Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Playlist Wednesday

9 albums down - 3 more to go. Here is the review from today's listening pleasure and I use the term 'pleasure' very loosely.



U2 - Achtung Baby

Like Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby is an album with which (is that even grammatically correct?) I was somewhat familiar. I was in high school at the time and you had to be living in the far reaches of the Earth to not hear the singles from this album. Mysterious Ways and Even Better Than The Real Thing are solid but not spectacular but I'm still not much of a fan of Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. I would listen to that song without getting angry now (big step) but I wouldn't seek it out. I realize that One has been played out possibly more than any other U2 song ever written. Commercials, movies, movie trailers, tv, the song has been everywhere. Most people would scream that this song has been sold out but I think the real reason it has been used in so many mediums is because it is one of the greatest songs ever written. There I said it. One hidden gem that I don't think I had ever heard was So Cruel. Bono's vocals soar effortlessly and maybe it was because I was lacking in quality tunes to listen to today but I found myself going back to that song often. All in all I would say Achtung is third on their list of albums behind Joshua and Rattle so far.



U2 - Zooropa

I read that this album was originally supposed to be an EP and it was recorded while on the road during the Zoo TV tour. Probably should have stuck with that plan. Not a lot to like here. In my opinion this is by far their most experimental album and one of their weakest. I always had a soft spot for the song Numb, possibly because the video for the song was reenacted with Barney in my Senior Class assembly but regardless, I like the randomness of the song, it would fit right in on a Radiohead album. Other than that you have Stay (Faraway, So Close!) and Wanderer (featuring Johnny Cash) as the only other real gems on this album. It was kind of fun to think to myself, "what the what? Is that Johnny Cash?" as the album wound down. Not fun though? The alarm noise that plays at the end of the album for about 10 seconds. However I did discover that rather than being the answer to the question "What is the most annoying sound on the planet?" the siren would be the answer to "What is an alarm that sounds when disc jockeys have 10 seconds of dead air?" Remember that when you are on Jeopardy.




U2 - Pop

Hands down the worst album U2 has ever put out. I imagine most of their fans expected some Zen like music but instead were treated to this. I will never listen to this album again and I will pretend that it never even existed.

11 comments:

Spammon said...

Although this has nothing to do with U2, the new Easy Star album, Lonely Hearts Dub Band is out. If you want a copy, let me know.

KG said...

I would indeed like a copy. Bring it to Sushi night and I'll bring you a disc with all of the Rockabye Baby albums (unless you already found those) for your unborn seed.

Spammon said...

KG - Or you can snag it right off my server. Do you still remember the login?

KG said...

Do you still have my email address? I just searched through mine and I can't find the login. Resend it if you don't mind, kind sir.

brohammas said...

hey spam, you offering cross continent?
Me likey... Dub that is, NOT anything from Achtum Baby.

I only liked them back when they were Irish.

KG said...

That's because "If it's not Irish... it's CRAP!" I think it's supposed to be Scottish in that quote but humor me.

Spammon said...

KG - info has been sent.

Brohammas - My love hold no bounds. I just need an email address to send login info to.

KG said...

Long live Spammon's Jamrock. Brohammas I sent Spam your email address...

Corbie said...

I hate to jump into this lovefest too late but back to the topic at hand...your review was spot on for every one of these albums except for Achtung - I believe that one of the recent ones might be their third best.

P.S. Where's Anonymous these days? Licking his Robyn inflicted woudns?

Corbie said...

And, for the record, woudns is the new and much more painful version of 'wounds'.

Anony-wuss said...

You guys scared the hell out of me with the earlier tough talk. I'm out. Unless sushi is involved, then I'm in.