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4.0 out of 5 stars The decade U2 reinvented themselves, 4 Nov. 2002
This review is from: The Best Of 1990-2000 (2CD) (Audio CD)
Doubtless this compliation of the high points of a turbulent decade for the world's biggest Irish rock band will not fare as well as its forerunner, The Best Of 1980 - 1990 - which is a shame, as it's brilliant. The 90's saw U2 radically revise their sound - reinventing their own sound to beat detractors waiting to claim the band were stale and irrelevent. To a massive extent they succeeded - from the bizarre, opening chimes of Even Better Than the Real Thing to the dense, dance-fuelled excesses of Discotheque, this was the decade that four men not only 'chopped down the Joshua Tree' but set fire to it for good measure.
While this compilation does not sit in any kind of chronological order, it's a fascinating insight into a band that constantly developed, brought in themes and ideas which would have been unthinkable only a few years previously. The track selection has clearly been thought about - it even contains a few surprises. Zooropa's 'The First Time' is an unlikely addition here, but sounds part of the whole and very different with a few years on it. 2000's 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' is sparsely represented, and some intelligent new mixes from the much-maligned 'Pop' album really make sense here.
If you bought the first 'Best Of' because you wanted to have some U2 in your collection, you'll take longer to get into this one - but as a document of a turbulent decade full of uncertainty and changing landscapes, The Best Of 1990-2000 is essential listening.
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