Achtung Baby (studio album) by U2

Achtung Baby by U2
Year: 1991
Overall rank: 111th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 1,796 votes)
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Achtung Baby is ranked 2nd best out of 35 albums by U2 on

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 53 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,673.

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From 01/27/2024 02:04
Not a big U2 fan so I was highly surprised at how good this was. They got some deep groove and flow going on a lot of tracks. Dips off a bit at the tail end but definitely the best album to come from them.
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From 01/10/2024 16:05
Sorry, I'm just not a fan of inspiration rock. Most of these songs are indistinguishable from one another.
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From 09/07/2023 19:17
After a lacklustre response to rattle and him The band retreated and while they endured some initial difficulties, delivered an album of total reinvention and their critical zenith. A timeless masterpiece.
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From 07/10/2023 22:33
This is probably their most enjoyable album for me, especially tracks like Until The End Of The World, So Cruel and Acrobat.
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From 04/10/2023 22:31
This is a far more experimental record than anything else they have released but this does lead to weak moments. However, this experimental side of U2 makes for an extremely engaging listen with there being such depth and character to this album. Their layering is fantastic as well which gives us so much to explore on future revisits. Performance wise, it is probably up there with one of Bono's most consistent and diverse displays that demonstrates just how brilliant he is. This album made me respect Bono's vocal far more than I already did by him showing us such a large range that is packed full of emotion making songs like Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and One sound so powerful. I think the production is incredibly strong as well with the sound being so clean and it flows brilliantly. Overall, a fantastic display of the talents of the group that might struggle quality wise in places but it also has some hidden gems that are amongst their best ever tracks.
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From 12/02/2022 01:09
Quite good
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From 08/31/2022 03:44
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From 07/24/2022 06:22
Good album, but I don't see how this is better than War or The Unforgettable Fire.
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From 04/01/2022 02:02
Arguably the most important record U2 would make in their career, they were able to successfully reinvent themselves with this and the Zoo TV tour that accompanied the record. The album itself is probably my favourite from them too because I prefer the more experimental sounds compared to that on the Joshua Tree. Also think this album contains some of Bono's best vocal performances and Edge's finest moments too
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Best Albums of 1991
1. Nevermind by Nirvana
2. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
3. Ten by Pearl Jam
4. Spiderland by Slint
5. Achtung Baby by U2
6. The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
7. Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
8. Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
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10. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
11. Screamadelica by Primal Scream
12. Out Of Time by R.E.M.
13. Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden
14. Trompe Le Monde by Pixies
15. Use Your Illusion II by Guns N' Roses
16. Temple Of The Dog by Temple Of The Dog
17. Dangerous by Michael Jackson
18. Yerself Is Steam by Mercury Rev
19. Gish by The Smashing Pumpkins
20. Bandwagonesque by Teenage Fanclub
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