Universal Music Division Barclay
Release date
10 Jul 2001
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Discotheque 5:13 66,540
2 Do You Feel Loved 5:07 77,873
3 Mofo 5:47 74,803
4 If God Will Send His Angels 5:24 101,716
5 Staring at the Sun 5:34 131,909
6 Last Night on Earth 4:45 70,970
7 Gone 4:26 79,083
8 Miami 4:52 56,646
9 The Playboy Mansion 4:40 57,670
10 If You Wear That Velvet Dress 2:42 63,281
11 Please 5:02 71,227
12 Wake Up Dead Man 4:52 65,700

About this album

Pop is the ninth studio album by Irish rock band U2, released in March . For some fans it is the “last great U2 album”; the subsequent albums not being as daring or as artistically different than Pop or previous albums and more commercial. It is notable for combining elements of popular techno and electronica influences with traditional alternative rock. On it the band continued their experimental phase and worked with Howie B, a DJ and artist who introduced the band to the underground club scene by going to clubs and gigs and turning them on to new and old electronic music that he felt would be inspirational.

For Pop, U2 continued the sonic experimentation they explored with Achtung Baby and Zooropa. Pop prominently features tape loops, programming, some sequencing and sampling, along with heavy, funky dance rhythms. The album is much more dark and experimental than, as the title would imply, light and mainstream. The band also continued their usual practice of having a few producers working with them on the record so that they could “bounce off each other’s and other people’s ideas.”

The main producer on Pop was Flood who had worked with U2 since The Joshua Tree which he engineered and then Achtung Baby which he engineered and mixed and Zooropa which he co-produced with Brian Eno and The Edge. On Pop most of the engineering was left to Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (known for his work with Massive Attack) and Howie B, who also has production credit along with Steve Osborne on some tracks.

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  • Yuri_Jones

    U2's masterpiece

    23 Mar 4:01pm Reply
  • StinkLover

    The Last Real U2 Album

    22 Mar 9:32am Reply
  • PrettyStar

    the most interesting and unpredictable album U2

    4 Feb 6:33am Reply
  • biochip

    I love this album, totally underrated!

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dq_24

    Not the best, but one of the best U2 albums, so fucking underrated

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Yuri_Jones

    Nine Inch Nails

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Be Here Now is better than this album.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • edimervaldo

    @Knokinnonjoe "Since that album they've just done the same music. " - I completely agree with this opinion

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • AJ-Brito

    I LIKE THIS!!!!

    10 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Rezzo64

    This album is a lot like Be Here Now actually. Everyone hates it because they're supposed to.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • behu_

    Absolutely great album. It's a shame it so underrated.

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Slowly but surely becoming my most played U2 release

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • keanequeen

    O ''pior'' album da banda

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • dec30

    love this era for the band. this belongs here http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m414cfXDB11r91c9to1_500.jpg

    13 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ovunqueproteggi

    Their last good record [3]

    5 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Knokinnonjoe

    How i miss this era. They sound like a different band, now. Until 97 they were bold, creative and innovative.. their last great album. A masterpiece. Since that album they've just done the same music. You can call tha 3 albuns from 97 to now: "All that they should left behind".

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Fuhghettaboutit

    Yeah, anyway, first part of the album fits the mood of a racing game. I guess the second part is far more passive I'd say

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Fuhghettaboutit

    I used to play this CD while playing Need For Speed 5 Porshe video game.. and I loved it, I don't know why

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    @hotter Ehh, it's just public opinion. I'm sure there's people who think Morning Glory is the worst Oasis album, against the popular public opinion that it's their best. Each to their own.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    @ The whole Pop/Be Here Now thing, I don't think they were comparing the two albums musically, but quality-wise. A lot of people regard Be Here Now as Oasis' worst album, and a lot of people regard Pop as U2's worst album. No big deal.

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
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