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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic, 28 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Pop (Audio CD)
It looks like ATYCLB is going to be the album that propels U2 back to their former commercial glory, but it really should have been this album. Let's not forget it got some of the strongest reviews of their career and also achieved respectable sales of about 6-7 million copies. The album excels in combining hints of old U2 with modern production and dance textures. The tracks are so good that they deserve to be reviewed individually.
N.B. The number in brackets after each track is marks out of ten
Discotheque - This is one of the most amazing U2 songs ever. The guitar riffs, dance rhythms and vocals are brilliantly mixed together. The song was also a No.1 hit. (10)
Do you feel loved - Some amazing electronic effects and a dance beat are mixed with an Even Better Than The Real Thing-esque guitar riff. Brilliant! (9)
Mofo - This track contains the best rhythms that U2 have ever produced. The electronic effects are direct and irresistibly catchy over the complex dance rhythms. (10)
If God Will Send His Angels - This is definitely the U2 of old mixed with some modern production techniques. The Edge uses some guitar riffs that make this track sound like it could fit on to Achtung Baby. The simplicity makes this sound like the One of this album. (9)
Staring At The Sun - The best track on the album. Once again this is the U2 of old mixed with modern production. The acoustic/electric mix of guitars is gorgeous and the tune is brooding and reflective. (10)
Last Night On Earth - This is the rockiest song on the album and once again like the U2 of old with its soaring guitars. (10)
Gone - This song exhibits U2's gift to write a gorgeous melody. The synths are beautifully layered when the chorus begins. The melody is gorgeous while the vocals are soaring. (10)
Miami - Not bad. It is too experimental with dance textures and rhythms and as a result the melody does not develop. (7)
The Playboy Mansion - The only true lowpoint of the album. This is the blues of Rattle and Hum-era U2 being mixed with modern production. Rather average (6)
If You Wear That Velvet Dress - Elegantly produced with a nice melody. Creates a Brian Eno-style mysterious ambience. I do prefer the live version for the lead guitar though as it gives it a more immediate melody (8)
Please - Very bleak and dark. This is the Acrobat of this album with its raw guitars. The dance textures add to the atmosphere. (9)
Wake Up Dead Men - Brings the album to a brilliant climax. The Achtung Baby style rawness of the guitars and Bono's voice heightens the emotion. It's a blinder. (10)
Although ATYCLB is better, this is still an underrated classic that vervaceously combines elements of old U2 with dance rhythms and electronic textures. Buy it now!
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