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