Achtung Baby by U2
When I was 17 I bought the first of what would be over a dozen U2 albums: the best of 1980-1990 and the best of 1990-2000. The first I loved, with a few exceptions (I still think “unforgettable fire” sucks). The second I didn’t like, with a few exceptions. As such, Achtung Baby’s critical acclaim was met by me with scoffs of derision. Come on critics. You’re just being contrarian. Their best decade was the 80’s. You’re giving them credit for doing good, not making good music (I still think “One” sucks).
Well, turns out I was wrong. Sporting sexy songs about God and sex with big bright, shimmering, chirping guitars, this is the last great U2 album. From the punky “fly,” to the funky “mysterious ways,” to the urgent “until the end of the world” to the gorgeous melodies in “so cruel,” this album paints a beautiful picture of a band creating one last monument to artistic validity before resigning itself to dinosaur status and writing songs about the weather (cough beautiful day cough).
Here is a track I heard in the film the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, “ultra violet (light my way)” (the track is forthcoming)
See also: “who’s gonna ride your wild horses?”