For A Moment There, U2 Could Have Been My Favourite Band

U2 are a very serious band, with very serious songs, and they were inescapable in Ireland in the 1980's, when I was a child. While those uplifting, energised stadium rock tunes took over the world, they didn't catch on with 5 year old me. But In the 1990's as the focus of the world shifted decisively to Europe, so did U2's attention, and the change yielded something that really resonated with 10 year old me. It was a 1993 album called Zooropa, dashed off quickly, and mostly forgotten by all but serious U2 fans. U2, though, had done something that for them was very different. They'd forseen the future. And it had loops and synthesisers and effects, and it was good.

Zooropa was an experiment in character, irony, style, and substance for U2. The strangest thing had happened. Bono was singing things that might mean more than they seemed to. They were ambiguous, insincere, and maybe, perhaps, they might not even be true. This was refreshing, and cast the band in a new light. They were now interesting, intriguing, even. There was more to them than there had been before, layers to peel away and discoveries to be made. And though they never recaptured the moment, they were, for a year or so, on the road to making exactly the music I would come to love as I got older. They could have been my favourite band, with a few more like Zooropa. So I'm going to tell you about the best U2 album you might never have heard.

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Ev Buckley