- Zooropa (6:31)
- Babyface (4:01)
- Numb (The Edge) (4:20)
- Lemon (6:58)
- Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (4:58)
- Daddy’s Gonna Pay for your Crashed Car (5:20)
- Some Days are Better than Others (4:17)
- The First Time (3:45)
- Dirty Day (5:24)
- The Wanderer (Featuring Johnny Cash) (5:41)
There’s not really much to say about Zooropa, except ‘what the heck?’ This may sound bad, but it’s really not. It is definitely a bizarre album and doesn’t sound anything like U2. It’s quirky and doesn’t take itself seriously and you don’t know what to expect throughout the whole album. There are some very annoying tracks and a few fillers. However as a whole, Zooropa is a great fun listen if you don’t take it too seriously.
The title track ‘Zooropa’ is a superbly well layered, fusing all sorts electronic sounds and sounds great. As odd as it is, it is one of the more conventional tracks on the album. ‘Babyface’ is an unusual love song with all sorts of electronic happenings in the background. The experimental ‘Numb’ is a great song with Edge mumbling through the lyrics broken up by bono’s falsetto. The intertwined electronic sounds also prove very effective, not to mention it has a hilarious video clip too.
‘Lemon’ is the undoubted highlight of the album (with a great video clip). It can be best described as an evolved ‘The Fly’, and Bono’s switching falsetto to a lower range is superbly effective. It’s a great, underrated song- very dynamic and funky. It’s a different U2 for sure. ‘Stay (Faraway, So close)’ is a wonderfully mellow romantic song and builds up nicely. ‘Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car’ along with ‘Some Days are Better than Others’ are annoying at first, but then you realise that was the intention. The both also feature no guitar at all.
‘The First Time’ is a retreat to the typical U2 structure but takes a bit too long to build up, and even when it does it doesn’t reach any great heights. ‘Dirty Day’, is a brilliant song with a darker sound- it is gritty, dirty and the distorted guitar at the end is quite effective. We finally reach ‘The Wanderer’, sung by Johnny Cash. This song used to annoy me a lot because I always felt it sounded gimmicky, but over the years it has grown on me and is now one of my favourites on Zooropa. If thought of ‘The Wanderer’ the same way as I initially did, then I suggest today would be a good day to give it another chance.
Zooropa at its best, is quite sublime. As a whole it’s a fun, groovy album. There aren’t many weak tracks- just a few that will alienate some old school U2 fans. It’s definitely worth a listen just for the magic of ‘Lemon’ and ‘Numb’, while oldschoolers will enjoy ‘Dirty Day’ and ‘Stay (Faraway, So Close)’. Zooropa is not to everyone’s taste and sounds nothing like previous U2 albums. U2 seem comfortable playing a fusion of Pop, Alternative-Rock and Electronica. There’s not much guitar or soaring Bono vocals and this is a heavily produced album. Overall it’s an immensely enjoyable album if you haven’t already been put off by ‘Lemon’ or ‘Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car’. 8.5/10
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