Ah, the face of ’87, pretty underneath the giant hat. More scans of NME’s special edition at U2achtung.com where you’ll also find scans of an article from ‘Compact’, a french music magazine. Text by Team Achtung, and they’ve provided us with a translation too:
“I’ve always thought that music was something transcendental, pacifying”, said Bono. “I just didn’t think I would depend so much on it”. In this fall of 2002, if Bono is on all the humanitarian fronts, the U2 entity is always “The Unbreakable Heart Of Rock” and, after more than two decades, music and message of U2 are more relevant than ever.
After the first Best Of released at the end of 98, which was coming back to the 80’s, here comes the second volume of the adventures of the 4 most famous Irish world-wide, which takes up these last 10 years. This Best Of, let’s remind, is part of a three-compilation deal, signed by U2 with Island a few years ago, timely on schedule then.
One more Best Of could we say, since we’re swamped with all kinds of compilation by the music industry, without any further effort or idea than making the “mainstream” audience pay. A Best Of is also often the synonym of an inspiration crisis for the artists so compiled and an easy way to regain some commercial echo.
Nothing of all that for U2, who, contradicting the rule, is more “alive and kicking” than ever ! Even before this Best Of and the huge commercial success of “All that you can’t leave behind” in 2000 with the triumphal tour (Elevation Tour) that followed, U2 has proved all the talent it could display, proving once again it had hardly a competitor on the planet rock. With the Best Of, and we’ll come back to it later on, U2 proves via 2 brand new titles and some new mixes, that the creative verve has not left them, on the contrary.
For the future, we could also rest assured on the “studio” intentions of the band who ventures to announce a new original album for 2003 !
No worries then, even concerning the risk of saturation, despite so many new materials in a few years time. This Best Of is not only a marvellous comeback to the “revolutionary years” of U2 but also a promise for the future. And this even if summarising the U2 of the 90