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I really dislike U2.,
This review is from: Achtung Baby (Audio CD)
I think U2 in 2009 are a pretty awful band, and I don't much care for them in any other year of their 30+ year career either.
But this record is awesome. Maybe it's down to Flood, maybe it's Larry Mullen Jr, maybe it's actually Bono. I don't know. But Achtung Baby has as good a batch of 'songs' as U2 have ever written, only for once those songs are allied to an awesome, enthralling set of arrangements and production values. Just get the minimalist start to So Cruel; the oddly flat but still actually very groovy rhythms throughout the album; the whole of Until The End Of The World & The Fly. The Edge is pretty fantastic throughout; all those riffs! What the hell is he even doing at the start of Zoo Station?! In fact the whole band are awesome all the way through this record. Pretty much everything they've done post Pop has been exercises in sounding as much like people think U2 sound as possible. Have they forgotten that, actually, U2 also sound like this, as well as The Joshua Tree?
And, you know what; there's not a hint of irony anywhere, unless we count some of the outfits in the sleeve photography. It's just a great record.