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Awesome album imho.
It hasn't aged well at all, and I find it slightly embarrassing to listen to. Everything else they did up to that point (barring Rattle & Hum) I think is great, but 'Pop' and every subsequent album just does nothing for me.
Its a guilty pleasure of mine.
Discotheque is just too catchy
All the tracks from Pop on the best of cd were remixed (and the vocals on "Gone" sound like they were re-done completely!) and they have often said that it wasn't finished. I think it'll be completely remixed when they get round to the re-issue
... have always loved this album and along with Zooropa, it's the only U2 stuff i really like
Shoot me down...
Dont think Ive ever heard Pop.
although it's very rarely I sit down and listen to it the whole way through. It's just a bit too long
what a pity the band can't see that and would rather go for the safe arena-rock option
I thought at least they were trying new things and i think discotheque is great. Had some dodgy moments but all in i really liked it.
And every album since has been a big pile of cunt.
On a sidenote, one of the producers of this album used to babysit me :)
He's best pals with my cousin who use to babysit us :)
but it sounds like the best thing they hacve done for a long long time, i hope they quit now, they are just embarrassing
though there are some tracks that hark too much at their boring, earnest sound.
Basically, Achtung Baby + most of Zooropa + most of Pop + "Beautiful Day"/"Elevation" = the only U2 really worth listening to.
to just Achtung Baby.
though I would be sad at the thought of never again hearing "Numb", "Mofo", "Discotheque" and "Beautiful Day".
I said it.
Great albums by U2:
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Although that song 'Boots' off the new album is just horrid - it has some good moments.
There are some cheesy, stadium rock moments, but for the most part they had a good Nineties. Songs like Discoteque and Mofo are a little dated, but not excessively so - they were always kind of meant to be on the kitsch side, I think. It's a shame their obvious dissatisfaction with the sales led to them morphing into the shit band that a lot of people had kind of assumed they were. Their output over the last decade was dreadful.
I've always been a hige U2 fan, but their back catalog is so varied, I refuse to believe that anyone can be a fan of ALL of it.
I love all the early albums from the 80's (Rattle and Hum is awesome btw), didn't really click with achtung baby, but I understand its appeal. Zooropa was great in places, but I think *most* of 'POP' is really very very good indeed. Since then, I literally haven't liked a single bit of their output.
(sorry about that pun).
Pop was a decent record, and Mofo especially was a brave move for the band. Unfortunately because it didn't cross over in the States U2 became stung by the percieved failure, and consequently lost their appetite for futurism.
Which is a crock! I didn't mind Vertigo, having said that.
I find myself wanting to listen to this U2 album more than their more recent ones. The remixes of the album tracks are not as good as the originals - they should have left them alone!
I own all of U2's albums, and yes, I do like ALL of it, although the last album suffered from a poor mix.
don't agree? suck my plums.
no just joking, that's my favourite album
may even be my favourite. I've actually been listening to this quite a bit over the last year.
I don't go in for all the U2 hate normally found around here, but their last 3 albums seem to have been written by committee to hit all the right target audiences, and aren't that great. Still like most of the singles though.
I'm a bit disappointed in the way they have effectively re-written their own history and pretended that most of their 90's stuff never happened - very little on their various compilations, and when I saw them live last year, 'One' was the only 90's song that got an airing.