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Old 01-01-2006, 08:08 AM   #1
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Achtung Baby vs. Ok Computer

I know there was a thread similar to this a few weeks ago (comparing albums), but since there was a new thread recently about Q´s 100 best albums of all time, I thought it would be nice to compare what I consider the two essential albums of the last 20 years.
These are my two favorite bands (U2 first!!), but it bothers me sometimes that critics fall all over themselves about OK Computer, but not as much about AB.
Anyway, here is my comparison:

1. Zoo Station > Airbag
Airbag is such a great song, but Zoo Station is pure statement and of course that awesome guitar riff at the beginning.

2. EBTTRT<Paranoid Android
Both great songs and EBTTRT grooves so well, but Paranoid Android is pure genius.

3. One>Subterranian Homesick Alien
Actually more difficult than it seems to pick One. But One is One, isn´t it?

4. UTEOTW>Exit Music
UTEOTW is intense. Actually I think this is one of U2´s most stellar moments.

5.WGTRYWH<Let Down
Let Down almost brings me to tears everytime I hear it. But the mid-8 of WGTRYWH is one of the best I´ve ever heard.

6. So Cruel< Karma Police
It is "so cruel" to have to say this, but Karma Police is one of the best songs I´ve ever heard. But, aghhh it was close!!

7. The Fly>Fitter Happier
Do I really need to explain myself on this one?

8. Mysterious Ways>Electioneering
Electioneering is pretty much a marginal song that adds nothing special to the album.

9. TTTYAATW<Climbing up the Walls
Climbing of the Walls is one of the creepiest and most atmospheric songs I´ve ever heard. Just love it!!

10. Ultraviolet>No Surprises
This is a very close one too since I think these are decent but not great songs. I just think Ultraviolet has more juice to it, even with the "baby, baby, baby".

11. Acrobat>Lucky
Acrobat is INCREDIBLE!!!!! Lucky is good, but nothing special.

12. Love is Blindness>The Tourist
Both are great slow and smokey songs to end the album, but Love is Blindness is just beautiful and dripping with atmosphere.

AB-8
OK Computer-4

I think that U2 does not get enough credit for being just as forward thinking as Radiohead with their sound and vision. Remember that AB also spawned ZOO TV, which was unprecedented and set the standards of touring today.
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Re: Achtung Baby vs. Ok Computer

As a whole listening experience...

Ok Computer by far

You simply can´t take Ok Computer as 12 different songs, it´s much more than that, is A WHOLE ALBUM

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I respect your opinions because OK Computer is truly a work of art ---- in MY opinion.... BUT, I think it's the other way around for me. I can't listen to OK at one sitting - just not that personal (or human) to me. AB is a different type of art that is more literal.
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Achtung Baby Beats Ok Computer in every way possible for me.
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Achtung Baby and Ok Computer are also my two favourite albums!
I think I prefer Airbag to Zoo Station but apart from that I agree with you 100 percent, Mogi
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Yeah, the Airbag vs. Zoo Station was a tough one too. But I guess it´s sentimental (Zoo) because I will never forget standing in line at midnight to buy AB and hearing the thrust of Edge´s opening guitar for Zoo. It sounded like a jet flew over and everyone´s jaw just dropped. Ahhh, what a moment!!
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Re: Achtung Baby vs. Ok Computer

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Originally posted by Mogi

These are my two favorite bands (U2 first!!), but it bothers me sometimes that critics fall all over themselves about OK Computer, but not as much about AB.
I find this frustrating, too. U2 are always way down the line for all kinds of critics' lists. I'm not sure why. Perhaps they're not viewed as being as technically gifted as bands such as Radiohead. I love them both for similar reasons: they create soundscapes and moods no other band are capable of, or at least very few of them are. The Arcade Fire are moving up the ranks.

I also think that the weirdness of Zoo Tv and Zooropa must have had an influence on Radiohead, and it probably pushed them to go the extra mile with their own sound, instead of copying it.

I'd seriously have to rank both Ok Computer and AB as equals, as each is equally brilliant.


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1. Zoo Station > Airbag
Airbag is such a great song, but Zoo Station is pure statement and of course that awesome guitar riff at the beginning.


GibsonGirl has an excellent take on Zoo..

http://forum.interference.com/showth...5&pagenumber=3
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I gotta learn how to appreciate Zoo Station some more one day.
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Achtung Baby Beats Ok Computer in every way possible for me.
Of course.
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Re: Re: Achtung Baby vs. Ok Computer

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OK Computer is great, but it doesn't mean as much to me personally as Achtung Baby.
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Achtung Baby slaughters OK Computer. It's not as if OK Computer is really that great anyway and I don't understand why it's so highly rated. Electioneering is a good song, but otherwise, the album's unremarkable.
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Achtung Baby slaughters OK Computer. It's not as if OK Computer is really that great anyway and I don't understand why it's so highly rated. Electioneering is a good song, but otherwise, the album's unremarkable.
Paranoid Android
Exit Music
Let Down
Karma Police
Climbing Up The Walls
No Surprises
Lucky

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Originally posted by Axver
Achtung Baby slaughters OK Computer. It's not as if OK Computer is really that great anyway and I don't understand why it's so highly rated. Electioneering is a good song, but otherwise, the album's unremarkable.
IMO Electioneering is the worst song on OK barring Fitter Happier which was an interesting idea that didn't quite come off. In my view Electioneering is just an unadventurous song and not up to most of the rest of the album.

OK Computer is excellent - but nevertheless I prefer Achtung.
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I'm an U2 diehard and a casual Radiohead fan... OK Computer is great but overrated IMO, I prefer The Bends...

So Achtung it is, no contest...

Although Paranoid Android, Karma Police and Climbing up the walls...
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Actually, in my opinion, The Bends is Radioheads best album.....................................................and of course i go for Baby!!
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Well, this is no poll to me - Radiohead bores me to tears.
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Achtung Baby slaughters OK Computer. It's not as if OK Computer is really that great anyway and I don't understand why it's so highly rated. Electioneering is a good song, but otherwise, the album's unremarkable.
yes of course, "i don't understand" pretty much explains everything here doesn't it?

you don't get it.

but that's alright, we're at a u2 forum anyway.
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