Zooropa

~ Release group by U2

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
ZooropaU2CD10
  • JP1993-07-05
Nippon Phonogram Co., Ltd. (use as manufacturer and/or distributor only)PHCR-17504988011337635
ZooropaU2CD10
  • GB1993-07-05
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)518 047-2, CIDU29731451804724
Zooropa (Has 27 second hidden track at end)U2CD10
  • CA1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)314-518 047-2731451804724
Zooropa (Made in Germany (BIEM/GEMA))U2CD10
  • XE1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)74321 15371 2743211537124
ZooropaU212" Vinyl10
  • GB1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)U29731451804717
Zooropa (hidden track split, silence trimmed)U2Vinyl11
  • GB1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)U29731451804717
Zooropa (hidden track split, silence trimmed)U2CD11
  • US1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)314‐518 047‐2731451804724
ZooropaU2CD10
  • US1993-07-06
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)314‐518 047‐2731451804724
ZooropaU2CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CIDU 29 518047-2731451804724
ZooropaU2CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Phonogram518047-2731451804724
ZooropaU2CD10
ZooropaU2CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)SSTARCD 60346001210678830
ZooropaU2CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)314-518 047-2, D123400
Zooropa (Mastered for iTunes)U2Digital Media10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)602557671667
ZooropaU2SHM-CD10
  • JP2017-09-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICI-90624988031237335
ZooropaU22×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • XE2018-07-27
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)U292018602557970821
Promotion
Zooropa SamplerU2Cassette12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)[none][none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Lemon
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Zooropa
included in:Achtung Baby / Zooropa
part of:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 1994 winner) (order: 4)
Jaguaro: One Hundred Albums You Should Remove from Your Collection Immediately (number: 26) (order: 26)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/62819 [info]
reviews:https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/u2-zooropa/ [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/vwgb [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/U/U2/Discography/Zooropa/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/zooropa/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000098950 [info]
Wikidata:Q220336 [info]

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U2 was unassailable by the mid 90s – they had married art and commerce in a glorious union. They had underlined the post-modernism of Achtung Baby with the Zoo TV Tour, which saw Bono ridiculing his band's vaunted position with enough sincerity as to not lose their audience, and in the process, gain a new one.

Zooropa took the restless flippancy of Achtung Baby and multiplied it. As every lumpen rock band seemed to latch on to glitter and quotation marks, U2 were still ahead of the pack, releasing this left-turn of a 'mini-album', produced by Flood, Brian Eno and the Edge. It was a European answer to Britpop and grunge, which almost perversely seemed to ditch any trademarks associated sonically with the band.
Using all of Eno's tricks and atmospherics, they took what was essentially some slight material, dressed it in filmic, artificial beauty and continued their march as the greatest band in the world. The title track emerges out of two minutes of atmospherics; and comes in two parts. Numb – a collection of negative instructions – is a critique on the relentless and disposable nature of popular culture.

A lot is down to the album's sound – the synth and percussion clash at the start of Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car; the warmth of Adam Clayton's bass on Some Days Are Better Than Others. The ''man builds a city'' refrain in Lemon is Eno revisiting his choral work with Talking Heads on Remain In Light, using the voice as another instrument, to lustrous effect. It is only the final track, The Wanderer, sung by Johnny Cash, which reinstates the real and provides a link with the mythical heartlands of America they spent the latter half of the 80s searching for.

For something that was essentially an adjunct to its predecessor (and much was made about how quickly it was delivered) Zooropa still has a delightful hi-tech raggedness to it. It is a bit serious and a bit daft at the same time. Remarkably, once again, U2 had pulled it off.