Zooropa (studio album) by U2
Zooropa is ranked 7th best out of 34 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.
The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 52 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 21,205.
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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).
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Love the band but this is probably their weakest album. Other than Stay, which is a great song, and the piano on Lemon there's not much to shout about. Numb is one of the worst songs they've ever written in my book, I'm very surprised it has an average rating of 83
Its a good album, their trying a different sound here and to some extent it works. I like all the songs, but their is no great songs apart from Stay the fifth track.
I still have the original tape! It plays great and sounds superb through my recently acquired Denon tape deck, Rega amp and B & W speakers, a damn site better than it ever sounded in my tinny car stereo some years ago. It is like listening to a new album through decent audio kit and has re-awakened me to the fact that it was a reasonable album. I really like 'Zooropa' and 'Lemon', 'Babyface' is a bit weak, musically and lyrically. 'Numb' would quite happily sit on a Radiohead album so must have sounded way ahead of its time in 1993. Bit of a mixed bag really.
One of my favorites by U2! Love ALL the songs
At first, I was a bit disappointed with this album. It was released rather quickly after "Achtung Baby", and I suppose I was expecting the new one to be part two. It wasn't.
However, there are quite a few good tracks here. And it seems as perhaps the band doesn't take themselves quite so seriously here. It's a decent record, and to be honest, it's the last one by these guys that I enjoy from start to finish.
A lot of the music sounds like stuff Brian Eno would produce for David Bowie and it works for U2. It does not have a huge hit but it’s a really cool record.
I remember being mega-hyped about this album in '93, but critics really seemed to hate it at the time. It was derided for all sorts of reasons, though chances are that it simply suffered from over-arching expectations following the massive success of Achtung Baby. In any case, the negative reception was probably what ensured that Zooropa would be U2's last foray into art rock, and their last genuine attempt at trying something innovative and interesting with the rock genre (which Radiohead would do much more effectively with OK Computer a couple of years later). All things considered this is the last U2 album I can bear to listen to, everything since has been pap in my opinion.
At the time of its release the sound was something new for a pop/rock band. It was a forward step record. Not saying it was better than what was before. It was just 'new'.
Today it doesn't sound that way so IMO Lemon and Stay away are the two tracks still worthy after the dust has settled down.
Initially intended as a stop gap e.p, zooropa, blossomed into a full blown album. It's obvious U2 were brimming with confidence after the success of, acthung baby, and were on a roll. As with most U2 albums, the first half is stronger than the second half, with, lemon, and, stay, the two best tracks here. Numb, is a good rap/pop cut, and, baby face, is a nice intimate track. Of the second half, daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car, is the best, with, the first time, decent enough. It might have been better as an e.p, but that would miss the charm of this record. U2's chill out album.
A solid record. A decent follow up to what I think is their best album. They had the courage not to stick to a sure thing.
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