Continuing my list of favorite albums from every year I've been alive.
U2: All That You Can't Leave Behind
The Year 2000. Wow. Remember when all the computers crashed and the world blew up?
After a couple of disappointing albums (especially Pop), I was thrilled to hear U2 go back to a sound I recognized and loved. I'd gotten away from buying new U2 albums on the day they came out, but as single after great single was released for this one, I got more and more excited.
It's not one of my favorites of their albums, but that's probably because it was so overplayed on the radio that year. "Beautiful Day" is an excellent song, but all these years later I still never find myself thinking, "Boy, I sure would like to hear that again."
A really close runner-up to this record is a-ha's Minor Earth Major Sky. Actually, I replay the a-ha album much more than the U2 one, but I didn't realize it existed until a few years later. All That You Can't Leave Behind, on the other hand, is the year 2000 for me, musically speaking.
And "Elevation" is a song that I still can't get enough of.
U2 - Elevation
a-ha: Minor Earth Major Sky
Richard Cheese: Lounge Against the Machine
The Dandy Warhols: "Bohemian Like You"
Doves: "Catch the Sun"
Nelly Furtado: "I'm Like a Bird"
Nelly Furtado: "Turn Off the Light"
Matchbox Twenty: "Bent"