All That You Can't Leave Behind

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For most of their two decades together, U2 have ranked among the most forward-looking of rock's mega-bands, which makes their decision to "get back to their roots" on this remarkably evocative album a curious -- but thoroughly positive -- one. The electronics, irony, and distance of recent years have largely been stripped away, all the better to concentrate on the Edge's still visceral guitar playing and Bono's eternally questing presence. The singer proves he can still send shivers down the spine by soaring through songs such as the yearning "Peace on Earth," but he's just as capable of capturing attention with subtlety and a downbeat delivery, as he does on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For most of their two decades together, U2 have ranked among the most forward-looking of rock's mega-bands, which makes their decision to "get back to their roots" on this remarkably evocative album a curious -- but thoroughly positive -- one. The electronics, irony, and distance of recent years have largely been stripped away, all the better to concentrate on the Edge's still visceral guitar playing and Bono's eternally questing presence. The singer proves he can still send shivers down the spine by soaring through songs such as the yearning "Peace on Earth," but he's just as capable of capturing attention with subtlety and a downbeat delivery, as he does on the pensive "New York." A good bit of All That You Can't Leave Behind comes couched in dark hues, thanks to Bono's heart-on-his-sleeve musings and the seductive production of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. But there are moments of outright abandon giddy enough to pack a dance floor with folks doing the old bump 'n' grind, including the lusty "Wild Honey" and the soulful spirit-lifter "Stuck in a Moment." U2's rhythm section, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton, who sounded somewhat tentative on experimental discs such as Pop and Zooropa, positively leap into the hard-charging grooves of songs such as "Elevation" and the corny but infectious "Walk On," a pair of songs that bring to mind the vibrant Rattle and Hum-era incarnation of the band. This appropriately titled disc is, in many ways, a reclamation of styles and notions U2 once discarded as outmoded, only to find that they fit mighty well after all.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
Village Voice
All That You Can't Leave Behind returns to the grand gestures of old. Practically every song a potential hit single. Soulful, exuberant, at peace with its own clichés, this is one U2 record that will never be called antianything.

All That You Can't Leave Behind returns to the grand gestures of old. Practically every song a potential hit single. Soulful, exuberant, at peace with its own clichés, this is one U2 record that will never be called antianything.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 731452465320
  • Catalog Number: 524653
  • Sales rank: 38,854

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Day
  2. 2 Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
  3. 3 Elevation
  4. 4 Walk On
  5. 5 Kite
  6. 6 In a Little While
  7. 7 Wild Honey
  8. 8 Peace on Earth
  9. 9 When I Look at the World
  10. 10 New York
  11. 11 Grace
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist, Group
The Edge Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Barrett Brass, Overdubs
Bono Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Howard Engineer
The Edge Composer
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Bono Composer, Lyricist
Adam Clayton Composer
Brian Eno Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Tim Palmer Engineer
Mike Hedges Producer
Steve Averill Art Direction
Alex Haas Engineer
Anton Corbijn Cover Photo
Stephen Harris Engineer
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Shaughn McGrath Cover Design, Sleeve Design
Richard Rainey Engineer
Julian Gallagher Producer
Alex Hass Engineer
Sam O'Sullivan Studio Manager, Drum Technician
Fraser McAlister Guitar Techician
Richard "Biff" Stannard Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I bought this to replace the one I had that got broken. I love this CD because it's a good mix of moving, fun, sexy and intelligent. There isn't a track on this CD that I don't like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Overall

    I like this album and I think its in U2's top 5,but it is nowhere near the joshua tree and achtung baby. The music is good, but for me and few of my friends it lacks something, an edge(no pun intended). All the music sounds too comfortable, and though it doesnt come anywhere near ruining the songs, it doesnt pack the emotional punch of war, the joshua tree, and achtung baby. Defintely buy it, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Their Best Work

    This CD is, in my opinion, the best that U2 has ever made. I never tire of hearing this album. The lyrics are amazing. The pure sound of the bands' instruments and Bono's voice is a nice change of pace from their work in the 90's (not that i didn't love those albums as well).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a new U2 fan

    Just the first few songs were awesome! This is only my second album and it is one of the best. Great melodies and lyrics can be found in this album. I cannot find a bad note or a wrong song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome!!!!!!!

    It is all good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Still Remember

    I have always liked U2 ever since I first heard their song "Beautiful Day". Also everytime I hear that song it reminds me of when I went on a trip to Austrlia and our tour guide played that song everyday. I don't have the CD yet but I'm going to get it and I suggest you get it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best U2 CD - Tops Achtung and Joshua Tree

    This has to be the best U2 CD recorded ... and as a big U2 fan that's not an easy statement to make ... this CD rivals Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby ... and is widely considered the third U2 materpiece ... very soulful ...very energetic ... like most U2 albums it lifts you up ... if you don't have it, buy it today ...you'll be glad you did ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sheer Brilliance

    If you like your rock with a bit more depth than the Britneys and Boy Bands afford you, buy this record now! U2's music has informed as well as inspired me ever since 1987's Joshua Tree. If you don't own this disc already, you've deprived your ears and your soul for far to long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    they sound like themselves again!

    I've been a U2 fan for 20 years, and my reaction to this album was relief--they sound like themselves again and not like some imitation of how they seem to think others want them to sound. Some of the tracks on this album are as good as any they've written: Walk On, Elevation, In a Little While, Grace...Others are not quite as strong lyrically or musically. The album flows quite nicely and has an uplifting, soulful feel to it. I especially like to play the rockin' Elevation (loud) or the soulful ''Grace''. The New York track is almost eerie in that you can detect a sense of impending tragedy... Overall, a good (not great) album that I highly recommend for fans and potential fans. And that should include just about everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So awesome!

    I bought this CD two weeks ago, and it hasn't left my player except to be exchanged from stereo to portable. My favorite is Walk On, but the rest are excellent too, and they all have meaning for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    When young musicians ask me for advice on how to handle their careers, I have only one thing to say: U2. The song writing and orchestration of this cd create a rich, vibrant tapestry. More credit and coverage should be given to genius/producer/musician Brian Eno for his incredible contributions to this Art. The indefatigable U2 has managed the impossible by surpassing their groundbreaking album Joshua Tree. All That You Can't Leave Behind: Sui Generis.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!

    This cd is U2's best yet! the songs are great, and the band sounds amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2 is Beautiful.....''ALL'' is Beautiful!!!!

    I am almost 32 years old and have been a huge U2 and huge Bono fan, since I am 13 years old. No matter what roads U2 may travel, they will never disappoint me musically, or otherwise. They are not only brilliant, but they are the classiest bunch of musicians I have ever known! Throughout this cd, you can hear so many influences from the past, from the likes of WAR, Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree, even POP. As long as Bono has a pen in his hand, U2 will always be and remain, in my opinion, the best rock band, EVER!!!! No matter what they may experiment for future projects, they will always be ''U2'', always....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2 at their best again

    I'll admit, when I first listened to this album, I didn't know what to think. But as with Joshua Tree, War, and Achtung Baby, I was hooked before I got through listening to it the third time. I love New York, and Kite has that same feel of Drowning Man, or So Cruel. I think that five years from now, this album will be mentioned with Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby as the hieght of U2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2 is back and better than ever!

    A few years ago Bono of U2 said,''we are going to put out the best rock 'n roll album.'' All That You Can't Leave Behind is the fruit of that labor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First Time

    This is my first time actually buying a U2 album, and boy is this a great one! I'm so glad to have picked up this CD and to have it in my collection. The music is soothing, and also uplifting. These guys have been around for a while now but they still have it! I can't wait for their next album to come out but for now, ''All That You Can't Leave Behind'' is easily one of my most favorite CD's. This album is a must have for all U2 fans. Go on, BUY IT! I did and I have no regrets, neither will you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pride (in the name of rock)

    U2 once again showed all the feelings bare naked. An exellent album... Don`t listen what critiques have said-they`re wrong!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I AM 60 YEAR OLD FAN AND I THINK THAT U2 ROCKS LIKE HELL!!!!!!!!!!

    I THINK THAT U2 HAS STILL GOT IT AND THEY ARE BY FAR THE BEST BAND OUT THERE RIGHT NOW ALONG WITH OTHER CLASSICS AND NEW BANDS. I WOULD SAY THAT THIS IS A WONDERFUL CD AND THIS ALBUM IS WORTH YOUR MONEY! I WOULD MOST DIFINETELY RECOMMEND THIS CD TO EVERYONE OUT THERE THAT LOVES MUSIC OR IS A U2 FAN BUT DOESN'T HAVE THIS CD. AT FIRST I DIDN'T LIKE U2 ALOT BUT MY NEPHEWS MICHEAL AND DANIEL INTRODUCED ME TO THIS SO NOW I LOVE ALL KINDS OF MUSIC AND ALL U2 CDS ARE WORTH BUYING! I ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU BUY ALL OF U2'S CDS BECAUSE THEY ARE DA BOMB!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More vocal than other U2 albums

    This CD focuses more on Bono's voice and less on the instrumentals. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it loses the rock feel. There are of course exceptions, and if you are a U2 fan, go for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evelation Rocks U2 is amazing the whole album awesome

    Evelation is the best, Beautiful Day Rocks too. U2 I don't know how they can make an album so great.

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