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Wide Awake in America

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An album by U2

The defining moment of 1985's Live Aid music festival was U2's pulsing, magical performance of "Bad," where Bono climbed down into the audience and danced with a young woman while millions watched, for almost 20 minutes. The album version of … see full wiki

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'85 Memento Awakens Us

  • Oct 7, 2006
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'Wide Awake in America' is a fine postcard from America. The title hearkens a theme that "In God's Country" U2 would elaborate on for 'The Joshua Tree'. Their live versions of "Bad" and "A Sort of Homecoming" are nice mementos that don't really add to their legacy. The latter rendition is breezy and relaxing without the tension and build-up of the original 'Unforgettable Fire' opening anthem. It is heartwarming, even if it lacks passion. Similarly, their live version of "Bad" is more engaging than firey or urgent. The originals are essential, however. "Three Sunrises," which can now be found on the B-sides of their "limited" 1980-1990 collection, is exhiliarating. Sounding like a beautiful Native American hymn at the beginning, Edge's fine guitar interplay and the propulsiveness of the band meet the occasion with a passionate love song, sung for humanity. "Love Comes Tumbling" is also a gem. Closing the album, it is a complexly layered, but quietly beautiful love song.

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Label: Island
Artist: U2
Release Date: June 15, 1990

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