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U2 - The Best of 1990-2000

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The story goes like this: poised on the brink of disappearing in their own earnestness in the wake of the Rattle and Hum, U2 revitalized themselves with Achtung Baby, embracing irony and modern music in a garish celebration of pop culture that effectively distracted attention from the wounded, broken heart at its center. Basking in the acclaim of Achtung Baby, U2 continued to release Euro-experimental music -- equal parts Madchester, Krautrock, and good old-fashioned prog rock, partially courtesy of longtime collaborator Brian Eno -- until their ambition imploded on Pop, leading them to a celebrated return to roots, All That You Can't Leave Behind. Through it all, they turned out singles that equaled their '80s work (and in the case of "One" and "Beautiful Day," surpassed it), providing the basic ingredients for a great hits collection, The Best of 1990-2000. Anytime U2 flirted too closely with either dance or electronica has been replaced by mixes that attempt to give these tunes the sound of neo-classicist U2 à la All That You Can't Leave Behind. So, all the Pop material ("Gone," "Discotheque," "Staring at the Sun") is given new mixes, as is "Numb." There are great songs here -- not just "Mysterious Ways" and "Beautiful Day," but relatively rare items like the Passengers tune "Miss Sarajevo" (sounding more majestic than ever) and the Batman & Robin theme "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (a glam rock pastiche that was the best thing about the film and remains a highlight), plus the underappreciated "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" (as lovely as anything they've ever cut). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Even Better Than the Real Thing - U2 (03:41)
2) Mysterious Ways - U2 (04:03)
3) Beautiful Day - U2 (04:08)
4) Electrical Storm - U2 (04:39)
5) One - U2 (04:35)
6) Miss Sarajevo - Luciano Pavarotti / U2 (04:32)
7) Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - U2 (04:59)
8) Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2 (04:34)
9) Gone - U2 (04:34)
10) Until the End of the World - U2 (04:40)
11) The Hands That Built America - U2 (04:58)
12) Discothèque - U2 (04:42)
13) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - U2 (04:45)
14) Staring at the Sun - U2 (04:49)
15) Numb - U2 (04:23)
16) The First Time - U2 (03:44)

The Best of 1990-2000
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The Best of 1990-2000 | U2