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An ambitious and startling work, Achtung Baby infuses a wealth of new influences into the U2 sound; dance, electronica and indie rock - but with a sense of irony and abandonment that takes the band beyond the stadium rock of previous recordings. The soulful 'One', rocking 'Mysterious Ways' and downright strange 'The Fly' are the standout tracks on an album full of gems.
Recorded in the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin where David Bowie had made 'Low' and 'Heroes'. On Achtung Baby U2 reinvented themselves for the '90s as a more artful and considered act.
The Zoo TV Tour that followed incorporated multimedia use of giant screens, live televised hook-ups to war zones and crank calls, multiple costume changes and personal appearances from the likes of Benny and Bjorn of Abba, Axl Rose, Public Enemy and the controversial author Salmon Rushdie.
All in all an exhilarating package, the music is looser and sexier than earlier work, a true statement from a great band able to fully realise their vision and an indispensable work of musical genius.