All That You Can't Leave Behind
label: UNI / Interscope
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
good - president and publisher
a r i z o n a r e p o r t e r o n t h e i n t e r n e t
"daily web information for the daily web surfer"
Web Site: http://www.azreporter.com
Really impressed. U2's new CD, All That You Can't Leave Behind,
is one of the best "band" efforts in years.
When I say
band I don't mean Backstreet
Boys or 98 Degrees boy bands. I mean bands that play real
instruments and not the ones that pose like Barbie dolls. It's
been a long wait for U2 to return to its music roots ( The
Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree ) and get the tech-pop
thing that has influenced its recent CDs (Pop, Achtung
Baby.) out of their system.
seems to have rediscovered it's the songwriting that matters and
with this new release, the writing combined with various musical
influences and arrangements, makes an effort to reassure its core
fan foundation they can walk the fence and be the U2 of 10 years
ago as well as the U2 of this decade.
is famous for their political-tinged song-anthems, All That
You Can't Leave Behind is subdued with mini-anthems "New York,"
"When I Look at the World," and "Peace on Earth," that will strike
individual chords. While "Elevation," and "Beautiful Day" will
probably be the CD's most-played and talked about songs, my choice
for best song on the album is "Grace" the final cut. I have yet
to pinpoint why this song is sticking in my mind, but it is a
beautiful U2 ballad.
FYI: The title
of the CD is mentioned on the track ''Walk On,'' :
baggage you can bring/Is all that you can't leave behind.''
The cd's liner
notes mentions the song is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi, a Myanmar
opposition leader who is under arrest in Burma.
Is this CD
radio-friendly? I don't care, I rarely listen to radio now. But
does it matter? No, because the music talents of Bono and The
Edge can not be compared to the bubble-gum rap of Eminem
and others who are topping the charts these days.
song lyrics on the CD: on the track "New York":
I'm trying to figure out my mid life crisis/I hit an iceberg in
my life/But you know I'll still afloat."
say those lyrics sums up the band's recent musical adventures.
this CD expecting to hear The Joshua Tree - type songs.
Expect to hear songs from a band that has matured. A band that
has tried different musical experiments to expand what they could
do as a band.
You Can't Leave Behind succeeds because of their past efforts
and it stands way ahead of anything on the charts today.
U2 Sheet Music online at musicnotes.com:
liked All That You Can't Leave Behind...