Mark72 wrote:U2's Achtung,Zooropa and Pop was a great run of albums for them back in the 90's and deserves to be higher in this poll. Shame it went wrong for them from 2000 onwards.
Yeah! So glad someone else shares this opinion that I go around preaching constantly. And don't forget Passengers!
I loved everything about U2 in the 90's. It really seemed like they did not care what people thought and just created the kind of music that interested them. You genuinely didn't know what the next album would sound like and what they would come up with next and they genuinely re-invented themselves with each album. (this is precisely why Blur became my favourite band with the Blur album and then 13). I thought they looked good, had a certain swagger and style and Bono wasn't preachy at all (and when he was he did it in a cool way).
And then yeah... it all went horrifically wrong in 2000... At the time I didn't mind and actually thought fair play. They've spent the 90's experimenting and have gone back to basics for one album and proved they can still write music for the masses but little did I know that it was the beginning of the end.. Every album they've released has got worse and worse to the point that there's only one song on the latest that I can bear to listen to and this will be the first tour I won't bother to see them on (Popmart 97 was my first ever gig). I don't understand why they feel the need (in their own words) to constantly strive to have number one albums and singles and be the biggest band in the world?! They've done that. Just end their career respectfully and gracefully and go back to doing what they did in the 90's..
Still, at least we have the memories.
Oh yeah and the fact they have almost completely neglected Pop on every tour since Popmart proves just how little of a clue they have these days...