This is a terrific album from U2, with almost every song being memorable and well crafted. This is an album with lots of poetic, emotional songs, with both introspection and observations about society in general. Most importantly, though, the songs are musically memorable, with both Bono and Edge's guitar singing on tracks like Mysterious Ways, One, Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World, & Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. Other excellent tracks include The Fly, Ultraviolet, & So Cruel. Love Is Blindness is an almost somber song, changing the tempo from other songs and contrasting with the grungy industrial feel of the album opening Zoo Station. This album has the energy of the live U2 band, making it perhaps "even better than the real thing," another solid song from Achtung Baby. The song "Acrobot" is an excellent ode to hypocrisy, and that title could also describe Bono's vocal acrobatics when he uses his falsetto on the track "One." This album is possibly U2's best, and highly recommended for anyone interested in hearing modern rock music's best talent.
'Achtung' has to rate as one of two of the best albums by U2. It ranks with 'Joshua Tree,' which has more variety, even if 'Achtung' gratifies the listener with more immediacy. U2 reinvents their own sound wheel with the help of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, once again, but with "Flood" added to the helm. The lyrics cover the gamut of love realized and unrealized with the fluency and passion of their best work. Their skill and repertoire are furthered on this outing. "One" … more
Pros: Too many to list Cons: "Mysterious Ways" is too short The Bottom Line: Best record ever made. It's that simple. A must-own even if you hate U2. Recently, U2s The Joshua Tree was voted by a panel of critics as the greatest record of all time. The one thing I can say for those critics is, at least they got the band right. I take nothing away from the magnificent Joshua Tree in this review, but we all know what idiots … more
,Achtung Baby is U2's CD that has made me change my attitude towards the band. The rhythms and special effects are extremely creative especially on Zoo Station, Mysterious Ways, and So Cruel. Furthermore, One is truly a beautiful emotional song. Definitely one of U2's all time best songs based on the lyrics, vocals, and effects. Love Is Blindness is another captivating piece. Love the piano accompanyment and the guitar soling at the end is just awesome. Its certainly a team effort on … more
"I'm ready / Ready for what's next," Bono announces at the outset ofAchtung Baby, the album that proved the so-called "band of the '80s" was capable of blazing into the '90s by replacing its flag-waving arena-rock stance with screaming synths, clubby rhythms, and industrial skronk. The group advances its sound without losing accessibility on "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Even Better Than the Real Thing," and "Mysterious Ways," while pushing the envelope a bit more on "The Fly," "Zoo Station," and "Acrobat." The moody ballad "One" is arguably the finest song the band has produced, full of sorrow, compassion, and hope all at the same time.--Daniel Durchholz