U2 Best of 1990′s-2000′s Album Review

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  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing (3:39)
  2. Mysterious Ways (4:02)
  3. Beautiful Day (4:05)
  4. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:37)
  5. One (4:35)
  6. Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit) (4:30)
  7. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (4:58)
  8. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (4:31)
  9. Gone (New Mix) (4:32)
  10. Until The End Of The World (4:38)
  11. The Hands That Build America (4:57)
  12. Discotheque (New Mix) (4:40)
  13. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
  14. Staring At The Sun (New Mix) (4:48)
  15. Numb (New Mix) (4:21)
  16. The First Time (3:44)
  17. The Fly (4:28) (Bonus Track, UK and Japan only)

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What really separates U2 from bands such as ‘Live’ and even AC/DC, is their willingness to experiment and change with the times- successfully. This compilation showcased the experimental Techno/Dance infusion U2 so playfully injected into their music during the 90’s. Songs from Pop (‘Gone’, ‘Discotheque’, ‘Staring At The Sun’ and ‘Numb’) are given new mixes as promised. Songs from 1991’s Achtung Baby to 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind are complemented with U2’s collaboration with Pavarotti on Passengers, ‘Miss Sarajevo’, and the ‘Batman Forever’ theme ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’. ‘Electrical Storm’ and ‘The Hands that built America’ are two beautiful original songs, the latter on the soundtrack of ‘Gangs of New York’. They both offer something different, influenced more by the atmospheric rock of The Unforgettable Fire rather than anything that was experimented on in the 90’s.

While this is a good group of songs, some of the omissions are somewhat odd. For example Zooropa’s signature track, ‘Lemon’ is not present, while ‘The Fly’ is only available as a bonus track in the UK and Japan despite it being a No.1 hit. Overall it’s still a great compilation with some great songs (see ‘One’, ‘Beautiful Day’) which encapsulates U2’s desire to experiment with their music and not just stick with the same formula. Definitely something that should be applauded.

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