Achtung Baby

Label
Island/Interscope/UMe
Release date
1 Nov 2011
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
55:31

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Zoo Station 4:36 168,457
2 Even Better Than the Real Thing 3:42 263,982
3 One 4:36 726,957
4 Until the End of the World 4:41 245,117
5 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 5:17 166,823
6 So Cruel 5:50 151,692
7 The Fly 4:29 198,147
8 Mysterious Ways 4:03 406,850
9 Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World 3:53 129,772
10 Ultra Violet (Light My Way) 5:31 98,628
11 Acrobat 4:30 137,480
12 Love Is Blindness 4:23 143,199

About this album

Achtung Baby is the seventh studio album by band U2, released on 19 November . The album arrived nearly two years after lead vocalist Bono announced the band would have to “go away and dream it all up again”, following the mixed response to ’s Rattle And Hum. While recording Achtung Baby, there was a rift between band members over the direction of the band’s sound. Tensions almost prompted U2 to break-up until the band rallied around the writing of the album’s hit One.

The album marks a dramatic change in the band’s image and sound, with the band being heavily influenced by and music. Their music also features more detailed production, more guitar effects, and darker, more personal lyrical content. The results were considerably more adventurous than their previous efforts, yet Achtung Baby was very commercially and critically successful, winning a Grammy Award and having sold approximately 18 million copies worldwide. In , the album was ranked number 62 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The band embarked on the elaborately-staged, multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour to support the album.

History
Achtung Baby was a departure for the band. Bono has often described the album as “the sound of four men trying to chop down The Joshua Tree”. U2 sampled techniques and sounds from other musical genres previously unused by the band, including , and electronica, whilst maintaining their original feel of .

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  • Helawolf

    Used to love this band. Later works take a tumble after this one.

    5 Jul 10:25pm Reply
  • aux1980

    Imho best U2 album. Every song is great. There are no weak spots.

    3 Jul 9:48am Reply
  • Indierock93

    Their second best album, love it forever!

    7 Jun 3:22pm Reply
  • Stereorgasm

    Comparing Achtung to The Joshua is like comparing classical music to rock., wine to beer, pizza to lasagna, Casablanca to 2001, Breaking Bad to The Wire, love to sex. It just can't be done (and shouldn't). <- nuff said! (3)

    31 May 5:09pm Reply
  • Shizukasou

    Comparing Achtung to The Joshua is like comparing classical music to rock., wine to beer, pizza to lasagna, Casablanca to 2001, Breaking Bad to The Wire, love to sex. It just can't be done (and shouldn't). <- nuff said!

    18 Apr 9:18pm Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    Comparing Achtung to The Joshua is like comparing classical music to rock., wine to beer, pizza to lasagna, Casablanca to 2001, Breaking Bad to The Wire, love to sex. It just can't be done (and shouldn't).

    2 Jan 7:37am Reply
  • dAdriano

    ★★★★★

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    yes because having an opinion = giant asshole... but since opinions are like baboon asses and everybody's got one, you are one too.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • generaltrelane

    see what i mean?

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    If you don't love Achtung Baby it just means that you like the original albums of Bowie's and Lou Reed's Berlin period better.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MandeyRawicz

    Zooropa < Achtung Baby :)

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • generaltrelane

    basically if you dont love achtung baby youre probably a giant asshole

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    It's no secret that Achtung Baby is the last perfect U2 album.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Ryoma-White

    Achtung Baby cut down The Joshua Tree.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • theaago

    Masterpiece!

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bugfinder114

    tete

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    Cuidado, Baby!

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Redy2a

    Just listened to it, and I love "Achtung Baby"!!!

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    AMAZING album.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • firestronic

    Your best album¡¡

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
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