- U2: ACHTUNG BABY: 1991: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Although The Joshua Tree is my favorite U2 album I think a good case could be made for Achtung Baby being U2’s best album. The Joshua Tree gave them the unofficial title of Greatest Rock Band In The World- at the moment-but the next move was seen as a misstep- Rattle and Hum kind of backfired especially the movie- the album broke no new ground. U2 was and is an ambitious band- so their follow up- they changed their sound adding influences from industrial rock and dance music. They didn’t invent some new sound but it was a new sound for U2- and it worked spectacularly. In the mid 90’s they would try a new sound and to me POP is their worst album.
- Listened to repeat of a classic American Top 40 on 70’s on 7- 40 years ago this week’s countdown- May 6, 1978. Very good show- really only a couple bad songs in the entire bunch.