By That One Guy!
I was 12 years old in the summer of '93 when I heard U2's new single, Numb, on the radio, and I really liked it. My sister got the Zooropa album for her birthday, and I ended up "borrowing" it not long after :) The album is just brilliant! It does start to weaken near the end though. I wouldn't change the order of the songs, but it would have been nice to have a really good, strong song between Dirty Day and The Wanderer. And it would have been even better to have another good, strong song replace The Wanderer as well. But hey, they made the entire album during a 6-week break from their Zoo TV tour and it was originally meant to just be an EP, but grew into a full album, so there probably wasn't any other finished songs ready to be included on it. Oh well, it's still an amazing album!
(And then 2 years later, we got their awesome single "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and their rare experimental "Passengers" album, which had some enjoyable songs on it.)
I was 16 years old and this was the first U2 album I ever bought on my own after years of listening to my older brother and sisters' cassettes of the previous albums. Always overlooked in the catalogue, right beside Pop, but this is an amazing musical journey with many different sounds.
Zooropa...... great opener, dreamy beginning before falling into the classic U2 sound of this era. Lyrics convey someone out looking for themselves, but still not quite sure of what they want "I've been hiding, what am I hiding from...."
Baby face...... always reminded me of the movie "Sliver" with voyueristic lyrics that are very sweet at the same time, have always loved the flow of this song "how could beauty be so kind, to an ordinary guy...."
Numb...... the first single from the album and some voice time for Edge. This song grew on me and is actually very good live.
Lemon....... very techno, but catchy. "Midnight is where the day begins...."
Stay ....... the absolute best song on the album. The classic U2 power ballad along the vein of One. "Stay with the demons you drown, stay with the spirit I found, stay and the night would be enough....."
Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car..... another techno vibe with heavy bass lines.
Some days are better than others...... the techno vibe continues with another very catchy song. You'll easily find yourself singing his song as you go about your day.....
The first time....... slow roller with a wandering feel to it. Was a hidden track on the second best of set.
Dirty Day....... a hidden gem that would've fit well on Acthung Baby. Slow verses that build to heavy choruses.
The Wanderer......... the only song on the album that i never liked. It is sung by Johnny Cash, but i could've easily had gone without this song.
An eclectic brew from one of the best
Because of the majesty of the U2 pantheon this album is often overlooked and slighted. But for the dedicated U2 fan, it offers some of their most compelling work. Overall the album's lyrics offer ironic self-commentary and a distopian postmodern landscape. From the opening of Zooropa to Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, the album serves up great beats and memorable riffs punctuated by lyrics that explore the themes of isolation, loneliness and spiritual questing that characterize the best U2.