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Released: November 7, 1995

Rating: 3.602 (average of 5 rating2)

Genre: alternative rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. United Colors
  2. Slug
  3. Your Blue Room
  4. Always Forever Now
  5. A Different Kind of Blue
  6. Beach Sequence
  7. Miss Sarajevo
  8. Ito Okashi [with Akiko Kobayashi]
  9. One Minute Warning
  10. Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)
  11. Elvis Ate America [with Howie B]
  12. Plot 180
  13. Theme from the Swan
  14. Theme from Let’s Go Native

Total Running Time: 58:03


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 76
peak on U.K. album chart 12

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Miss Sarajevo (12/95) #6 UK

Original Soundtracks 1
Passengers (U2 with Brian Eno)
“Passengers is a collaboration between U2 and Brian Eno” (Erlewine) in which they create “14 compositions for imagined movies” (Sarig). The offshoot project from U2’s more traditional fare allowed them to be “released…from its own image and allowed the band more creative elbowroom than ever before” (Sarig). “Under Eno’s influence, the group incorporates more ambient electronic soundscapes, which unravel over the course of the album” (Erlewine).

“The heart of the album is in its instrumentals, where the band – particularly the Edge and Eno – manages to keep the constantly shifting sonic colors and textures involving and intriguing” (Erlewine). “Eno, who’s done this sort of thing for decades, plays a defining role. Tracks like United Colours and One Minute Warning, with their electronic pulsations and organic atmospherics, clearly fall onto his ambient/ techno terrain. Even tracks more recognizably the band’s are enriched by collaboration: The hilarious Elvis Ate America is even more absurd with Howie B’s scratching and vocal calls” (Sarig). “The touching Miss Sarajevo” (Sarig) is “a slowly pulsating and melancholy collaboration with Luciano Pavarotti, who makes the middle eight soar” (Erlewine).

“Equally impressive is the sweeping Your Blue Room, which stands as one of U2’s finest ballads” (Erlewine). It is a great example of how “the band’s knack for anthemic pop songwriting shines through every once and a while” (Erlewine), even if “Original Soundtracks 1 sounds more like a Brian Eno album” (Erlewine) as U2 allow him “to assume virtual membership in the band, adopt the pseudonym Passengers, and immerse themselves in the anonymity of film music” (Sarig).

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previous U2 album: Zooropa (1993) U2’s DMDB page next U2 album: Pop (1997)

Last updated January 27, 2009.