100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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U2, 'All That You Can't Leave Behind'

"We're re-applying for the job [of] best band in the world," said Bono in 2001. After a decade dabbling in postmodernism, electronica and orange goggles, U2 transformed back to a world-beating pop band on Behind, an album that oozed arena-scale romance. Joshua Tree producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois came back to the fold, and Bono was Bono again, at once grandiose, warm and optimistic. "Beautiful Day" and the rafter-shaking "Elevation" were vibrant hits, and every song seemed somehow offhand, making this U2's most casual-sounding album — and an astounding comeback.

 

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