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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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This is one of three 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 earnest and flag waving sound of the 80s and it makes their widely documented reinvention on 'Achtung Baby' appear tame in comparison. For 51 minutes and 16 seconds, they sound like a band reborn. They loosen-up and God, for the most part, steps down from his pulpit and the result is a five star classic.

Originally conceived as a stop gap EP, the sessions went so well that this album resulted. Rush released with minimal fanfare in the summer of 1993 this is a U2 album for non U2 fans, even more so than the aforementioned 'Achtung Baby'. For the most part The Edge's traditional guitar sound takes a back seat and the band and their producers (Brian Eno and Mark "Flood" Ellis) plug in the synths and EXPERIMENT. Opener 'Zooropa' is an epic song of three parts - after a two minute faded-in intro, the songs kicks in at a mid tempo pace and then somersaults at the 4 minute mark and veers off in a totally different direction. God turns in a fine falsetto vocal delivery on 'Lemon' as the synths and keyboards are used to good effect with some cool beats - its U2, but not as you know them. Even the one song that sounds most like U2, 'Stay (Faraway, So Close!)', is ridiculously sublime and God sings it perfectly. Elsewhere there are plenty of electronic beats and some great bass (particularly on 'Some Days Are Better Than Others') and Johnny Cash puts in a solid vocal performance on album closer 'The Wanderer' (a song that U2 wrote and then realised that only Johnny Cash was qualified to sing it). Heady stuff indeed.
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