Review Summary: One of the greatest Rock albums to ever hit the market.
U2, in the past 20 years has globally shaped music forever. They have defined true inner being, and confidently changed the way people live and breath. Achtung Baby has accomplished the same. While the album isn't underrated, it has been praised by many for it's deeply emotional, gratifying, and body shaping work. Power, and relent seek to exist in the album, where you'll find beauty and rituals. 1991 brought eccentric Hip Hop, and curious new coming artists. Groups like The Beastie Boys, and Metallica both relinquished mind blowing albums, Self Titled, and Paul's Boutique. Despite P'B not being released in 1991, it was still giving recognition towards such.
You might condemn yourself to believe Achtung Baby is the greatest U2 release to hit the market, but in reality, many will agree. The runner up is the Joshua Tree. Achtung Baby has brought together many Americans, to help deal with anger, angst, hatred, betrayal, and lust. Many songs such as One, and Ultraviolet do such a thing. The classic opener Zoo Station begins with an atmospheric, and synthesized vocal done by your dearest man, Bono. Even Better Than The Real Thing starts off with a heavy guitar, and seductive lyrics. Then you scoot on over to the awe inspiring song, One, which releases power like no other. Until the End of The World is an abundant listen, with its distorted guitar, and down to earth chorus. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses maintains a superb chorus, and So Cruel embeds a story of betrayal, hate, and at the same time, love. The Fly climaxes Bono's alter ego, and Mysterious Ways comes in for magnetic melodies. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World is more of a quiet approach. Not to say it's *gulp* filler, but It seemingly lacks compared to the others. Ultraviolet sky rockets past Pluto, with the ecstatic vocals, and heart warming lyrics. Acrobat and Love is Blindness are the more darker recordings. They both deal with the strong power of love, and what it may wind up doing to a human being.
The lyrics are very strong, and deal with more than just your average "Puppy Love" ordeal. Much of the album is intense. I would consider Love Is Blindess, So Cruel, and One to be the most. Ultraviolets chorus is the pop driven "Baby, Baby, Baby" theme. Although the verses repentant the relentless words. One song even includes Religious matter, Until The End of The World. It imagined an argument between Jesus and Judas Iscariot. He states the spiritual matter he derives from, and what it's doing to cultivate him. Many more upbeat tracks are ones like Mysterious Ways, and The Fly.
U2 was determined for the sound to come out excellent on Achtung Baby. That drove in passsing. The sound is remarkable, especially from a 1991 release. Achtung Baby, for the sound, lyrics and production, has been acclaimed one of the greatest Rock LP's to ever be put on the market. It was marked number 71 for the 100 Best Albums Ever category.
This release has drove in many attentive fans to be lurking for the right U2 LP. This one is it. It has influenced dozens of artists that have came down the road. Really, there is nothing wrong with the album. In spite of some of their more poorer releases, Pop, and No Line On the Horizon, Achtung Baby peels off the etching mark to Rock, and gratifies the concepts of emotion, and power. Now we just have to see if U2 can pull an attempt like this one again. Will it happen? Who knows, but god has given us a gift, the gift of U2.