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Zooropa

U2Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 6, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: July 6, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001E18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following the band's Zoo TV tour, which took aim at consumerism and media overload, U2 brought those themes and the complex, futuristic sound of its preceding album, Achtung Baby, to their somewhat illogical conclusion on Zooropa, the group's most chaotic, cutting-edge work. The monotone techno-rap "Numb" leads the way, while "Lemon" offers reminders of David Bowie's Berlin trilogy of more than a decade before. Best of all is "The Wanderer," featuring a guest vocal by country-music icon Johnny Cash. His bottomless baritone sounds bizarre over burbling synthesizers, but Bono's trenchant lyric about a postapocalyptic seeker of sensation and experience before he repents nails Cash's legend at least as well as he ever has himself. --Daniel Durchholz

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars U2 Goes Experimental August 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Give U2 credit for not settling into a comfortable groove after the massive success of "Ach-Tung Baby," and just releasing more albums in that same mold. On "Zooropa," Bono and the boys decided to experiment with their sound and take it in unusual new directions. And while it doesn't always work, enough of it does to excuse them for not producing another single as catchy as "Mysterious Ways."
The album is best characterized by "Numb," in which seldom-heard-from guitarist The Edge mumbles the barely sensical spoken word lyrics over a gorgeous synthesizer background. Other oddities include the slowly building opening title track, the strange vocals on "Daddy's Going to Pay for Your Crashed Car," and the Johnny Cash collaboration "The Wanderer," with some bizarre apocalyptic imagery that closes things on an appropriate note. Even the more conventional songs, like "Babyface," "Stay," have an otherwordly quality about them.
Overall, "Zooropa" is not the place for casual fans to start their U2 collection. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile challenge for the already commited.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Don't expect, suggest!" August 24, 2002
By Ashurra
Format:Audio CD
For me, Zooropa was the one U2 disc that I had written off by word of mouth: All of my friends and favorite critics considered it "U2's dissapointment." I picked it up after seeing it in a discount bin just to round off my collection. I plopped it into the CD player, and prepared to go off to do other things, but I was held- and immediately fascinated. I listened to it 2 times in a row, hardly doing anything but rereading the sleeve. I was more than pleasantly surprised: I love this album!
Don't get me wrong: there are some significant flaws. But I'd rather get them out of the way quickly; the strengths are much more fun here. Sequencing is a huge problem: the album never sounds conceived together. It almost sounds like a B-sides collection: in fact, some of the weaker tracks ARE obviously B-side material (Babyface, Dirty Day, The First Time) and then there's The Wanderer, such a strangely out-of-place song that its puzzling how it merited inclusion. But, then again, Zooropa itself is an out-of-place album...
Flaws aside, this is U2's most inventive album ever. Much more groundbreaking than even Actung Baby (a fairly groundbreaking album), they successfully merged eurodance and pop with these tracks. With elements that are entirely new. Zooropa is a collage introduction that is perfectly described by the sleeve art. Numb is terrifically catchy and irreverent. Some Days are Better than Others is such a laid-back ode to the philosophy of "take life as it comes" that it should be standard on todays cd player to defeat road rage. And then theres Lemon, U2 most "epic" song of the 90's, and my personal favorite U2 song since "One Tree Hill."
Not every disc can be perfect, but Zooropa just goes to show that with great bands like U2 even their flawed discs can be as interesting as their classics. Definately recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Groove Baby! May 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What can I say! This album was fresh off the heels of Achtung Baby and in the midst of the ZOO TV Tour. Recorded in 3 months, Zooropa is a spontaneous masterpiece. If U2 isn't officially credited with a "Concept Album", this is it!
The leadoff song, "Zooropa", is everything ZOO TV is all about. Commercial slogans used as lyrics and arcade sound effects to fill in the blanks. This song sums up the album. Technology and commercialism IS life...not a way of life. This mentality proves to be true on the tune "Numb". The Edge, not Bono, takes the mic and repeats a list of do's and dont's. We are told what to do and brainwashed what to buy. U2 has fun disguising everything by flirting with dance rhythms. "Lemon", "Daddy's Gonna Pay...", and "Some Days Are Better Than Others" are U2 at it's most playful yet serious. Peel the layers and these songs will make more sense.
Of course, no U2 album is complete without a bittersweet lovesong. "Stay" is a song that fits the bill. This tune will take you away to that U2 of yesteryear.
Finally, after a blitzkrieg of trashiness around Europe, technology, and excess, someone has to make sense of it all. Enter Johnny Cash. Mr. Cash makes his appearance in the album's finale, "The Wanderer". What better way to bring in an elder statesman to make sense of U2's "sinful" tactics.
Zooropa isn't the most popular U2 album, but it is indeed the most playful and danceable. Give this album more credit. Released in 1993, in the middle of Grunge's heyday, U2 was brave enough to release an "experimental" album which didn't feature a single guitar solo.
Remember, Achtung Baby was a hard album for the band to make.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2's most experimental and daring album January 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I know I know... I'm late to review this CD. It's been out for quite a long time. But I think after listening to Zooropa again, my likes for it haven't died.
The best song has to be "Lemon" for its humorous video & "tangy" lyrics. Another great track "The wanderer" is haunting with Johnny Cash's vocals. This track finishes off Zooropa in the way I would. Zooropa is a jumble of ideas put into action, in a way I would call a fantastic B-side Cd. Bono & the boys experimentation has created a classic CD.
"Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed car" is another one of those great rock songs, with brilliant, tantalizing lyrics. So is the song "Some days". "Babyface" comes to us soft at first with that drifting electric guitar and drums, the toy piano balances the sexy part of this tune.
The title track sounds like the closest sound we're accustomed to hear from them. It has all the sounds from the 80's. I don't care that the CD was made & released in 93. It's great. And I bought it the day it was released. I'm kind of glad I waited so long to review this CD. One reason is because I read many reviews before doing my own review, allowing me to decide whether or not it was worth it. Secondly, I noticed there were a few reviews done in the past few weeks. This made me decide to take a chance.
One thing I don't get is the Bleep bleep bleep... sound at the end of the CD, after 1 minute of the end of "The wanderer".
I hope you like the review. The Cd is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best U2 albums.
One of my favorite U2 albums. While "The Unforgettable Fire" reeks of a political tone (if I may say), "Pop" of a electronic vibe, then "Zooropa" is filled... Read more
Published 19 days ago by E. Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Great album, 20 years later. Didnt have the commercial success of alot of U2's other great albums but truly a great listen!!
Published 6 months ago by Jim Sarkine
5.0 out of 5 stars Its My Favorite U2 Album
I know this is music, and opinions are subjective and all but I think this is U2's best since its very experimental and electronic by U2 standards and its enjoyable listening to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 Excellence!
I purchased Zooropa, because my first CD was destroyed. Love this as I love all of U2's music. Classic, different and quintessential U2!
Published 9 months ago by ShoeGoddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Masterpiece
U2 at its artistic peak. Zooropa is bold, free-flowing electronic journey, dazzling and subtle, brilliant. In the 1990's they became a great art band. Read more
Published 9 months ago by O
5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to POP.
Released seemingly on the heels of the huge Achtung Baby, Zooropa came out of nowhere in the summer of 1993. Songs like Numb (that video.. Read more
Published 11 months ago by keneric
5.0 out of 5 stars "Uncertainty Can Be a Guiding Light"
Nothing about Zooropa is ordinary or expected. Just the packaging alone looks like it's from another world: the astronaut baby, the EU-style stars, the bright colors, and the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars I am delighted with my Amazon experience!
This is one of U2's masterpiece. I made the right choice. Some of my U2 preferred songs are on it!
Published 13 months ago by ANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my collection
Love this cd, trying to rebuild my collection. And this is a must have.
Arrived in great shape and on time.
Published 19 months ago by Sindi
4.0 out of 5 stars I hated this album at first
This is one of the very, very few albums I hated when I first heard it and subsequently grew to appreciate. Read more
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The Wanderer with Johnny Cash & U2
They originally recorded the song with Bono singing vocals, but felt it was lacking something. That's why they invited Johnny Cash, they felt he was the perfect voice for this song. To my knowledge, the version with Bono has never been released. Perhaps on the Zooropa 20th anniversary edition?... Read More
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