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Stripping back the layers and concentrating on the basics, All That You Can't Leave Behind is U2 back on form as a tight, concise four piece band, the rush of 'Beautiful Day' kicks off an album of U2 classics, sounding more like their old selves but with a greater sonic awareness: Instead of looking for outside influences, All That You Can't Leave Behind is pure distilled U2, unashamedly big and life-affirming.
This bonus track version features the beautiful ballad, 'The Ground Beneath Her Feet', a song inspired and co-written by Salman Rushdie for Wim Wenders' film, The Million Dollar Hotel.
On All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 strips back the complex productions of their last three releases and concentrates on the songs themselves, and what a set of songs they are; the summery pop magnificence of 'Wild Honey', strings and slide guitar anchor the beautiful 'Kite' and the monster that is 'Beautiful Day' soars like an eagle on the back of a solid beat and killer chorus. Hooks and tunes aplenty, All That You Can't Leave Behind is U2 at their very best, an album that delights and fulfills all its promises as a monumental rock record.