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Pop - U2's most underrated album

Season 1, Ep. 28

Pop is the ninth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by FloodHowie B, and Steve Osborne, and was released on 3 March 1997 on Island Records. The album was a continuation of the band's 1990s musical reinvention, as they incorporated alternative rocktechnodance, and electronica influences into their sound. Pop employed a variety of production techniques that were relatively new to U2, including samplingloopsprogrammed drum machines, and sequencing.

Recording sessions began in 1995 with various record producers, including Nellee Hooper, Flood, Howie B, and Osborne, who were introducing the band to various electronica influences. At the time, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. was inactive due to a back injury, prompting the other band members to take different approaches to songwriting. Upon Mullen's return, the band began re-working much of their material but ultimately struggled to complete songs. After the band allowed manager Paul McGuinness to book their upcoming 1997 PopMart Tour before the record was completed, they felt rushed into delivering it.


We delve into U2's less talked about album.


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