U2 is a gigantic rock band from Dublin Ireland, formed in 1976 and active to the present.
After two massive albums produced by Brian Eno in the 80’s (The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree), they took a proper studio album hiatus until 1991, when they released their seventh album, Achtung Baby (Island Records).
This album was a redefining international hit for the band, and the accompanying worldwide tour titled ZooTV is considered one of the most innovative multimedia rock concerts in music history.
Just after I turned 12, my dad and I saw the ZooTV tour at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California, November 1992. It is to this day the largest concert I have ever attended, both in terms of audience and sheer scope. Notably, the opening bands that day were The Sugar Cubes (who we only caught a bit of) and Public Enemy (who blew my young mind).
Nostalgia may play a role in my love for this album, but as I’ve gotten older and am caring even less about being cool, I’ve realized that I just love U2. There, I said it.
“One” might be the greatest song Bono ever wrote, “Even Better Than The Real Thing” defines 90’s U2, and nowadays my sleeper favorite song on this record is “So Cruel,” a track that wasn’t a hit single but is a moving and poetic anti-love song.
I’ve gone from falling asleep to this cassette on my Walkman as a pre-teen to receiving this European-pressed remastered 180-gram 2XLP for Christmas as a 38-year-old; time is a flat circle.
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