33 1/3 Volume 49: U2's Achtung Baby

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Stephen Catanzarite takes a close look at what many consider to be U2's most fully formed album through the prisms of religion, politics, spirituality, and culture, illuminating its previously unexplored depths, arguing that it's a concept album about love and the fall of man.

33 1/3: U2's Achtung Baby

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All of the ideas, passions, hopes, struggles, exultations, and and lamentations that informed the band's previous albums are not only there on ACHTUNG BABY, but receive deeper and more thoughtful consideration. There is a maturity and nuance in the lyrics born of experience; and while the references to sexuality are more pronounced and explicit than on any other U2 album, the yearning for the Spirit more than equals the desires of the flesh. With ACHTUNG BABY, U2 pulled off the ultimate post-postmodern fast one: the use of irony to emphasize honesty. This dazzling and prophetic album seems to foreshadow the disintegration fo the old world order and the splintering of traditional alliances that have marked the start of the third millennium. In this intelligent and spirituality attuned book, Stephen Catanzarite reads ACHTUNG BABY as an extended and universal riff on the Fall of Man, showing this to be an album that Bono rightly called one 'heavy mother.' Keep up with 33 1/3 series news.

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Author Stephen Catanzarite
Publisher Continuum Books
Page Count 110pp
Publication Size 4.75 x 6.5
Publication Notes softcover
Publication Date 2007
ISBN 978-0826427847

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