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U2 18 Singles CD (2006)

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What you would expect from a greatest hits album

by Chris on 8/11/2008

This album is a rock solid compilation of U2s greatest hits over the past quarter century. All of the biggest hits that I expected to be there were there and the track order jumped around the various years rather than simply progress in chronological order, which was a plus. The last few tracks were weaker and not what you would expect to see in this kind of album, but a very minor blemish on what was overall a no-brainer purchase at the price advertised given how good the first 14 or so tracks are.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 203329519
UPC 602517135420
UPC 14 00602517135420
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2006
Author U2
Artist Bio
U2's Bono was one of the few real rock heroes of the 1980s, leading the Irish band to international recognition with a charged, political approach to music. The band's early efforts brought a stadium-size presence to alt-rock, with Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's distinct guitar lines interacting seamlessly with the rhythm section of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. In 1987, U2 broke through to superstardom with THE JOSHUA TREE, a grand culmination of their '80s sound. In the 1990s, however, the band very purposefully deflated that epic image, simultaneously adding ambient, dance, and electronica touches on 1991's ACHTUNG BABY. Mining that vein for much of the decade, U2 kicked off the 21st century with a triumphant return to form that was embraced by new and longtime fans alike.
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review If you thought that U2's last two greatest-hits discs had just a few too many minor songs on them, U218 Singles is the collection for you. Made in a land where Boy, October, Pop and Zooropa don't exist, this CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses. With no attempt made to put them in chronological or any logical order ("Sunday Bloody Sunday" follows "Sweetest Thing"), the only reason anyone but the most casual U2 fan needs to check this out is the inclusion of two new tracks produced by Rick Rubin. The first, a cover of "The Saints Are Coming," by 1970s Scottish punk band the Skids, is an above-average "Walk On"-style anthem that -- despite the presence of Green Day -- has been thoroughly de-punked. The second, "Window in the Skies," sounds like a "City of Blinding Lights" remake with Bono's trademark vocal acrobatics. The astonishing success of The Beatles 1 proved there's a huge market for single-disc hits collections from monster bands, so Singles should almost certainly do well, even if it does feel a bit perfunctory.
Reviewer Andy Greene
ReviewRating 8
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Artist U2
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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