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Listen to Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Killers Cover U2


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U2 are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1991 album Achtung Baby in a big way. A documentary film, entitled From The Sky Down, was released earlier this year chronicling the making of Achtung Baby. The obligatory special releases will also hit stores next week. Perhaps the most interesting tribute is AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered, a compilation of Achtung Baby covers from artists like Garbage, Jack White, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and more that British magazine Q will include in their upcoming issue.

As reported by SPIN, tracks have been leaking one by one. Depeche Mode give “So Cruel” their trademark dark and melodic synths treatment, but still manages to keep the majestic sound of the original. The Killers tackle “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)” and lead singer Brandon Flowers does an impressive job of sounding like Bono. The track sounds a little rushed in the beginning but then finds its groove shortly after. Nine Inch Nails contributes a haunting rendition of “Zoo Station”, with Trent Reznor sounding very reserved on vocals.

Listen to all three tracks below. AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered is included in the current issue of Q Magazine that hit newsstands today. Achtung Baby will be reissued in five different formats on November 1, including an epic 10-disc “Super Deluxe” version.

What do you think of the covers? Do they do the originals justice? Sound off below.

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