All That You Can't Leave Behind

All That You Can't Leave Behind

by U2U2

CD(Dutch Import)

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For most of their two decades together, U2 have ranked among the most forward-looking of rock's mega-bands, which makes their decision to "get back to their roots" on this remarkably evocative album a curious -- but thoroughly positive -- one. The electronics, irony, and distance of recent years have largely been stripped away, all the better to concentrate on the Edge's still visceral guitar playing and Bono's eternally questing presence. The singer proves he can still send shivers down the spine by soaring through songs such as the yearning "Peace on Earth," but he's just as capable of capturing attention with subtlety and a downbeat delivery, as he does on the pensive "New York." A good bit of All That You Can't Leave Behind comes couched in dark hues, thanks to Bono's heart-on-his-sleeve musings and the seductive production of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. But there are moments of outright abandon giddy enough to pack a dance floor with folks doing the old bump 'n' grind, including the lusty "Wild Honey" and the soulful spirit-lifter "Stuck in a Moment." U2's rhythm section, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton, who sounded somewhat tentative on experimental discs such as Pop and Zooropa, positively leap into the hard-charging grooves of songs such as "Elevation" and the corny but infectious "Walk On," a pair of songs that bring to mind the vibrant Rattle and Hum-era incarnation of the band. This appropriately titled disc is, in many ways, a reclamation of styles and notions U2 once discarded as outmoded, only to find that they fit mighty well after all.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2002
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731454828529
catalogNumber: 920123
Rank: 62628


  1. Beautiful Day
  2. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
  3. Elevation
  4. Walk On
  5. Kite
  6. In a Little While
  7. Wild Honey
  8. Peace on Earth
  9. When I Look at the World
  10. New York
  11. Grace

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist,Group
Edge   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Barrett   Brass,Overdubs
Bono   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Mullen   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer,Lyricist
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Tim Palmer   Engineer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Steve Averill   Art Direction
Alex Haas   Engineer
Anton Corbijn   Cover Photo
Stephen Harris   Engineer
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Shaughn McGrath   Cover Design,Sleeve Design
Richard Rainey   Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Producer
Alex Hass   Engineer
Sam O'Sullivan   Studio Manager,Drum Technician
Fraser McAlister   Guitar Techician
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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