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.'
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