I have to give credit to U2 for being creative and developing different styles in their music. Achtung Baby is a true classic recording. However, the band decided to experiment with techno beats and spooky synthesizer and guitar effects. And you know what, it works somewhat.
Through all the catchy stylings, the songs are a bit hit and miss. I like the title track, Lemon, The Wanderer, and several others. However memorable melodies are a little bit thin. Nonetheless, this is a groove oriented recording and I can certainly appreciate what it brings to the table. Just do not make this the first CD you own by U2.
U2's 'Zooropa' is a bit of a let-down after their magnificent 'Achtung Baby'. It is a brave, new effort that goes into more of a "space age" feel, adding to the technology of its predecessor. The subject matter is more bleak, not unlike a series of depressed creations by "Major Tom". It seems to look at the state of affairs, like usual; only this time Bosnia and technology seem to have staved off the party atmosphere of 'Achtung...'. Significantly, that one was done after the fall of the Berlin … more
Following the band's Zoo TV tour, which took aim at consumerism and media overload, U2 brought those themes and the complex, futuristic sound of its preceding album,Achtung Baby, to their somewhat illogical conclusion onZooropa, the group's most chaotic, cutting-edge work. The monotone techno-rap "Numb" leads the way, while "Lemon" offers reminders ofDavid Bowie's Berlin trilogy of more than a decade before. Best of all is "The Wanderer," featuring a guest vocal by country-music iconJohnny Cash. His bottomless baritone sounds bizarre over burbling synthesizers, but Bono's trenchant lyric about a postapocalyptic seeker of sensation and experience before he repents nails Cash's legend at least as well as he ever has himself.--Daniel Durchholz