U2
Achtung Baby


5.0
classic

Review

by Ryan W. USER (25 Reviews)
October 18th, 2011 | 14 replies | 2,686 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most heart warming and yet brilliantly dark crafted albums ever created.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

The amount of vibe and praise U2 has accomplished over the years has been practically unfathomable. One could not almost comprehend the amount of sales and publicity the group has achieved in the course of 2 whole decades. It's been a rather powerful and rich journey U2 has seen climbing over them. With the emotional side of "The Joshua Tree", to the more inconsistent and misplaced "Pop." However, "Achtung Baby" slides into being more than just a classic, but a practical odyssey all in one.

U2's overall idea of lyrics and themes includes the following: Anger, Betrayal, Faith, Spirituality and Lust. There are far more accounted for, but these are the main ones encountered on AB. The themes and placements of the lyrics on the songs are brilliantly arranged. They bounce back from being down to earth, to absolute hatred built within. I always find it somewhat amusing how Bono can manage to maintain the gut reaction without having an awkward moment. Let me tell you something, It NEVER happens. The pure emotion the man can round up is almost a fantasy for every song. More than likely, the listener may feel a bit anxious throughout, or solely pleased with the tales Bono explains in the songs. The thing I've noticed is how the sequence of the songs actually runs through. One song may be the most upbeat tune you've ever heard, and the next will be the darkest. Despite some of them being out of place, they are all adjusted into an outstanding story.

That's why they all set a specific mood for themselves. The opener "Zoo Station" starts off with a low heavily distorted guitar, almost Industrial sounding, with it gradually building up to Bono's voice taking over. "One" is probably the most well know U2 song. It's carried away with a quiet bass, and powerful lyrics explaining struggling relationships. "So Cruel" is one of my favorites, and the most darkest. The very shadowed piano which carries out the song through the entire thing is superbly crafted. The themes about being betrayed, lust, and overall gut wrenching disgust give this song its name. Bono's yodeling specialty played in this song is amazingly done. It really adds to the atmosphere and each time Bono stages it throughout, it anticipates more of a strong emotion to come within the next time he delivers it. "Ultraviolet" and "Acrobat" both explain choked relationships that are trying to stand back on foot, but with uneasy progress. Both of them also revolve towards overall desperately needing help towards something specific, and weakness. "Until the End of the World" is about Bono having a conversation with Jesus Christ. The Guitar's sound in the Chorus of the song is literally wicked. The brightly filled whiny strings are a huge highlight.

The legacy of this album is basically not compatible with a lot of records to date in the Rock world. U2 has shaped America emotionally and made some aspects of the country stronger and tougher. It would be a shock to see a person not feel somehow motivated by the songs put out on Achtung Baby. All of them are displayed in a very positive way, despite some being extremely dark. While this album is nearly 25 years old, it still remains as a legend. A legend in the Music field.



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Megadeth
October 18th 2011



935 Comments


album sucks penis

Restrikted
October 18th 2011



1889 Comments


not really. and that was a pretty lightning fast comment right there Megadeth lol

BigHans
October 18th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

album is brilliant

Nomad
October 18th 2011



247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hate Bono, but love this album.

KILL
October 18th 2011



71253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

m/

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

Inveigh
October 18th 2011



24879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules

like War (and probably Joshua Tree) better though

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2011



7164 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You know what's going to rock so hard?

That super epic Ultra Collectors Edition remaster coming out at the end of this month.

kangaroopoo
October 18th 2011



3175 Comments


^Remaster would be great.

Nice review. Awesome run of albums from War to this.

Restrikted
October 18th 2011



1889 Comments


Thanks man, and yeah I'm looking forward to the remaster m/

Cheesewireism
October 18th 2011



161 Comments


It seems like a perfectly good review to me. Though the description of each song is a little short.

Restrikted
October 18th 2011



1889 Comments


Yeah I noticed that shortly afterwards.

Blackbelt54
October 18th 2011



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a few grammatical errors, but good review overall, pos'd

I need to listen to this again to see if I "get" it

Carnifex
October 18th 2011



1918 Comments


Great album but I prefer War.

Blackbelt54
October 18th 2011



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah War and the Joshua Tree are my favorites



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