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Old 12-31-2017, 10:49 AM   #1
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Explain this one to me . . .

I've seen some remarkably dumb comments on album rankings before.

But scan this ranking, read the #3 entry (Zooropa), and tell me if you see a problem here . . .

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Well, it's all subjective anyway. There's a few people on here who rank Zooropa pretty highly too, although I'm not sure if it's in their '3' spot or whatever.
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Zooropa is my next number one album. Has been for years
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#3 is too low.

But yes, the ranking and writeup do not match up at all. It's like the writing and lists were done by different people.
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Well, it's all subjective anyway. There's a few people on here who rank Zooropa pretty highly too, although I'm not sure if it's in their '3' spot or whatever.
It's not their ranking that had me scratching my head. It was their comment:

3. 'Zooropa' (1993)
Originally meant to be an EP to promote their Zoo TV tour, 'Zooropa' was eventually expanded to be a full LP. And although it was their worst record of the decade, that's more a testament to the strength of 'Achtung Baby' and 'Pop' than the shortcomings here. While this album thrives because of experimental songs like "Lemon," "Numb" and the title track, more traditional numbers like "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," "The First Time" and "The Wanderer," the latter of which features Johnny Cash on vocals, are strong lighthouses for when things perhaps get a bit too weird.

How could Zooropa be "their worst album of the decade" in this reviewer's mind if they have POP ranked at 14?

They even go on to say "that's more a testament to the strength of . . POP than the shortcomings here."

It's a puzzler.
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I would have Zooropa at number 3 without hesitation if it weren't for PoP, in which case i might have them both tied for 3rd place depending upon my mood. I love both albums and treasure the colossal mind fuck that follows a good listen as it starts to sink in and gravity is lost into the night.

I don't really want to die but when i do, if 'the wanderer' is the last song i am hearing as the soul prepares for escape, then perhaps i will be more intrigued about where i am going than fearful of what is taking place.
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It's not their ranking that had me scratching my head. It was their comment:

3. 'Zooropa' (1993)
Originally meant to be an EP to promote their Zoo TV tour, 'Zooropa' was eventually expanded to be a full LP. And although it was their worst record of the decade, that's more a testament to the strength of 'Achtung Baby' and 'Pop' than the shortcomings here. While this album thrives because of experimental songs like "Lemon," "Numb" and the title track, more traditional numbers like "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," "The First Time" and "The Wanderer," the latter of which features Johnny Cash on vocals, are strong lighthouses for when things perhaps get a bit too weird.

How could Zooropa be "their worst album of the decade" in this reviewer's mind if they have POP ranked at 14?

They even go on to say "that's more a testament to the strength of . . POP than the shortcomings here."

It's a puzzler.
Ah, I see. Didn't catch that part, so yeah, maybe it did have something to do with different people writing it after all?
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I don't really want to die but when i do, if 'the wanderer' is the last song i am hearing as the soul prepares for escape, then perhaps i will be more intrigued about where i am going than fearful of what is taking place.
I've always imagined myself checking out while listening to MLK.

A friend of mine prefers Kite in that scenario.
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I've always imagined myself checking out while listening to MLK.

A friend of mine prefers Kite in that scenario.
I guess that shows maturity. At a different age in a parallel universe i might have wanted to expire to BGAB (big girls are best, for the acronym impaired)()
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It's not their ranking that had me scratching my head. It was their comment:

3. 'Zooropa' (1993)
Originally meant to be an EP to promote their Zoo TV tour, 'Zooropa' was eventually expanded to be a full LP. And although it was their worst record of the decade, that's more a testament to the strength of 'Achtung Baby' and 'Pop' than the shortcomings here. While this album thrives because of experimental songs like "Lemon," "Numb" and the title track, more traditional numbers like "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," "The First Time" and "The Wanderer," the latter of which features Johnny Cash on vocals, are strong lighthouses for when things perhaps get a bit too weird.

How could Zooropa be "their worst album of the decade" in this reviewer's mind if they have POP ranked at 14?

They even go on to say "that's more a testament to the strength of . . POP than the shortcomings here."

It's a puzzler.
So, if I'm reading this right, they praise six out of ten songs right after saying it's the worst U2 album of the decade? It's got four songs that aren't great, what a load of garbage!
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Yeah, that write up is kind of dumb.
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But yes, the ranking and writeup do not match up at all. It's like the writing and lists were done by different people.
One can only assume.

But how odd if true.

I've seen lists and rankings made by consensus of course, but who organized a list like this allowing blatant contradictions?
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That’s not the cover of The Unforgettable Fire, either.
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