U2 - POP

by U2

(1996) Island

Personnel Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr, and Adam Clayton
Description While most long time u2 fans rank this as one of their least favorite albums, I rank this at the top of my list. Proof that technology in music can indeed be tasteful.
Posted By James O'Keefe (694)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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Overall Rating: 4.3 (of 5)
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On 7/22/2003, Adam Nowaczyk (36) posted:
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Pop is a brilliant piece from quite possibly the best band, I think points of Pop sound overproduced and lack any detail musically. Lyrically the record is intense the whole way through, the lyrics evoke a lot of emotion and address many social concerns, is a sophisticated manner. I think to get the full effect of the Pop record, one must have a live recording.
On 9/4/2002, Wouter Oosterbosch (683) posted:
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I don't consider this one my favourite U2 album, but I still like it a lot. Many didn't give this album a fair chance, but under the surface of this technologically tinted album is a very great soul... Discotheque for example was received by many as just a silly party song (U2 as the Village People? com'on), but it really is an insightful song on party drugs...This album goes a lot deeper than most think. Only downside is the unfinished character: it is not wise to book a tour before an album is finished :-) As Larry Mullen recognised, Staring At The Sun could have been a super hit, if the production had been finished properly. Still love the song, though. There is one song I don't like though, Miami (about the only u2 song I don't like)...This is a minor downside (that's why I don't give it a 5, I'd like to distinguish it a bit from the super masterpieces, although I'd rather have given a 4.5 or so...), but take your time to scratch the surface of this album, and you'll love it.
On 8/16/2002, James O'Keefe (694) posted:
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This is my favorite U2 album, yes I rank it above achtung baby, joshua tree, and even war. The guitarist is, of course, the edge- so you know what you're getting. Lots of effects, lots of arpeggios. When listening to this album, try not to discount it immediately because of its techno sound, there's real music being played with it, and I love the way that the band uses new sounds to create classic music