1. Originally posted by u2_michaelc:For me Stay, is the only song on Zooropa that doesn't fit, it doesn't sound anything like the rest of the album. That's just my opinion ,of course
    I think the album version fits nicely on there but the acoustic version doesn't sound very Zooropa at all. Love all versions though, it's my favourite song.
  2. Originally posted by deanallison:[..]
    I actually have the opposite feeling I think the songs work great together. Im not saying there's a narrative as such but it flows really well for me. Also grace seems to get quite a bad name but I think it's at worst a decent song and slots in perfectly between New York and ground beneath her feet. Just my opinion though, I would be bias because it's one of my favourite albums certainly my favourite u2 album since Zooropa which is on a par with it I feel as joint 3rd best .


    It's definitely a polarizing album. I agree with you that it does in fact have a discernible theme/narrative, focused especially on mortality and forging a quiet sense of hope in the midst of loss. The title of the album fits this focus well. And even though I still list it as U2's worst album, I do appreciate many of its songs and can see why it resonates so strongly with so many people. More and more I also am seeing how it almost NEEDED to happen after Pop...musically, lyrically, thematically, etc...as a Christian myself I even personally like how U2's entire career from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and beyond can be seen as mirroring a biblical sort of spiritual journey...

    But I'm with Gerard and others on ATYCLB still being the band's low point creatively, and I can't ever quite shake that feeling. Despite its inevitable sort of existence in the band's catalogue it just bothers me after I listen to th brilliance or Pop and their whole 90s output to then hear songs like Stuck, Elevation, cringeworthy lyrics from Walk On, Kite, songs that drag like Peace On Earth and Grace, fun but throwaway songs like Wild Honey, etc...

    But I digress. That's why it's fun ranking albums and seeing how we differ!
  3. Originally posted by bpt3:[..]


    It's definitely a polarizing album. I agree with you that it does in fact have a discernible theme/narrative, focused especially on mortality and forging a quiet sense of hope in the midst of loss. The title of the album fits this focus well. And even though I still list it as U2's worst album, I do appreciate many of its songs and can see why it resonates so strongly with so many people. More and more I also am seeing how it almost NEEDED to happen after Pop...musically, lyrically, thematically, etc...as a Christian myself I even personally like how U2's entire career from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and beyond can be seen as mirroring a biblical sort of spiritual journey...

    But I'm with Gerard and others on ATYCLB still being the band's low point creatively, and I can't ever quite shake that feeling. Despite its inevitable sort of existence in the band's catalogue it just bothers me after I listen to th brilliance or Pop and their whole 90s output to then hear songs like Stuck, Elevation, cringeworthy lyrics from Walk On, Kite, songs that drag like Peace On Earth and Grace, fun but throwaway songs like Wild Honey, etc...

    But I digress. That's why it's fun ranking albums and seeing how we differ!
    Really like the analysis of ATYCLB...

    When I first was getting in to U2, it was one of my favourites, now I pretty much never listen to it... After the first four big single tracks, I do really like the sort of 'morality and mortality' arc, even if Grace is one of their weakest songs. For me, Wild Honey is brilliant and injects a good bit of happiness to an otherwise VERY bleak run of songs. It's strange, looking back, that a couple of the songs almost feel like they needed to be split into two different songs (Walk On and Peace On Earth particularly). I think those two swing wildly between great, very emotional lyrics and mildly irritating lyrics, and something about the way the lyrics sit with the music... they just seem like two different ideas/directions got patched together into a single song.
  4. Joshua Tree
    Achtung Baby
    Rattle and Hum
    Boy
    Songs of Innocence
    Zooropa
    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
    Pop
    All That You Can't Leave Behind
    The Unforgettable Fire
    War
    No Line on The Horizon
    October
  5. Joshua Tree
    War
    Zooropa
    The Unforgettable Fire
    Achtung Baby
    Boy
    All That You Cant Leave Behind - POP - tied
    HTDAAB
    Rattle and Hum (as it is)
    October
    No Line on the Horizon
    Songs of Innocence

  6. finally someone who agrees with me that soi is rubbish. (for them)

    (or kinda anyone)
  7. Originally posted by pleasegone:1. Sign O The Times
    2. Purple Rain
    3. 1999
    4. Lovesexy
    5. Around The World In A Day
    6. Parade
    7. Controversy
    8. Lotus Flow3R
    9. Prince
    10. Whoa, this is not prince.org... My mistake

    1. Achtung Baby
    2. The Joshua Tree
    3. Pop
    4. Rattle And Hum
    5. War
    6. Zooropa
    7. All That You Can't Leave Behind
    8. The Unforgettable Fire
    9. How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
    10. No Line on the Horizon
    11. Boy
    12. October
    13. Songs of Innocence
    Funny how my lists change on this, so I always love playing this game. SOI will probably be in last place unless another one can nudge it up.

    oops meant to quote this one. agrees with me that soi is crap.
  8. 2 years ago...


    Originally posted by Bloodraven:My BRAIN list
    on paper, on cold blood, these is the way I'd rank them

    TUF
    AB
    TJT
    ---
    BOY
    SOI
    ZOO
    WAR
    ---
    ATYCLB
    POP
    HTDAAB
    ---
    NLOTH
    RAH
    OCT



    My HEART list
    My ranking on how much I actually enjoy them

    TUF
    BOY
    SOI
    ---
    WAR
    ZOO
    NLOTH
    ---
    TJT
    AB
    RAH
    ATYCLB
    ---
    HTDAAB
    POP
    OCT

    ---
    October is at the bottom on both lists, and I like that album.


    Today:

    BRAIN list
    TUF
    (+1) TJT
    (-1) AB

    BOY
    SOI
    ZOO
    WAR

    ATYCLB
    (+2) NLOTH
    HTDAAB
    (-2) POP

    RAH
    OCT

    almost no changes in here...

    HEART list
    (+1) BOY
    (+1) SOI
    (-2) TUF
    (+2) NLOTH

    (-1) WAR
    (+3) RAH
    (-2) ZOO
    (-1) TJT

    (-1) AB
    ATYCLB
    (+1) POP

    (+1) OCT
    (-2) HTDAAB

    Once upon a time, Rattle and Hum used to be my favorite album, lately I've been making amends with it again.
    NLOTH has been an enjoyable album lately.
    No matter the mood I am, Boy and SOI are always welcomed.