All That You Can't Leave Behind

All That You Can't Leave Behind

by U2

CD(Dutch Import)

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For most of their two decades together, U2 have ranked among the most forward-looking of rock's mega-bands, which makes their decision to "get back to their roots" on this remarkably evocative album a curious -- but thoroughly positive -- one. The electronics, irony, and distance of recent years have largely been stripped away, all the better to concentrate on the Edge's still visceral guitar playing and Bono's eternally questing presence. The singer proves he can still send shivers down the spine by soaring through songs such as the yearning "Peace on Earth," but he's just as capable of capturing attention with subtlety and a downbeat delivery, as he does on the pensive "New York." A good bit of All That You Can't Leave Behind comes couched in dark hues, thanks to Bono's heart-on-his-sleeve musings and the seductive production of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. But there are moments of outright abandon giddy enough to pack a dance floor with folks doing the old bump 'n' grind, including the lusty "Wild Honey" and the soulful spirit-lifter "Stuck in a Moment." U2's rhythm section, Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton, who sounded somewhat tentative on experimental discs such as Pop and Zooropa, positively leap into the hard-charging grooves of songs such as "Elevation" and the corny but infectious "Walk On," a pair of songs that bring to mind the vibrant Rattle and Hum-era incarnation of the band. This appropriately titled disc is, in many ways, a reclamation of styles and notions U2 once discarded as outmoded, only to find that they fit mighty well after all.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2002
Label: Imports
UPC: 0731454828529
catalogNumber: 920123
Rank: 51874


  1. Beautiful Day
  2. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
  3. Elevation
  4. Walk On
  5. Kite
  6. In a Little While
  7. Wild Honey
  8. Peace on Earth
  9. When I Look at the World
  10. New York
  11. Grace

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist,Group
Edge   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Barrett   Brass,Overdubs
Bono   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Mullen   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer,Lyricist
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Tim Palmer   Engineer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Steve Averill   Art Direction
Alex Haas   Engineer
Anton Corbijn   Cover Photo
Stephen Harris   Engineer
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Shaughn McGrath   Cover Design,Sleeve Design
Richard Rainey   Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Producer
Alex Hass   Engineer
Sam O'Sullivan   Studio Manager,Drum Technician
Fraser McAlister   Guitar Techician
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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All That You Can't Leave Behind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This was a very consistent U2 album. There are no numbers as good as With Or Without You, but nothing as bad as Numb. Sonically, it was very good, incorporating a bit of the experiments of Zooropa and Pop with the traditional U2 sound. Perhaps its consistency is what kept it from true greatness. The band, perhaps not intentionally but because they were growing older, seemed to be moving toward an adult contemporary sound. The bite of their early work was gone, perhaps forever. On the bright side, the despair and doubt that peeked through Pop was absent.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This is another classic U2 sound from one of my favorite bands.  The last song on the CD, Grace, is stunningly beautiful.  The first half of the CD is a bunch of familiar songs from the radio play.  If you like U2, this CD will fit fine in your collection.  If you somehow don't know anything about U2, this would still be a fine beginning to their music, but definitely check into their older albums, as they somehow are a bit more classic, edgy, and necessary U2 albums to have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am almost 32 years old and have been a huge U2 and huge Bono fan, since I am 13 years old. No matter what roads U2 may travel, they will never disappoint me musically, or otherwise. They are not only brilliant, but they are the classiest bunch of musicians I have ever known! Throughout this cd, you can hear so many influences from the past, from the likes of WAR, Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree, even POP. As long as Bono has a pen in his hand, U2 will always be and remain, in my opinion, the best rock band, EVER!!!! No matter what they may experiment for future projects, they will always be ''U2'', always....
Guest More than 1 year ago
this Cd is so dull............... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz I only gave it one star because zero star was not an option!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow! an incredibly moving album! very soulful/poetic. ladies-bono will make you quiver w/ ''in a little while''. very sexy & mello.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a terrific album from a band that has matured. u2 has found answers to questions asked in their youth. poetic lyrics, edge at his best, well produced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a U2 fan since the 80's, and I've (sometimes kicking and screaming) followed them through all their phases. After being convinced for years that nothing would ever touch ''The Joshua Tree'', I woke up one day to realize 5 years after the album had come out, that ''Achtung Baby'' was the most brilliant album I'd ever heard. So admittedly, I've had to eat my words, and my sentiments several times. However this album is a gem. I can't say where I think it fits overall in terms of their career, but i do know that I have listened to the CD constantly since I got it. Not only that, but my boyfriend who's a fan, but not obsessed like me, listened to it constantly too. Right now I think ''Elevation'' is one of the sexiest songs ever, and I love ''Beautiful Day'', ''Wild Honey'', and ''Walk On''. I can't wait for them to come on tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years ago Bono of U2 said,''we are going to put out the best rock 'n roll album.'' All That You Can't Leave Behind is the fruit of that labor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have waited a long time for a U2 album to come out that would once again blow me away like ''Joshua Tree'', or ''Achtung Baby'', and this album has done it. Be it the harder sound of ''Elevation'' or the more gentle ''When I Look At the World'', this album has something for everybody. In todays world of Brittney and N'Sync, it's nice to finally hear something that will be listened to twenty years from now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
U2 has clearly come out of their wierd stage, and makes War,and The Joshua Tree look like beginner's luck.Every track is great and unique in its own way,pianos and fast percussion rythyms make it really great
Guest More than 1 year ago
When young musicians ask me for advice on how to handle their careers, I have only one thing to say: U2. The song writing and orchestration of this cd create a rich, vibrant tapestry. More credit and coverage should be given to genius/producer/musician Brian Eno for his incredible contributions to this Art. The indefatigable U2 has managed the impossible by surpassing their groundbreaking album Joshua Tree. All That You Can't Leave Behind: Sui Generis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought the latest U2 album and since then I have been listening to it endlessly. In my view, the tunes move from danceable ones such as track 1 to romantics such as track 6. And being a Yankee, I couldn't resist the lure of track 10, appropriately called NEW YORK. How wonderful that having been a U2 fan since my college days, I am still an ardent fan in graduate school, gnawing at the heels of middle age. U2 does us-its fans-proud. This is what I'd like to say to the band-keep bringing out those beautiful tunes and you can rest assured that we will be with you to eternity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first time actually buying a U2 album, and boy is this a great one! I'm so glad to have picked up this CD and to have it in my collection. The music is soothing, and also uplifting. These guys have been around for a while now but they still have it! I can't wait for their next album to come out but for now, ''All That You Can't Leave Behind'' is easily one of my most favorite CD's. This album is a must have for all U2 fans. Go on, BUY IT! I did and I have no regrets, neither will you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a U2 fan for 20 years, and my reaction to this album was relief--they sound like themselves again and not like some imitation of how they seem to think others want them to sound. Some of the tracks on this album are as good as any they've written: Walk On, Elevation, In a Little While, Grace...Others are not quite as strong lyrically or musically. The album flows quite nicely and has an uplifting, soulful feel to it. I especially like to play the rockin' Elevation (loud) or the soulful ''Grace''. The New York track is almost eerie in that you can detect a sense of impending tragedy... Overall, a good (not great) album that I highly recommend for fans and potential fans. And that should include just about everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album features 11 of the most sweetest, inspiring, gracefull, moving music that i have ever heard. If i had to discrive ''all that you cant leave behind'' in one word it would be ''sweet''. U2 was one of the best bands in the world 20 years ago (wow) and you know what, they still are one of the best bands now. U2 is the kind of rock band I love the most, sincere, original, not afraid to writte good melodies and still able to rock. This album portrays everything good music should be, just like U2 portray everything a great band should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When U2 rocks they get it done like on Beautiful day, Stuck in..., Elevation, Wild honey, even possibly Walk on... BUT When they get into the soppy stuff the album slows and loses momentum like on Peace on earth, NY, Grace, when i look at the world. I suppose they still have good riffs and tunes even on the Second part of the album but it did not strike me as the first part did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the best U2 CD recorded ... and as a big U2 fan that's not an easy statement to make ... this CD rivals Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby ... and is widely considered the third U2 materpiece ... very soulful ...very energetic ... like most U2 albums it lifts you up ... if you don't have it, buy it today'll be glad you did ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This new album is plainly AWESOME! It's U2 at their most passionate since Achtung Baby. The songs sound like a great mix of The Joshua Tree, Unforgettable Fire, and Achtung Baby. The first four tracks alone will just blow you away. ''Beautiful Day'' is classic U2 and ''Elevation'' is a great drive-fast-with-your-windows-open kind of tune. They're baaack! And I for one am psyched. I can't wait to see them on tour again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All that You Can't Leave Behind is vast improvement over the last two U2 albums. Some might say they're going back to their Joshua Tree days but I think its a little different. Its simple. You might say they are replanting the Joshua Tree. The tunes are great and little electronic. Elevation and New York will be hits along with Beautiful Day. The album did take a couple listening to really appreciate but once I did I could not stop listening to it. They are definitely showing a more mature view in terms of their lyrics and sound. Bono sounds as great as ever. The songs are even better live which is a rare thing today. Can't wait to see them on tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge fan of U2 since the 80's and I have to say that I'm SO glad they've gone back to their real rock roots. This album has a great selection of songs and I play it over and over. Other than ''The Joshua Tree''(my favorite),I have to say this is their best work in years. They deserved their Grammy awards for this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
U2 has done a great job with this album, implementing many varieties of rock, from the the hard and heavy ''Elevation'' to the slow, mellow beat of ''Grace,'' this album has something for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yet another amazing album by one of the greatest bands of all time. ''Elevation'' rocks and ''Walk on'' is a great song which will be as popular as the song ''One''! If you like U2 this is a must have album (just like the rest). I can't wait for them to go on tour next March.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just the next step for a band that has gradually matured over time. I love every song on this album - my personal favorite being ''Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of.'' Once again Bono and the guys have displayed there knowledge of humanity as it really is. A must buy for everyone who loves intriguing lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Oscar Wilde's favorite word this album is ''Exquisite'' - it has taken less time than Achtung Baby to sink in; one wonders where the album will move to in the constellation of their wonderful corpus?