This book has nothing to do with U2 and very little to do with Achtung Baby. Rarely do I find that I've bought something that disappoints as much as this book has. I would even suggest that its product description is bordering on refundably inaccurate! If you want to read a short book about the bible, then go ahead and buy this. Catanzarite doesn't realise that no one actually thinks the bible is true any more - we all know it was made up by men, for the purpose of control. Yes, Bono uses biblical imagery on Achtung Baby, and it's beautiful to behold, like the inside of a Cathedral, but it's still the work of man. The author doesn't even get it right on The Fly, totally missing Bono's phone call from the Devil. None of the stunning lyrical or musical depth of Achtung Baby is explored in this book. Missing is the massive change from what U2 had made before, missing is the intense industrial delivery, the incorporation of rhythm loops, the forays into funked-up indie-dance territory and the evocative words and melodies that make it an all time top five album. Where is Berlin? Where is the Middle East in this book? Where is Ireland for that matter? Where is the guitar-story, a man a divorce and a soundscape that could fill a book on its own? Surely, if this record is about anything then it's there in the mission statement that is Zoo Station - `I'm ready to let go of the steering wheel'. Achtung Baby the album is a headlong dive away from U2's past and into a glorious, hedonistic future of irony, lust, intoxication and love. But this book is a waste of paper.
- Steve Wilson, Gods Of Chaos