U2
Achtung Baby


5.0
classic

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 87 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


Achtung Baby was U2's 6th studio album. Recorded in 1991, U2's sound changed to a more personal one as opposed to the political sound heard on albums such as War. On this album, many songs have a more experimental and even funky sound to them. There are many classics on this album. To be honest, there is nothing at all to complain about this album, although, of course, some songs are stronger than others.

1. Zoo Station- Zoo Station is a great album opener. While the song doesn't compare to some of the brilliant songs on this album, it is still a worthy track. Bono's vocals have a strange effect on them, The Edge's guitar leads are great and the bass line is quite driving. The chorus is rather catchy. 3.5/5

2. Even Better Than The Real Thing- This song was one of the hits off this album. It is also the opening track of U2's 1990-2000 Best Of album. Another catchy song, with some slighty strange guitar sounds and a great drum beat. Bono's vocals are great as usual. 4.5/5

3. One- One was recently voted Best Song Of All Time by the readers of Q Magazine. While I was shocked that this song was so overrated, that doesn't stop it from being a true winner. One is a U2 classic with excellent lyrics and a very recognisable bass line. There are some good guitar parts in there as well. 5/5

4. Until The End Of The World- This song is another great one, The Edge's guitar solo being a highlight, along with some great lead stuff. Again, this song has a catchy bass line. This song is dedicated to Wim Wenders, whoever that may be. 4/5

5.Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses- This song has some rather dark lyrics, especially for U2. This is a good song, but one of those ones that seems to just be there, if you are a jumpy person, this would probably be one of the ones you'd skip. 3.5/5

6. So Cruel- Possibly the darkest song on the album, the lyrics are most likely about a failed relationship. Other than the lyrics, there is nothing too special to comment on, except for Bono's vocals, which had a lot of feeling. 4/5

7. The Fly- The Fly is a very rocking song. Great guitar riffs, great vocals from Bono, funky drum beats and some interesting stuff happening. One mentionable thing is Bono's voice singing 2 sets of lyrics in a high and low voice simultaniously. Great stuff. 4.5/5

8. Mysterious Ways- A true U2 classic. Great use of a wah pedal from the Edge. A simple, but very effective guitar part and excellent drum beat. One of the most uplifting songs out there, this song is a true classic, with lots of funk in it. One of my all time favourite songs. 5/5

9. Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World- A catchy number, but again, just one of those songs. Good lyrics, but nothing greatly interesting to comment on. Again, a simple melody, but very effective. 3.5/5

10. Ultra Violet (Light Your Way)- An Achtung Baby highlight. Some very funky guitar work, and Bono's vocals sound brilliant. An extremely uplifting song, with very uplifting lyrics. Good drumming as well, although nothing life changing. 5/5

11. Acrobat- Acrobat sounds similar to some of the 80's U2 stuff. Another uplifting track, a sort of "Don't let it get to you". Some great melodies happening here, with a top class guitar solo. 4.5/5

12. Love Is Blindness- I found this song to be great, but I was surprised that it was the album closer. While it's an ok song, there is nothing special about it imo, and it leaves the album on a fairly dismal note. Bono's vocals sound very echoey and The Edge uses a lot of feedback throughout the song. 4/5

Overall, Achtung Baby is one of my all time favourite U2 albums, second only to The Joshua Tree. Certainly my favourite 90's era album. Some real classics are on this album.

5/5



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br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 31st 2004


2125 Comments


Anyone at all heard this album?? :confused:

Anti-Bush
January 31st 2004


6 Comments


Fabulous album great review, Now if I could just see one for Joshua Tree.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
January 31st 2004


2125 Comments


I'll do one after I do the one I'm doing next. Lol, what a mouthful.

Welcometothezoo
May 31st 2004


36 Comments


Man Achtung Baby is masterful, one of my favourites. Good review. I wish i was old enough to go and see ZOO TV when it was around, i'm fixated by it. I love ZOO Station and The Fly, 'One' just goes without saying. And my god, as a U2 fan, I hate this debate about whether Achtung Baby is better than The Joshua Tree, or vis versa - they're incomparable - that's U2's genius.

flishnizzle123
May 31st 2004


1 Comments


i liked it

ZEROthirtythree
May 31st 2004


234 Comments


"One" and "Mysterious Ways" are tremendous songs. But the rest of the album is meh...

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 1st 2004


2125 Comments


They are the only ones I really listen to now. But I think the rest of the album is good too.

Badmoon
June 2nd 2004


384 Comments


Good review. It's interesting to see you do other reviews than just strait up Alternative. Keep um comin'

Det_Nosnip
June 21st 2004


374 Comments


One of the most underrated popular albums of all time, IMO...I love this album to death. :p

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 21st 2004


2125 Comments


It is pretty underrated....it always gets shadowed behind "The Joshua Tree" and "War"

nisakss
July 16th 2004


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How can you say that So Cruel has nothing to special about it, except bono's lyrics. The drum-n-bass are really intricated and thay create a really strange enviroment.

I think that this is one of the best albums ever made.

_underwhelmed
July 16th 2004


6 Comments


Good review. My favourite CD of all time from my favourite band of all time. This makes me think I should go listen to this CD.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 17th 2004


2125 Comments


Has anyone seen the "Go Home" DVD? I'm going to have to review it because I just bought it for my brother and it's amazing.

Uno
July 28th 2004


1 Comments


Good review and great CD. one of my faves of U2. Athough in my opinion thier greatest album is ATYCLB. A great comeback album after a few years.

red_hot_chillis_rule
April 18th 2005


17 Comments


i dont really like this album joshua tree is a much better album in my opinon i give this album 2.5/5

Jawaharal
June 8th 2005


1832 Comments


i used to have this cd but lost it I really liked it. Good review

Knoxvillelives
August 28th 2005


342 Comments


I really really dont like Mysterious Ways...the whole vibe seems really fake and oddly cheesy. I hate the lyrics and chorus and really wouldn't put it into U2's top 50 songs, let alone give it a 5. It just doesn't work for me

I prefer Joshua Tree

Med57
Moderator
August 28th 2005


1001 Comments


The Fly and One are the two best songs U2 have ever made in my opinion.

Dragon_Prince
October 14th 2005


272 Comments


The Fly, One and Trying to throw my arms around the world, are all great fabalous album

morrissey
Moderator
October 14th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha it's great to see your progression as a reviewer. This was.... yeah.

Great album though.This Message Edited On 10.14.05



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