This transitional, hit-or-miss set, U2's first collaboration with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, followed 1983's breakthrough, War. When things click, it bridges that record's fight-the-power arena rock withthe texture fetishism of its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. The transcendent"Bad" is the triumph, but the bonus disc adds fascinating experiments,including the excellent Bowie-drag outtake "Disappearing Act" and somefunky B sides that borrow from Eno's Talking Heads playbook (see "BoomerangII"). They're working notes from the band's first great reinvention; itwouldn't be its last.
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