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U2's Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall (33 1/3 Series) | [Stephen Catanzarite]

U2's Achtung Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadow of the Fall (33 1/3 Series)

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".

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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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".

Rock on: listen to more of the 33 1/3 series.

©2007 Stephen Catanzarite; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Craig Portage, IN, USA 07-09-09
    Craig Portage, IN, USA 07-09-09
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    I heard great things about the 33 1/3 series and when I saw they added this album to the series, I thought I would love it. I was VERY wrong.

    As soon as it starts, it tells you that it will NOT be a blow by blow account of the making of the album. HUH??? I thought that's what I was getting when I downloaded it. Instead it is a very pretentious (even though the narrator tells you it will be...he was greatly underestimating that) pseudo-philisophical look into..something...I still haven't figured out what that something is, perhaps I'm too stupid to ever know.

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    Carron cooma, Australia 07-30-10
    Carron cooma, Australia 07-30-10
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    if your a U2 fan you will appreciate this NO END! it was amazing and i've listend to it at least 20 times! and shared it with my U2 friends and they loved it too! it takes Achtung Baby to a whole new level of understanding, this will blow your mind! it makes me want to shout, scream, sing and dance all at the same time, ive stopped it, i went back again and again, it made perfect sence to me! U2 fans will LOVE this, i cant say any more. AMAZING! BRILLIANT!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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