U2

In the Name of the Father

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U2 once swore that their music would never be used to shill movie soundtracks. Then the Achtung Baby reinvention happened. And, before you knew it, not only was Bono a Grammy winner, he was a film soundtrack award nominee. His 1993 contribution to the In the Name of the Father soundtrack was nominated for a Golden Globe but lost out to "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen. So this single comes with high expectations. However, the Bono and Gavin Friday collaboration nominated for the Gloden Globe, "(You Made Me) The Thief of Your Heart," is not on this single. "In the Name of the Father" is a strong, politically conscious song and was the theme to the movie. But it is neither the film's best track, nor one that lends itself well to remixes. None of the four versions on this single offer a compelling reason to buy this single over the soundtrack. They all emasculate the passion of the original. Purchasers probably won't find themselves ever listening to this single. Which is a shame for a U2 music purchase. So buy the In the Name of the Father soundtrack instead. Because with it you get the truly great "The Thief of Your Heart" sung by Sinéad O'Connor, the disco-trip "Billy Boola" (also with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer), and the rest of the music from the film. Half of this single is pretty useless: the edited version and the instrumental version are unwanted. Then the "Unidare Mix" is very close to the original and the "Beats Mix" is as enjoyable as root canal.

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