U2 – Berlin Inspired Masterpiece ‘ACHTUNG BABY’ Turns 30 Today

Back in time

18 November 2021

Band: U2
Active: Since 1976 / 14 studio LPs (so far)

Anniversary album: ACHTUNG BABY – 7th LP
Released: 18 November 1991- 30 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “Achtung Baby is rightly known as one of rock’s greatest reinventions
because it was so complete. Sure, U2 changed their sound from chiming melodics to lurching, distorted rhythm. But they also changed their attitude, their demeanor, their look, their ideas on how to deal with celebrity.

All of a sudden, they were funny, sexy, a bit dangerous– three things few would’ve associated with U2 in the 80s. And yet, at their core, the band’s values remained constant. They were still ethically minded and interested in the real-life connection between living beings. But the way they went about projecting those core tenets flipped. In TV-news parlance, their attitude switched from “60 Minutes” to “The Colbert Report”. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Big bands make big records filled
with big songs like U2 with this big masterpiece.

Singles/clips: The Fly / Mysterious Ways / Zoo Station / One

– THE FLY –

– MYSTERIOUS WAYS –

– ZOO STATION –

– ONE –

Full album on Spotify…

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U2: Facebook – All Albums

All info about the 30th-Anniversary Edition here

U2 – Masterpiece Album ACHTUNG BABY Released 25 Years Ago…

Looking and listening back – Memorable moments in sonic history…

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ACHTUNG BABY by U2

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The Joshua Three album turned Irish rockers U2 into a worldwide stadium band in 1987. After 2 years of non-stop touring Bono & his gang went to Berlin, as so many other artists did before and after, to reinvent themselves musically and mentally. New impulses from
a legendary – for wrong and good reasons as we know – city. Artistically an extraordinary place that inspired outstanding albums by David Bowie, Iggy Pop & Nick Cave among others. And it worked for U2 too! ACHTUNG BABY was/is without a shadow of a doubt their best record ever. New sound, new drive, new look. Big vibes, big tunes, big grooves! Magnum opus! An adventurous, inventive, electr-o-fying and no fillers/all killers album. The LP was released on 18 November 1991. Twenty-five years ago. Champagne! Here are three ace firecrackers to celebrate…

ZOO STATION

MYSTERIOUS WAYS

THE FLY

Album review by Rolling Stone Magazine
‘Achtung Baby’ in full on Spotify
U2: Website – Facebook