another ebay impulse buy!!
basically i dont really like u2 any more but i used to have this on cassette so its a bit of a have to have type thing!!!
Does the U2 bubble burst, or is 'pop' just underrated?
By this time U2 had morphed from that lowly group from Dublin into a stadium filling, truck hoarding megaband, this to some extent gave them leverage to take a risk or to. This was put to spectacular effect on Acthung baby, and Zooropa, which marked a braver, more confident, flirtatious group in U2. But all this momentum was about to be derailed as the group delved deeper into experimental, electronic music. Bono and The Edge had for some time been absorbing the disco sounds of the American night-clubs they frequented, and as they hit the recording studio, they channelled their new-found passion into a set of colourful new songs that would divide not only their fans but also their very own drummer and bassist. Larry Mullen Jnr and Adam Claytion are rumoured to have had reservations about the new seismic shift in sound, preferring to opt for a more traditional U2 atmosphere. Eventually Bono and Edge's new method won out quashing any notion of returning to the old-school U2 just yet. This move may seem foolhardy now, but it's hard not to admire the courageous step they took given the benchmark they'd laid down on their previous two albums. And Pop is not a complete catastrophe', indeed the catchy single 'Discotheque' breathes a unique wit that wouldn't have been misplaced on Achtung baby, and 'Staring at the sun' is in some way a forerunner to the britpop sound that ensued in the coming years, with it's Oasis style melancholy and guitar-riff. But other songs let the side down dramatically. 'Miami' pushes it's luck, with a flippancy that is not only uncharacteristic of, but also unbecoming to U2. And by the end of the album the hefty songs will leave some drained and intellectually under challenged. On a positive note, for the techno enthusiasts, there are a plethora of drum loops and interesting studio techniques which should keep your ears amused, and to say this album wouldn't agree with all hardcore U2 fans would be a generalization, but U2 were always capable of better than this, and as Bono and Edge left their Disco attentive phase behind, they set about re-establishing the heart and soul of their sound. The songs were always more suited to a live stage and unsurprising, this is where they found a more appreciative audience, a responsive setting which sexed-up the flatter numbers on the album, proving that Pop wasn't totally ill-conceived. And even on latter albums the lessons learnt with Pop made for a more controlled way of implementing disco elements that amplified U2's master-strokes rather than weigh them down into an undistinguished clump. So let's not be too judgemental, view this album as U2 having a party before they got back to work. And when a band has had a career spanning as long as U2 have been going your allowed a little self-indulgence. The techno-heads may have lost a potential new super-group, but the world gained their rock band back! Amen to that!Read full review
U2 say no more
As i love this group, any review im going to write will be very biased. Brilliant from start to finish. Also went to 2 concert dates during Pop tour which again was an amazing live show. I think this was the album where U2 tried to bring themselves up to date with current music.....and succeeded.
Discoteque is my least favorite song on this album but was the biggest hit. There are a lot of songs on this album that are a surprise and you may not have heard of but I think are great songs. Fast, slow pop and rock its all on this album.
U2 - Pop
Definitely not their best album by a long shot. I only bought it as I'm a huge U2 fan and it was the only album I was missing. Probably slightly worse than Zooropa - their other album from around that period. Staring At The Sun is a good song though. Wouldn't really recommend it as there are plenty of better albums out there, but worth it if like me you want to complete a collection. Then again I am more of a rock fan, and as this title suggests they were forraying into 'pop/dance' music at the time, so could be worth a listen if you are a fan of that.