All That You Can't Leave Behind

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All That You Can't Leave Behind is an album by the Irish alternative rock band U2. It was released in 2000 (see 2000 in music) by Island Records in the UK and Interscope Records in the US.

Reuniting the band with the production duo of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno--who also produced The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby--is often seen as a return to basics after the group's experimental nineties records. In many ways, however, this is an oversimplification, as the album retains the sonic nuances of their nineties work and reconciles it with the melodic, hook-filled rock of their eighties work. The first song (and lead single), "Beautiful Day," for instance, is an optimistic anthem that opens with a drum machine and a rhythm sequencer.

The album includes "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," a song written by Bono for his friend Michael Hutchence, who killed himself in 1997. The song is written in the form of an argument about suicide in which Bono tries to convince Hutchence of the act's foolishness. Bono characterized the song as a good old row between friends which he felt guilty that he never got to have with Hutchence. Brian Eno was enthusiastic about the song and wagered with Bono that it would become the group's biggest single. While this did not come to pass, it is nonetheless a fan favorite, with its gospel-tinged melodies and saccharine guitar leads.

The album met wide acclaim from critics and the public, debuting at #1 in 28 countries (but only reaching #3 in the United States). The first single released was "Beautiful Day", which reached #1 in the UK single charts (which track the popularity of individual songs) and in most European countries, Canada and Australia. All That You Can't Leave Behind was the third highest selling U2 album, with total sales of over 10 million.


Track listing

  1. "Beautiful Day" (4:06)
  2. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (4:33)
  3. "Elevation" (3:48)
  4. "Walk On" (4:57)
  5. "Kite" (4:25)
  6. "In A Little While" (3:40)
  7. "Wild Honey" (3:47)
  8. "Peace On Earth" (4:49)
  9. "When I Look at the World" (4:14)
  10. "New York" (5:31)
  11. "Grace" (5:45)

Music by U2, words by Bono and the Edge.

Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.

"Beautiful Day," "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of," "Walk On," and "Elevation" were released as singles.

The 7 EP was released in the US, collecting many B-sides previous unavailable in that region.

In Japan, Australia and the UK, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (3:44) is a bonus track at the end. Various limited edition copies in the US included a bonus disc with either "Always" (3:46), "Summer Rain" (4:06), or "Big Girls Are Best" (3:37).


Elevation Tour

The album was supported by the Elevation Tour. Unlike its predecessors, ZooTV and PopMart, Elevation was a simple, stripped down affair, hitting arenas instead of stadiums. The stage included a large heart for general admission tickets, around which band members could walk, getting closer to the audience.

See also

External links

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