U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

U2 ushered in the new millenium with the album many critics call their “3rd masterpiece,” (following The Joshua Tree and Achtung, Baby). The album found them returning to their roots while continuing to mix in some of the dance and electronic experiments of their previous couple of albums. The spiritual message in Bono’s lyrics had been present from the start, but with this release, he screamed it loud and clear. The album contained many hit singles, such as Beautiful Day, Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, and Elevation, but in the tour that followed the 9/11 attacks in New York, it was the songs like Walk On, Grace, When I Look at the World, and Peace on Earth that took on an extra poignancy and helped begin the healing for a hurting world. The songs on All That You Can’t Leave Behind helped give me hope in some of my darker days. Every time I listen to it, I still find every song to be inspiring; there’s no filler on this one. Much has been said about U2’s prophetic voice for the Church, (and rightfully so). There’s no better place to hear that voice than right here with this album. (Buy here)

Suggested Reading:

Steve Stockman. Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2.