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1991’s Achtung Baby saw U2 update with a sleeker, more-European dance-oriented sound.
Recorded in Berlin’s Hansa Studio (famed for use in the ‘70s by David Bowie and Iggy Pop), it saw The Edge take the lead musically while Bono constructed an alter ego of The Fly. The silly man.
Still, after hits in The Fly, Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, no-one was complaining about Bono’s louche leather ‘n’ cheroots combo.
The upside? Edge’s guitar playing on Achtung Baby just might be his best ever. Discuss.