- All That You Can't Leave Behind
Name = All That You Can't Leave Behind
Type = studio
30 October 2000
Recorded = HQ,
Windmill Lane Studios, Westland Studios, and Totally Wired, Dublin, Ireland2000
Genre = Rock
Length = 49:23
Label = Island, Interscope
Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
Allmusicrating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0xkcikxabb89 link]
The Music Boxrating|5|5 [http://www.musicbox-online.com/u2-leave.html 2001-01]
*Pitchfork (5.0/10) [http://pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/22837/U2_All_That_You_Cant_Leave_Behind 2000-01-11]
Robert Christgau(A-) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=u2 link]
Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/_/id/232369 2000-10-26]
Last album = "Hasta la Vista Baby!"
This album = "All That You Can't Leave Behind"
Next album = "7"
Misc = Singles
Name = All That You Can't Leave Behind
Type = studio
single 1 =
single 1 date =
9 October 2000
single 2 =
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of
single 2 date =
29 January 2001
single 3 = Walk On
single 3 date =
20 February 2001
single 4 = Elevation
single 4 date =
25 June 2001
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" is the tenth studio album by the Irish rock band
U2, released in 2000 by Island Recordsin the UK and Interscope Recordsin the U.S. The album signaled the band's return to a more traditional sound after their experimentation with alternative rockand dance music in the 1990s and the cold reception to their 1997 album "Pop". U2 declared on a number of occasions that they were "reapplying for the job ... [of] the best band in the world". [cite web |url=http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,212605,00.html |title=Bono's Mission |accessdate=2007-03-10 |last=Tyrangiel |first=Josh |work=Time |date=2002-02-23 ] The album reunited the band with producers Brian Enoand Daniel Lanois, also with the participation of Mike Hedges.
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" was commercially successful, selling over 12 million copies, and critically acclaimed, with the band winning seven
Grammy Awards. The songs " Beautiful Day", "Walk On", "Elevation", and " Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of" were all successful singles. RS500|139
Reuniting the band with the production duo of
Daniel Lanoisand Brian Eno—who also produced " The Unforgettable Fire", " The Joshua Tree" and " Achtung Baby" albums—the album was seen as a return to the band's traditional sound after their more experimental records of the 1990s. In many ways, however, this is an oversimplification, as the album breaks new ground by retaining the sonic nuances of their 1990s work and reconciling it with the melodic, hook-filled rock of their 1980s 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 also includes " Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," a song written by Bonofor his friend, lead singer of INXS, Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997.
Following the comparatively poor reception of their previous album "Pop", U2 declared on a number of occasions that they were "re-applying for the job ... of best band in the world." [cite web |url=http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,212605,00.html |title=Bono's Mission |accessdate=2007-03-10 |last=Tyrangiel |first=Josh |work=Time |date=
2002-02-23] Promotional activities included a number of U2 firsts such as appearances on MTV's " Total Request Live", USA Network's " Farm Club", and " Saturday Night Live". The band kicked off the release of the album by performing a short concert for about 600 people at the ManRay club in Paris, France, on October 19, 2000, as part of the promotion for the October 30th release of the album. [ [http://www.u2-vertigo-tour.com/show1145.html U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind Promo Tour] - setlist from Oct. 19, 2000]
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" is easy to relate to, full of solid songs that appeal to a wide audience with its clear notions of family, friendship, love, death, and re-birth. More Lanois than Eno on first impression, the sounds on this album come from a band that has digested the music it started to consume while making "Rattle and Hum". This time they are neither imitating or paying tribute. This time it's soul music, not music about soul.
— Caroline van Oosten de Boer [Graham (2004), page 21]
The album met wide acclaim from critics and the public, debuting at #1 in 28 countries (#3 in the
United States). Many critics, such as " Rolling Stone" magazine, declared it as "U2's third masterpiece", alongside " The Joshua Tree" and " Achtung Baby". [cite web | title=U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind | date= 2000-10-26| work= Rolling Stone| url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/u2/albums/album/232369/review/6068360/all_that_you_cant_leave_behind | accessdate=2007-07-11 ] The first single released was "Beautiful Day", which reached #1 in the UK single charts (which tracks the popularity of individual songs) and in most European countries, Canadaand Australia. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" became the fourth highest-selling U2 album, with total sales of over 12 million. The album holds an average critic score of 80% on Metacritic.
Awards and accolades
"All That You Can't Leave Behind" won seven Grammy Awards in two years. It is the only album ever to have two singles win "Record of the Year" in two consecutive years.
*"Beautiful Day" won
Grammy Award for Record of the Yearin 2001.
*"Beautiful Day" won
Grammy Award for Song of the Yearin 2001.
*"Beautiful Day" won
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocalin 2001.
Grammy Award for Best Rock Albumin 2002.
*"Walk On" won
Grammy Award for Record of the Yearin 2002.
Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocalin 2002.
*"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" won
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocalin 2002.
The accompanying Elevation Tour officially began on March 24, 2001 with a two-night stay at the
National Car Rental Centernear Fort Lauderdale, Florida, [ [http://www.u2tours.com/find.src?TOUR=Elevation+-+1st+leg&Concert=&x=21&y=21 U2Tours.com] - Elevation Tour, 1st leg] and ended back in Miami, Floridaon December 2, 2001 at the American Airlines Arena. [ [http://www.u2tours.com/find.src?TOUR=Elevation+-+3rd+leg&Concert=&x=20&y=17 U2Tours.com] - Elevation Tour, 3rd leg] The tour featured three legs and a total of 113 shows. [ [http://www.u2-vertigo-tour.com/Elevation_Tour.html U2 Vertigo Tour.com] - Elevation Tour statistics] The Elevation Tour saw U2 return to playing indoor arenas after they spent the 1990s in outdoor stadiums. The stage design of the Elevation Tour was more stripped-down and intimate for the fans. The tour grossed approximately US$110 million, and in 2005 was listed as the third biggest tour of all time by Pollstar, [ [http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2005-01-23-u2-tour-dates_x.htm U2 tour has the concert business getting dizzy] - USA Today, January 23, 2005] with many of the stops selling out immediately. [ [http://www.pollstar.com/news/viewnews.pl?NewsID=1420 More U2 For The U.S.] - Pollstar, November 8, 2001] The band performed multiple shows in the same location including four consecutive shows in Chicago, Boston and London, respectively.
The songs "Elevation" and "Beautiful Day", which debuted on the tour, are two of only five U2 songs to have been played at every concert since their introduction (the other three being "One", "Vertigo", and "
City of Blinding Lights").
The photographs used for the album cover and interior art were taken by
Anton Corbijnin the Roissy Hall 2F of the Charles de Gaulle International Airportin Paris, France. Portions of the music videofor "Beautiful Day" were also filmed there.
The album cover contains a subtle religious message in the departure gate sign on the left edge of the photo. In early press ads for the album, the sign reads "F21-36". On the finished album artwork, however, it has been changed to "J33-3 →". Bono made the change at the last minute, stating that it refers to the Bible verse Jeremiah 33:3, "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known." (ESV) In Bono's words, "It was done like a piece of graffiti. It's known as 'God's telephone number.'" [Chris Heath, "U2: Band of the Year," "Rolling Stone", 18 January 2001]
total_length = 49:23
all_writing = U2, with lyrics by Bono, except where noted
length1 = 4:06
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
note2 = Bono, The Edge
length2 = 4:32
title3 = Elevation
length3 = 3:45
title4 = Walk On
length4 = 4:55
title5 = Kite
note5 = Bono, The Edge
length5 = 4:23
In a Little While
length6 = 3:37
title7 = Wild Honey
length7 = 3:37
title8 = Peace on Earth
length8 = 4:46
When I Look at the World
note9 = Bono, The Edge
length9 = 4:15
title10 = New York
length10 = 5:28
title11 = Grace
length11 = 5:31
title12 = The Ground Beneath Her Feet
note12 = bonus track;
length12 = 3:44In
Japan, Australia, Irelandand the UK, "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (3:44) is a bonus track at the end. The lyric was written by Salman Rushdie, and he features in the video, shown writing the song. Rushdie also provides an account of his relationship with the band and how the song came to be written in his book of essays, "Step Across This Line".
Various limited edition copies included a bonus disc with either "Always," "Summer Rain," or "Big Girls are Best". The "
7 (EP)" was subsequently released in the U.S., collecting these B-sides previously unavailable in that region.
Chart positions and sales
Top selling singles and albums in Ireland 2001
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title = UK number one album
November 11 2000– November 17 2000
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title = Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 6– November 19 2000
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