Pop

~ Release group by U2

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Pop CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) PHCR-1835 4988011349737
Pop 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 524 334-1, U210 731452433411
Pop CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 524 334-2, CIDU210 731452433428
Pop CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 314‐524 334‐2 731452433428
Pop CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 524 334-2 731452433428
Pop CD 12 Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), PolyGram I2-24334 777495252030102
Pop (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 1240416505 602557667301
Pop SHM-CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICI-9063 4988031237342
Pop 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), UMC (label of Universal Music UK) 5796999 602557969993

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Discothèque
Staring at the Sun
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000090394 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/62553 [info]
Wikidata: Q731908 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Pop (U2 album) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/U/U2/Discography/Pop/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/pop/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/dvn8 [info]

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The Edge described Pop, rather disingenuously, as being, ''about as far away from U2 as it is possible to be". This was strange considering that their last album, in collaboration with Brian Eno, had been the very un-U2 Passengers album. This was the point where, despite their epic status as world superstars, U2 were finally proven to have feet of clay.

It's the sound of a band not reinventing themselves (as they did on Achtung Baby), but straining to keep up with the zeitgeist. In 1997 Britpop was on the wane, and dance music was now mainstream. The band employ Howie B, Steve Osborne and Flood to pep up some quite straightforward songs with loops, samples and bubbling synths. But despite the fairy dust they still have a somewhat dour heart.

Opening single Discotheque may have had a jolly camp glitterball romp of a video, but the irony seemed forced. By Last Night On Earth and Gone the party mood's soured and the other blast of fresh air: Mofo, has been forgotten. Closer, Wake Up Dead Man, may be the grimmest thing they ever committed to tape.

The number of singles released from Pop (six out of 12) just drove home the point that maybe U2 had strayed too far. Barely any of this material was used in subsequent gigs, and on their next studio outing they returned to what, after all, they knew best: pure stadium rock.