U2
Zooropa


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mookid USER (26 Reviews)
September 1st, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One snazzy, detail-oriented album that shifts away from the common U2 sound, and introduces a unique electronic sound

In essence, U2's Zooropa is extremely similar to their predecessor, Achtung Baby musically. Toying with various genres such as electronic dance music, alternative rock, and nods of industrial rock, Zooropa is easily one of their most creative albums they've ever produced. Although somewhat disliked by the group (they've made plenty of comments and remarks claiming that they had mixed feelings for this record), I would honestly consider this album to be stellar. Musically, the group's sound here is on a polar opposite; instead of their common rock sound, we are met with electronic and alternative rock arrangements, setting a more exotic flavor for the album. The synthesizer here is a prominent instrument, as the effects, noises, and flutters reflect solely back on this instrument. Luckily, U2 pulls this off superbly and creates a hypnotizing masterpiece.

As "exotic" and dazzling as the artwork is, the music is surprisingly held up quite well (face it, the artwork is a little ridiculous, or for some, straight up eye-candy). Guitars on this record seem to creep in only when they're politely asked, while synthesizers, voice effects, and other electronic sounds run the show accordingly. Although guitars and the "trademark U2" might be nonexistent here, their interesting fuse of genres here work brilliantly and magically, something that is not attainable on any other U2 record (other than perhaps Achtung Baby in a few cases). Lyrically, the album is mainly comprised of words related to the uprising of technology (also media); because of them adopting heavily to technology during that day and age (around 1992/1993), this would eventually grow to be reflected with the album's sound.

There seems to be a little bit more "playfulness" on this record; the song arrangements are quite relaxing, chill, and euphoric. "Zooropa" is a good example of this, as this song is centered around a blurry guitar melody, a calm rhythm section, and a few radio voice recordings thrown in here and there. This is easily one of the greatest tracks on the record, and one of the lengthiest as well. The twinkling "Babyface" is alluring with its seductive melody, and "Lemon" is possibly their most electronic-gripped track. Near disco sounding, the track has a wonderful, cute melody met with a dazzling piano section in the chorus. The song is about Bono's mother (in relation to a dress she always wore, which was evidently "lemon" colored), and is actually their longest song ever recorded. The beautifully emotional "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" is another fantastic track, along with the bluesy "Daddy's Gonna Paid for Your Crashed Car."

For its creativity, this album gets a fantastic reception from me. The experimentation along with the interesting effects are a woozy here, and create a unique atmosphere that isn't found on any other album from them. I'd probably recommend this album to U2 fans, and a person who is a die hard fan of early electronic music such as Kraftwerk. Despite not having any real elements of clear-cut U2, Zooropa still manages to find its own niche as another wonderfully made album. It is an excellent record, and a special one wrapped in something large and gigantic.



Recent reviews by this author
Omar S Just Ask the LonelyVNV Nation Empires
Bloodhound Gang Hooray For BoobiesVNV Nation Of Faith, Power and Glory
Crossfire Collision Panic FaceStatic-X Cannibal
user ratings (524)
3.3
great
other reviews of this album
scotish (4.5)
Dreaming out loud....

JohnXDoesn't (4)
...

ArnoldtheRubberDucky (4)
U2 may not have radio hits, but this minor work of art is experimental enough to carry it's own weig...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Mookid
September 1st 2014


1485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Digging this album





Probably my 3rd favorite from them q





lz41
September 1st 2014


187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album is thin.

Pos tho.

Supercoolguy64
September 1st 2014


9246 Comments


lemonheads are nice candies. Also good review

MrSirLordGentleman
September 1st 2014


12990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

U2 is underrated in sputnik but this album isn't good

Muisc4Life26
September 1st 2014


3468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review The Unforgettable Fire next!

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


7502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

U2 is underrated in sputnik but this album isn't good [2]



Love "Zooropa", "Stay", and perhaps "Some Days Are Better Than Others" but the rest are fairly meh. Also I always hated that alarm at the end of the record lol.

Snake.
September 1st 2014


21843 Comments


"U2 is underrated in sputnik but this album isn't good"



Album Rating: 3.0

Digging: Tricot - Makkuro

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


43206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

I dig this

Digging: Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - Unlocked

MrSirLordGentleman
September 1st 2014


12990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Even though a 3 os "good" by sputnik standards it is usually used for average albums by the community

TwigTW
September 1st 2014


3825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The band took a chance, and there are some great songs, but I think it should have been an EP (as originally planned) . . . I like that Johnny Cash shows up to sing the last song.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


43206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

There are definitely weaker moments but Stay is one of their best and most of the others are great tunes

menawati
September 1st 2014


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

awful, WAR and Achtung >>>>>>>>>>>>> it

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2014


43206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Obviously those two are the best

ksoflas
September 1st 2014


1286 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review man, pos'd.

Zooropa is so inovative and ground breaking album for the band but a bit inconsisted. Their next effort Pop combines classic guitar driven U2 sound with this electronic aura and imho rules hard.

Apollo
September 1st 2014


10680 Comments


This is one of the worst U2 albums. And I like U2.

JohnTheSavage
December 18th 2014


96 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

90's U2 is unquestionably my favorite U2. I love the first side of this album, but the second side is boring except for the ballads.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2014


18890 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It drags as it goes on but agreed the first few tracks rule

Digging: Tame Impala - The Slow Rush



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy