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Achtung Baby is SPIN's Best Album

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SPIN magazine has named Achtung Baby the best/most influential album of the past 25 years -- part of SPIN's celebration of its 25th anniversary. Says the magazine:

"Unlike Radiohead with OK Computer and Kid A, U2 took their post-industrial, trad-rock disillusionment not as a symbol of overall cultural malaise, but as a challenge to buck up and transcend. Their confessions of frailty and blindness amid murky atmospherics (no doubt egged on by coproducer Brian Eno) had an air of cleansing rather than whining. That the album trails off introspectively is brave in its own quiet way."

In order, the rest of SPIN's top five:

2. Sign 'O The Times, Prince
3. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
4. Nevermind, Nirvana
5. OK Computer, Radiohead

Only one other U2 album made the list: The Joshua Tree at number 62. U2 also appears in several categories on SPIN's 25th anniversary readers' poll.