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Old 03-09-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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U2 In March 2005 Blender: Every CD reviewed

Unfortunately, I can't scan this right now (hopefully someone will!), but in Blender's "Back Catalogue" Feature, every U2 Cd is rated. I'll give you a summary...(this should be on www.Blender.com sometime in the next few days, I assume)

Essential:
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
All That You Can't Leave Behind

Great:
War
Best Of 1980-1990
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Good:
Boy
The Unforgettable Fire
Rattle And Hum
Best Of 1990-2000

Be Careful:
October
Under A Blood Red Sky
Zooropa
Pop

For Fans Only:
Wide Awake In America
Melon:Remixes For Propaganda
Passengers:Original Soundtracks I
Hasta La Vista:Live From Mexico City
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I can't believe they rank ATYCLB over HTDAAB. And no love for UABRS? Blasphemy! But I agree with the rest of it.
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That is the way a typical US magazine would rank them. No surprises really at all there.

I would change a lot of things myself and they put things on there that arent even albums but I guess they consider hasta la vista an album.
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That is the way a typical US magazine would rank them. No surprises really at all there.

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the order. I would put ATCYLB a lot lower and Zooropa and UF higher. Aside from that the rankings are not unreasonable.
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Re: U2 In March 2005 Blender: Every CD reviewed

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Essential:
All That You Can't Leave Behind

If that's essential, than I'm responsible for Bush's admin. being re-elected
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In what bizarro world are Boy AND Rattle & Hum better than Pop AND Zooropa?

And yeah, the idea that ATYCLB is essential over The Bomb is fucking laughable.

Someone should switch the "blender" to puree and get rid of their editorial board.


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The second I saw this list, I knew it would get a rise out of posters here.
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Blender and Rolling Stone are filled with professional critics who have been listening to all sorts of music since time immemorial.

U2 fans are a biased bunch with limited musical exposure unlike professional music magazines.

So Blender thinks ATYCLB is great, right up there with Achtung and Joshua Tree. This view is supported by Rolling Stone magazine that ATYCLB is U2's third masterpiece. So I think these guys know what they are talking about.

One of the reasons why I love HTDAAB so much is its core sound which makes it much like a supplement or annex to ATYCLB. They tackle the same musical soundscapes (anthemic Walk On, epic City Of Blinding Lights), the same quintessential Edge guitar sounds (Beautiful Day, Miracle Drug), the same raw Bono screams that was absent in POP ("walk on" "touch me" "I can feel"), the gospel falsettos ("and if the night runs over...", "and it's you when I look in the mirror").

So while HTDAAB may seem like an improvement over its father, ATYCLB, it wasn't the original. ATYCLB is the original dog and is the one that made U2 return to their roots. Hence, it's preferred position in U2's music history.

I actually prefer the melodies and lyrics of HTDAAB over ATYCLB and I think it is a better album. But ATYCLB was just special, considering the circumstances under which they were released -- coming off experimental commercial failure and self-doubt.

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Blender and Rolling Stone are filled with professional critics who have been listening to all sorts of music since time immemorial.

U2 fans are a biased bunch with limited musical exposure unlike professional music magazines.

So Blender thinks ATYCLB is great, right up there with Achtung and Joshua Tree. This view is supported by Rolling Stone magazine that ATYCLB is U2's third masterpiece. So I think these guys know what they are talking about.

One of the reasons why I love HTDAAB so much is its core sound which makes it much like a supplement or annex to ATYCLB. They tackle the same musical soundscapes (anthemic Walk On, epic City Of Blinding Lights), the same quintessential Edge guitar sounds (Beautiful Day, Miracle Drug), the same raw Bono screams that was absent in POP ("walk on" "touch me" "I can feel"), the gospel falsettos ("and if the night runs over...", "and it's you when I look in the mirror").

So while HTDAAB may seem like an improvement over its father, ATYCLB, it wasn't the original. ATYCLB is the original dog and is the one that made U2 return to their roots. Hence, it's preferred position in U2's music history.

I actually prefer the melodies and lyrics of HTDAAB over ATYCLB and I think it is a better album. But ATYCLB was just special, considering the circumstances under which they were released -- coming off experimental commercial failure and self-doubt.

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I actually agree with pretty much your whole post minus your last paragraph. HTDAAB is a better collection of songs, ATYCLB is the better album.
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Not sure i'd call ATYCLB - Essential
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And 'Be Careful' of Zooropa?!
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The second I saw this list, I knew it would get a rise out of posters here.

It's always easy to get a rise out of this little Aardvark - especially this early in the day!
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I would add War to JT and AB as essential albums.
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It's always easy to get a rise out of this little Aardvark - especially this early in the day!
BE CAREFUL OF ZOOROPA! What do you have to say to that now, huh, huh?



I figured this was just another piece of mindless critical journalism thatt's not worth my time. I don't need some guy at a magazine to tell me what is and isn't good music.
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Well, for whatever it's worth, I'd put it (given that "Be Careful" means "inconsistent or just weird" and not necessarily "bad"):

Essential:
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
The Unforgettable Fire

Great:
Zooropa
Pop

Good:
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind
October

Be Careful:
War
Rattle And Hum
Boy

For Fans Only:
Under A Blood Red Sky
Wide Awake In America
Passengers:Original Soundtracks I

Who Gives A Fuck About Compilations:
Best Of 1980-1990
Best Of 1990-2000

I Hate Remixes:
Melon:Remixes For Propaganda

Just Get the Damn Bootleg Instead:
Hasta La Vista:Live From Mexico City
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"Be Careful" of Zooropa? Obviously the people at Blender are idiots.
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ATYCLB really is the band's third masterpiece..........HTDAAB is seventh on my list of favorites.........I know some of you were disappointed with ATYCLB, but it has some of the best pop songwriting I've ever heard and everything has a bigger effect on me than HTDAAB, which is a really good album, but a lot of the songs are either more about rocking (Vertigo, All Because Of You) or whatever.....I don't know, I think the themes on ATYCLB are more universal, and most of the general public seems to prefer that album according to reviews I've read on Amazon and nonfans that I know...
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Well, for whatever it's worth, I'd put it (given that "Be Careful" means "inconsistent or just weird" and not necessarily "bad"):

Essential:
The Joshua Tree
Achtung Baby
The Unforgettable Fire

Great:
Zooropa
Pop

Good:
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind
October

Be Careful:
War
Rattle And Hum
Boy

For Fans Only:
Under A Blood Red Sky
Wide Awake In America
Passengers:Original Soundtracks I

Who Gives A Fuck About Compilations:
Best Of 1980-1990
Best Of 1990-2000

I Hate Remixes:
Melon:Remixes For Propaganda

Just Get the Damn Bootleg Instead:
Hasta La Vista:Live From Mexico City
I might have 'Boy' in the good category, but other than that, FUCKING SPOT ON.
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I actually agree with pretty much your whole post minus your last paragraph. HTDAAB is a better collection of songs, ATYCLB is the better album.
I am the exact opposite. I feel ATYCLB is the better collection of songs and HTDAAB is the better album.

Still, at least this list rated both albums very highly. And while I agree with their "For Fans Only" selection, I disagree a lot with their "Good" and "Be Careful" lists.
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