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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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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. ZooropaU2 6:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. BabyfaceU2 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. NumbU2 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. LemonU2 6:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)U2 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed CarU2 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Some Days Are Better Than OthersU2 4:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. The First Time (Album Version)U2 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Dirty DayU2 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. The Wanderer [feat. Johnny Cash]The Edge and U2 5:41$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • 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 (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ashurra on August 24, 2002
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 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Angco on 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 By P. Opus on November 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As U2 prepares for the release of yet another studio album, this one supposedly heading back towards the band's flag-waving days of innocence and political angst (or however the critics usually put it), I've been listening back over their past releases and finding that I have a much greater appreciation for their 90s work than I ever did before. Not to malign "War" or "Joshua Tree," which are both great, but I think that U2 really hit its stride doing the things it is trying to escape from at present.

People call this album "experimental," or "difficult," or refer to it as techno-driven electro-music of some sort. Well, I don't buy it. There are elements of techno used here, but it's rock, and it's U2, and it's accessible. In fact, I think of this as their most grounded album, precisely because they aren't dealing with global politics or hate or the ravages of drug addiction as their primary themes for these songs. These are songs about life, and winding one's way through the maze of modern sensory overload. Even though the songwriter is a multimillion-dollar-rock-star kinda guy, the songs have humility and manage to sound very honest and universal in a way that the more pretentious earlier work did not. My favorite is "Some Days," literally a song about how life is lived on a day-to-day basis with ups and downs for everyone. Like the old adage, Bono admits that he has some good days, and some learning days. That says a lot for the man. Far more than "I'm at a place called Vertigo/it's everything I wish I didn't know/but you give me something I can feel/ yeah yeah yeah yeah...". And on the last track, Bono turns over lead duties to Johnny Cash, whose take on these amazing lyrics is beyond words.
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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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