This dazzling and prophetic album seems to foreshadow the disintegration of the old world order and the splintering of traditional alliances that have marked the start of the third millennium.In this intelligent and spiritually attuned book, Stephen Catanzarite reads Achtung Baby as an extended and universal riff on the Fall of Man, showing this to be an album that Bono rightly called one "heavy mother".More
If you thought U2’s seventh album was just a great band’s venture into dance pop, Stephen Catanzarite has some news for you. Achtung Baby, originally released in 1991 and having sold 18 million copies and counting, is in for the 33 1/3 treatment in this audiobook, earnestly narrated by Jonathan Davis.
Catanzarite announces at the outset that he will not shy from "name-checking the Almighty" as he attempts a reading of the album as a "meditation on love in the shadow of the fall". What follows are religious and political ruminations on subjects such as the sexual revolution (a bad thing) and theodicy, all through readings of songs like "Mysterious Ways" and "One". Catanzarite sees through a glass darkly, like St. Paul...or Bono in those glasses.
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- K. L. Hettinger
Christian Opinion piece on the album