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U2

Let Them Be: The Second Chapter DVD

Review by Gary Hill

The first note that should be made here is that those who are true U2 completists might already have this. No, it won’t look like this, but this is a collection of two DVDs, both of which have been available previously. So, depending on how seriously you take your collecting, before you make this purchase, check to see if you have it or not.

The first disc in the set is Achtung Baby: A Classic Album Under Review. The “Under Review” series is actually quite a cool one. Generally, they take an album, in this case U2’s Achtung Baby and analyze it in depth. That’s accomplished by music critics and people who were around the band discussing the release. Some of these can be a bit too cheer squad like, but this album deserves the treatment it gets.

The second is a documentary focusing on the modern era of U2. It’s similar to the opener, but is called “The Rebirth of Cool: U2 in the Third Millenium.”  Instead of focusing on just one album, like the first DVD in the set, this one is about the last couple discs. It’s another strong documentary.

The long and short of it? If you are a U2 fan, you might already have these two releases. If you don’t, you probably should pick them up. Understand that these are done as unauthorized, meaning there’s no access to the band and licensing and such, but they are informative and interesting documentaries nonetheless.

 

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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