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Good If Not Quite Over The Top

  • Dec 24, 2002
Pop is not the most commercial U2 recording on the planet. Nonetheless, this is certainly an intriuging piece of work. The band utilizes a lot of creative rhythms and varying tones specifically on such tunes like Discotheque, Please, Staring At The Sun, and Last Night On Earth.

The Edge is in fine form on guitar. Even though the guitar sounds are not always front and center, the solos are pretty unique from track to track.

Bono is a bit inconsistent in the vocal area. On tracks such as Mofo and If You Wear That Velvet Dress, he sounds muffled as it is difficult to make out the words. However on If God Will Send His Angels and Last Night On Earth the emotion is quite strong.

Overall, this is a good effort by U2 as there are seven pretty good to excellent tunes. They experiment with different sounds without going too overboard. Change is a good thing. However, songwise, the effort is a little short of Achtung Baby.

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Label: Island
Artist: U2
Release Date: March 4, 1997

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