Reissue of the Week: U2


U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind (Interscope, 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster)

Some fans and most critics were quick dismiss U2 in 2000 feeling that they'd lost their rock 'n' roll mojo after the techno-dance-fueled albums Pop! and Zooropa. And it's easy to see why after their hugely successful seventh album Achtung Baby (1991) -- an album many feel is the best in their storied career. So it was no surprise that the Irish rockers would engage the services of the midas producers Eno and Daniel Lanois to steer the ship of their next album All That You Can't Leave Behind. A classic U2 rock 'n' roll record with many a hit; it's no fluke that it won 7 Grammys, too.

All That You Can't Leave Behind sounds wonderful on this newly remastered vinyl release and offers a chance for new listeners to discover one of U2's better albums. Reuninting with Eno and Daniel Lanois was a saavy move to assure that U2 "rock sound" was back. Their sonic details have always help craft their chart singles. That formula worked extremely well on the the robust singles from this album including "Beautiful Day," "Elevation," "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out," and "Walk On." It's just a solid album top to bottom with plenty of concert staples and fan favorites. Pick it up on vinyl today and bask in the warm healing glow of the "U2 sound." - Dusty Wright

Mr. Wright is a content creator and cultural curator. He is a former contributor to the Huffington Post, DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer-songwriter who has released six solo albums and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.