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Zooropa [CD]

U2 Audio CD
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U2 formed in 1978 after Larry Mullen pinned a 'musicians wanted' ad to the notice board at Dublin's Temple Mount School. Adam Clayton had discovered rock'n'roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. 'It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.'
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001E18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Zooropa 6:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Babyface 4:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Numb 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lemon 6:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) 4:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Some Days Are Better Than Others 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The First Time (Album Version) 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dirty Day 5:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Wanderer [feat. Johnny Cash] 5:410.99  Buy MP3 

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Zooropa is almost perverse in the way it subverts every expectation we've ever had of U2. The world's most serious rock band releases an album of advertising parodies, Prince imitations, girl group tributes, taunts of rich girls and straightforward love songs. The album opens with the title tune, a vision of a near-future Europe that finds its common culture in advertising slogans and synth programs. As Bob Dylan once did with "Like a Rolling Stone", U2 takes aim on "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" at a spoiled rich girl who discovers her life of privilege has sapped all her strength. Bono's vocal has a Dylanesque sneer, but the Edge's guitar and Mullen's percussion create the sounds of a snarled traffic jam and Clayton's in-your-face bass line throbs like a migraine headache. By contrast, "The First Time" is the most genuinely romantic track U2 has ever recorded. The most surprising and most pleasurable tracks on the album, though, are a pair of R&B infatuation numbers, "Babyface" and "Lemon". Nothing better serves overextended rock stars than a return to the music's origins at the sock hop. The results aren't always fully satisfying, but they do reveal an unglimpsed, unexpected side to one of the world's most celebrated, most ambitious pop acts. --Geoffrey Himes

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Vibrant 1993 album contains "The Wanderer" with Johnny Cash, plus "Lemon".

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Quite why this was so derided on its initial release (and still, to some extent, today!) is beyond me. This was U2 sounding like the biggest band in the world, eons away from the tired stadium act of the Rattle & Hum LP/concert-film/clothing-range/etc, which postured towards trad-Americana, but with none of the soul (instead, sounding hollow and conceited)... this, on the other hand, was U2 sounding fresh and exciting, referencing the music of the time, with acts like Disposable Heroes, the Happy Mondays and My Bloody Valentine, not to mention the edgy music being produced by their post-punk peers, with bands like Talk Talk and Depeche Mode both producing self-consciously weird albums with Laughing Stock and Violator, respectively.
So, we had U2 doing likewise with the landmark Achtung Baby, which remains their greatest album... though, for all intensive purposes, it was still the Joshua Tree, just with more layered and modernised production. Zooropa on the other hand is the first step towards the alien-U2 landscape that would be further developed on the Original Soundtracks album; a record so 'out-there' they had to release it under a different name (The Passengers). This was a band that had little in common with the group that had released such earnest, political, new-wave stuff like Bullet in the Blue Sky, I Will Follow and Sunday Bloody Sunday, & instead, produced music that was self-aware, ultra-post modern and seemed to be taking the p*ss out of the whole idea of U2 as a franchise ("...be all that you can be"). Understandably, the fans and critics of the time wrote the whole thing off as an arty-self-indulgent exercise, criticising U2's decision to experiment with dance rhythms and techno production and generally, missing the point of the whole endeavour, entirely.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect but with some amazing highs 6 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
As the 90s progressed U2 continuously tried to experiment and change their style as much as possible, so much so that it's hard to believe that in just 10 short years they had gone from simple Post-Punk to the experimental sonic soundscapes that make up Zooropa.
The album opens with "Zooropa", with its piano long intro and extensive sampling of commercials, that lets the listener immediately know U2 have not gone back to their roots and have continued on down the path which they started on with Achtung Baby. Once the guitar kicks in the song quickly becomes brilliant, and Bono even decides to reuse the phrase "Dream Out Loud" which was already used in "Acrobat" and would again be used in "Always", Bono sure does like to repeat himself...

The album continues with the tale of obsession that is "Babyface", the monotonous "Numb" and the indulgent "Lemon" all which although being good songs fail to reach any level of greatness. However, this is quickly made up for by what could easily be the best song of U2's entire career; "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)", in short the song is simply perfect, and could also possibly showcase Bono's best vocal performance ever recorded. The biggest letdown on the album however is "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car" although not a bad song, it just feels so unworthy of being the song to follow up "Stay" especially when every other song on the album is better than it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rangerman 14 May 2003
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I purchased Zooropa from Amazon as it was the last CD needed to complete my U2 collection, and I wasn`t disappointed and neither will you be if you are a true U2 fan.
Zooropa,Babyface,Lemon and Stay!(Faraway, so close) are all strong tracks with a typical U2 sound mixed with a dash of techno, but the strongest track for me is Numb with Edge`s rapping mixing superbly with the drumbeats and guitar line.
Tracks 6-10 are probably not as strong as the first 5, but The First Time is another belter.
My only regret is I never bought it in 1993.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Zooropa - An interesting U2 milestone... 25 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
Zooropa, in my opinion, is an album that marks an interesting milestone in U2's career. It seems as though by 1993 they'd grown tired of their existing successful 'straight-rock' formula and wanted to experiment and diversify with some new and more modern and different ideas.
Zooropa is a mixture between conventional U2 instrumentals and dance/synth effects. With the exception of a few, more conventional, ballad style tracks that wouldn't have been out of place on Achtung Baby (Stay (Faraway, So Close!)), this album is essentially a chillout album complete with weird synthesized sounds and vocals.
This formula works but is so fundamentally different to U2 of old that it is hard to know quite how to react to it. My own impression is that though this album is very easy to listen to, it is better to listen to when you want music to chillout to. I can't see myself playing it as regularly as U2's earlier material and ATYCLB - dance music is not one of my favourite musical genres but it is that genre to which Zooropa essentially belongs.
Track highlights include Lemon, Dirty, and the two ballads of the album - the aforementioned Stay (Faraway, So Close!), and the haunting finale, The Wanderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to revisit an older album
U2 at their height. Creative & unusual. Bought along with Achtung Baby as I did have them on cassette, yep, a long time ago!
Published 2 months ago by R. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Well what can I say other than I love U2. I have this on vinyl but wanted to get it on CD. Arrived in swifty time, well packaged
Published 5 months ago by CiaraDub9
1.0 out of 5 stars cd
I'm a big fan of u2 but this was the worst album ive ever heard wouldn't recommend this to anyone
Published 5 months ago by psychicsal
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Although not U2's very best album, it's still one of their better ones over the last twenty years. After 20 years still worth buying on MP3 comparing to when I first bought the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I think this is U2's best album, and most certainly their most under rated.

Not a stand out single on it, and all the better for that.
Published 12 months ago by Yorkshire Mouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cd
I would be a big fan of U2 and I find Zooropa a good cd to listen to. It's a nice cd.
Published 13 months ago by Keith Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous first half
Issued after 'Achtung Baby', 'Zooropa' had something to live up to. It doesn't quite do that, bur that's not to say that it's a bad album. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It isn't easy writing reviews for an album you love, by a band you follow. Is there anything else to say. You either like U2 or not
Published 19 months ago by Rev. G. R. Mumford
3.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising without Meditation
Having recently played all the preceding U2 albums in order, my first response on this listening to the opening track of `Zooropa' is to ask, `Is this U2? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicholas Casley
5.0 out of 5 stars Zooropa: Vorsprung Durch Technik
This is one of two U2 albums that I own and I sometimes wonder if Bono (a.k.a. (the self-appointed) "God") and company actually feature on it - it is so far removed from their over... Read more
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