‘Achtung Baby’ er det syvende studie album fra U2. Det er mit absolut all time favorit album. I svedig kamp om pladsen finder man albums som Radiohead ‘OK Computer’, David Bowie ‘Ziggy Stardust’ og så bliver det sværere – men Peter Gabriel ‘4’, Mew ‘And the glass handed kites’ samt Kashmir ‘Zitilites’, David Bowie ‘Low’/’Diamond Dogs’/’Scary Monsters’ er klare bud!
‘Achtung Baby’ blev produceret af Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, og var released den 19 November 1991 på Island Records.
Resten er hentet direkte fra Wikipidia og er på UKsk: Stung by the criticism of their 1988 release Rattle and Hum, U2 shifted their musical direction to incorporate alternative rock, industrial, and electronic dance music influences into their sound. Thematically, the album is darker, more introspective, and at times more flippant than the band’s previous work. Achtung Baby and the subsequent multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour were central to the group’s 1990s reinvention, which replaced their earnest public image with a more lighthearted and self-deprecating one.
Seeking inspiration on the eve of German reunification, U2 began recording Achtung Baby in Berlin’s Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After weeks of tension and slow progress, the group made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song “One“. They returned to Dublin in 1991, where morale improved and the majority of recordings were completed. To confound the public’s expectations of the band and their music, U2 chose the album’s facetious title and colourful multi-image sleeve.
Achtung Baby is one of U2’s most successful records. It earned favourable reviews and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Top Albums, while topping the charts in many other countries. It spawned five hit singles, including “One”, “Mysterious Ways“, and “The Fly“. The album has sold 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. One of the most acclaimed records of the 1990s, Achtung Baby is regularly featured on lists of the greatest albums of all time.
The sleeve artwork for Achtung Baby was designed by Steve Averill, who had created the majority of U2’s album covers. To mirror their change in musical direction, the band considered sleeve concepts that used multiple images in colour to contrast with the seriousness of the individual, mostly monochromatic images from their previous album sleeves. Rough sketches and designs were created early during the recording sessions, and some mo re experimental designs were conceived to closely resemble, as Averill put it, “dance-music oriented sleeves. We just did them to show how extreme we could go and then everyone came back to levels that they were happy with. But if we hadn’t gone to these extremes it may not have been the cover it is now.”
An initial photo shoot with the band’s long-time photographer Anton Corbijn was done near U2’s Berlin hotel in late 1990. Most of the photos were black-and-white, and the group felt they were not indicative of the spirit of the new album. They re-commissioned Corbijn for an additional two-week photo shoot in Tenerife in February 1991, for which they dressed up and mingled with the crowds of the annual Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, presenting a more playful side of themselves. It was during the group’s time in Tenerife, and during a four-day shoot in Morocco in July, that they were photographed in drag. Additional photos were taken in Dublin in June, including a shot of a naked Clayton. The images were intended to confound expectations of U2, and their full colour contrasted with the monochrome imagery on past sleeves.
All lyrics written by Bono, all music composed by U2.
|1.||“Zoo Station“||Daniel Lanois||4:36|
|2.||“Even Better Than the Real Thing“||Steve Lillywhite, with Brian Eno and Lanois||3:41|
|3.||“One“||Lanois with Eno||4:36|
|4.||“Until the End of the World“||Lanois with Eno||4:39|
|5.||“Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses“||Lillywhite, Lanois, and Eno||5:16|
|8.||“Mysterious Ways“||Lanois with Eno||4:04|
|9.||“Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World“||Lanois with Eno||3:53|
|10.||“Ultraviolet (Light My Way)“||Lanois with Eno||5:31|
|12.||“Love Is Blindness“||Lanois||4:23|
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