20 Years Ago, U2 Moved in New and Mysterious Ways

It was 20 years ago this weekend that U2′s Achtung Baby landed in music stores like something from another planet.

I was assigned to listen to the album and turn in a music review the next day to The Falcon, the student newspaper at Seattle Pacific University. So I joined the line of U2 fans at Tower Records for the midnight album release. Then I rushed back to my dorm, put on my headphones, and listened to the album four times through. It turned in my review at 4 a.m. and then slept a couple of hours before my first class of the day.

I found that review in a file folder tonight, and read it again. I’m surprised. I agree with almost everything that that 21-year-old wrote.

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Click on the image to enlarge it. And no, I don’t know what the pen marks on this old copy represent.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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