oscar Wilde's favorite word this album is ''Exquisite'' - it has taken less time than Achtung Baby to sink in; one wonders where the album will move to in the constellation of their wonderful corpus?
Guest More than 1 year ago
All that You Can't Leave Behind is vast improvement over the last two U2 albums. Some might say they're going back to their Joshua Tree days but I think its a little different. Its simple. You might say they are replanting the Joshua Tree. The tunes are great and little electronic. Elevation and New York will be hits along with Beautiful Day. The album did take a couple listening to really appreciate but once I did I could not stop listening to it. They are definitely showing a more mature view in terms of their lyrics and sound. Bono sounds as great as ever. The songs are even better live which is a rare thing today. Can't wait to see them on tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of U2 for 20 years but I must say that I was very disappointed with this album. There is little soul stirring,heart pounding, rock & roll intensity like previous albums. Go back and listen to Achtung Baby and Zooropa and notice how ''touchy feely'' this new album is. With 5 years to come up with new material, A Beautiful day is pretty good but the other 10 songs make me want to puke and then go hug a kitty cat.... :( How sweeeet.... How the band got away from powerful, intense Rock & Roll is beyond me... COME BACK TO US U2
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of U2 for 20 years I have loved everything they have done. I know a lot of fans will be happy with this CD which gets back to the rock & roll sound but doesn't repeat what they have already done. One of the greatest things about U2 is that they can change but keep that ''goosebump'' intensity in thier songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album took me back to my High School days of listening to U2 all day long. All the songs are excellent and you can listen to the CD all day long. U2 is back. Only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is basically it not in the status of classics like U2's Joshua Tree and Pearl Jam's Ten
Guest More than 1 year ago
With All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 shatters all doubt that they are still one of rock's greatest and most important bands ever. Though they puttered through the better part of the 90's with a lot of experimentation, it seems they have figured out what works and where they are most comfortable. They have kept all that they couldn't ''leave behind'' from their '80's work and incorporated their best new tricks from the '90's to give us what could possibly be their best album yet. I have been a U2 fan since the early 1980's, and have alway felt that their best album would alway be The Joshua Tree. I am very happy to admit that I was wrong! All That You Can't Leave Behind is just as consistently strong an album as the Joshua Tree. There are no ''filler'' tracks; each song is a work of art and could easily be played on the radio. If I were to list the album's highlights, I would have to list every song because each has something very special about it. Beautiful Day was an excellent choice to introduce the album while songs like Elevation, Stuck In A Moment and, especially, Walk On definitely have the potential to become radio classics. I gave this album a full five star rating because it is truly a masterpiece. U2's collaborators on the new album are long-time producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois who both know how to get the best music out of these guys in a way that is not fabricated or insincere. Throughout the album, you can hear how at ease the band is. They are not trying to force anything or re-invent themselves. They have simply done what they do best better than they ever have before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of the Man Bands is back bringing with it the classic rock sound that is the best of U2. The band's decision to return to the basics--the music--was a good one. They were the best small venue rock band, and I hope they will bring their next tour to a more intimate stage. This album has a sound I just love to spend time with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a terrific album from a band that has matured. u2 has found answers to questions asked in their youth. poetic lyrics, edge at his best, well produced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this album like I have all the others, in total anticipation of what I was about to hear, and always being blown away at what I have heard. I have been a fan of U2's since the beginning and have all their albums and play them all the time. But this time around I'm sad to say, I won't be listening to their latest album again after trying several times to get into it. The only song that moved me at all was ''Beautiful Day'', but everthing after that I felt was a rushed effort to put something together very quickly with no quality. It totaly pains me to say this!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought the latest U2 album and since then I have been listening to it endlessly. In my view, the tunes move from danceable ones such as track 1 to romantics such as track 6. And being a Yankee, I couldn't resist the lure of track 10, appropriately called NEW YORK. How wonderful that having been a U2 fan since my college days, I am still an ardent fan in graduate school, gnawing at the heels of middle age. U2 does us-its fans-proud. This is what I'd like to say to the band-keep bringing out those beautiful tunes and you can rest assured that we will be with you to eternity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They're the band that's constantly evolving, the political passion of WAR, the emotions of JOSHUA, the darkly sexy ACHTUNG, the power and confidence of POP, now the rediscovery of their roots: great songs, great lyrics. It's an amazing album from a band that always keeps fans on the edge (pardon the pun)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had thought Bono's voice had deepened (like Elvis's did) and that I would never hear the notes he reached in his early work. I was wrong. I do not know what happened, but on this album, Bono's voice soars to its old heights. Great music by the band and great singing by the man who has to be the most genuinely compassionate singer in Rock&Roll. And Bono... if you should read this, I think I've found what you're looking for in a strange little book titled ''Castle of Wisdom.'' It's just like the song except the main character eventually does find what he's looking for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this Cd is so dull............... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I only gave it one star because zero star was not an option!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second greatest clutch hit of U2's career, the first being Achtung Baby. After Rattle and Hum, we fans were left wondering where they might possibly go next, and they brought us to Achtung Baby, their best album. On All That You Can't Leave Behind, once again they have brought us to a new place, and, ironically enough, that place is Pop. The joke behind their last album was that is offerened no pop music. There was rock, jazz, even disco, but not a shred of straightforward pop. On ATYCLB, we finally get the pop, especially on songs such as ''Wild Honey,'' ''When I Look at the World,'' and ''In a Little While.'' The joke on this album is that this in NOT some great return to their roots. Yes, there are similarities: the band is once again wearing its heart on its sleeve, both lyrically and musically. Bono soars, and Larry and Adam bring the rhythm back. But Edge's guitar still lurks a little bit among the keyboards, and it still seems that he doesn't want to attract too much attention himself. Moreover, the songs are as conventionally molded as any they have ever been. That's not a bad thing. ''In A Little While,'' for example, sounds like it could have some straight from Mowtown. Earlier this year, Bono said something to the effect that this band has no reverse engines, and they prove that here. This is a new place for the band, and it's a good place. It's not their best work. This album, though wonderful, cannot stand with either The Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby. Moreover, we must remember that Zooropa and Pop are not great deviations. Those albums still had great and characteristic U2 songs; they simply weren't produced as U2 songs had been produced. Listen to ''Please'' live, and you hear a song that could have easily appeared on Achtung Baby. Listen to ''Stay,'' and you hear a song that could have appeared on Rattle and Hum. Listen to ''Zooropa,'' strip away the production, and you hear a song that could have appeared on the Joshua Tree. And listen to the Joshua Tree B-sides, and you hear songs that , with slight changes, could have appeared on Passengers. U2 does what all great bands do: change and remain the same. Although each album sounds different than the last, each sounds like U2, and this album, while not a classic, is no different.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only listened to this album all the way through twice, but half the songs on it are gems. New York, When I Look at the World and Kite are as good as anything on Achtung Baby. Elevation and Beautiful day are superb as well. The rest of the songs need a few more spins before judgement can be made. None of the tracks are outright bad, and how often can you say that these days? This album whetted my appetite to see them on tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only spun the disc a few times, but that's all I need to hear that the ''old U2'' are back with a vengence! I'll admit that, while I've purchased their last 2 CDs, I wasn't taken with them as I was with their earlier work. This CD is clearly a return to the U2 of 'The Joshua Tree' days. If you're a fan of their 1st 7 or 8 CDs this one MUST go onto your shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't stop listening to this album since I bought it. It has been a long wait for a great U2 album but no that it is here I hope eveyone will embrace it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I appreciate the ''back to our roots'' earnestness that U2 displays on this album, the fact is that these songs are downright boring. The split personality of the set, derived from double producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, detracts from a unified offering and the often trite lyrics make you wish for a little ''Lemon''-esque irony. While ''Beautiful Day'' and ''New York'' are capable of perking up your ears, over all this album will end up in the same place as the misguided, Eno/U2-led Passengers project...collecting dust in the back of your CD rack.