Elevation (song)

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"Elevation"
Single by U2
from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind
B-side "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
Released 12 June 2001 (2001-06-12)
Format
Recorded HQ in Dublin, Ireland
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:46 (album version)
3:35 (Tomb Raider mix)
Label Island / Interscope
Producer(s)
U2 singles chronology
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
(2001)
"Elevation"
(2001)
"Walk On"
(2001)
Music video
"Elevation" on YouTube
Alternative cover
12" vinyl cover

"Elevation" is the third track and third single release from U2's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind. It was also the band's second number one single in the Netherlands; and in 2002, "Elevation" won "Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal". The song lent its namesake to the band's Elevation Tour.

Writing and composition[edit]

"Adam came into his own on 'Elevation' because he is the hip-hop man in the band and there is a real hip-hop attitude in the rhythm section."

—The Edge[1]

"Elevation" started with a guitar sound that The Edge got with a vintage pedal that Daniel Lanois had brought to the sessions.[2] Afterwards, The Edge hit on a guitar part and programmed a quick beat box rhythm and the band started playing against it,[2] and Bono improvized.[3] The song has a hip-hop rhythm.[3] The Edge stated that "Elevation" was a light relief in a heavy sequence of songs, unlike "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of", "Kite" and "Walk On" that are "farewell songs of one kind of another".[3]

Live performances[edit]

Bono and The Edge in Kansas City during Elevation Tour in 2001

The song was played at all 113 concerts in Elevation Tour. Shows would traditionally open under the venue house lights with the Influx Mix of "Elevation" playing as the band's intro music. During live shows during the Vertigo Tour, it was played without drums and bass for the first verse and chorus before the rest of the band joins in. It has been played at almost every U2 concert since it was debuted.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Elevation" received positive reviews. When reviewing the album, Adam Sweeting from The Guardian praised the song, calling it an "irresistible mix of crude techno and raw guitar-swagger".[4] New Zealand Herald editor Russell Baillie called it a "grand surge", noting the song's guitar and vocals which he described as "churning" and "giddy", respectively.[5] NME was positive toward the song for "the well-exercised U2 template".[6] Along with "Wild Honey" and "Walk On", Entertainment Weekly contributor David Browne called the song "lusty" and stated it has "the charging-horse feel of U2's youth, with a bumpy-noise upgrade courtesy of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois".[7]

Brent DiCrescenzo of Drowned in Sound gave a negative review of the song, labelling Bono's lyrics as: "slaughters hope with reckless chops of the hackneyed sword".[8]

Legacy[edit]

The version of the song released as a single was entitled the "Tomb Raider Mix" (remixed by Chris Vrenna),[9] differing significantly from the album version, in that it features guitars with a more 'hard rock' sound than the electronic-inspired feel of the album version. The drums in the single version are also harder. The name comes from its role in the soundtrack to the movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. This arrangement is how U2 have performed the song since its release.[citation needed] "Elevation" won the "Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" in 2002.[citation needed]

Elevation Partners, a $1.9 billion private equity company of which Bono is a co-founder and managing director,[10] is named after the song.[citation needed] In 2006, acceding to a request from the NFL, the New England Patriots adopted "Elevation" as the song played when they score a touchdown at home in Gillette Stadium (before 2006 they played "Rock and Roll (Part 2)" by Gary Glitter). The song has also been used from 2006-2008 when the Vancouver Canucks score goals at home; it was also used regularly during the 2007 NBA Playoffs and before kickoff at Colorado Rapids games, since the Rapids play in the stadium at the highest elevation in the league. "Elevation" also appeared on the soundtrack to the video game NBA 2K13.

Appearance in Machinima, The song elevation is played during the opening of the popular machinima Clear Skies series.[11]

Music video[edit]

U2 (as "Evil U2") in the music video for "Elevation".

The music video for "Elevation" was directed by Joseph Kahn and is one of the most expensive music videos ever filmed.[citation needed] It is set around Lara Croft along with Bono and a rescue of The Edge from his "evil twin brother" (The Edge has been inserted into footage from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). The video begins with Bono receiving a phonecall from his evil counterpart known as "evil Bono", who says: "This is 'evil Bono'. We have The Edge. We want the key. You are surrounded and not even Lara Croft can help you now." After escaping several of the "evil U2's" murder attempts, the band reunites and performs a "rock-off" against their evil counterparts, which ends with the "good U2" emerging victorious. The video ends with the "good U2" walking with Lara from the scene to a place with levitating cars and a pachyderm, ending with a Boeing 747-400 flying overhead before fading to black (the plane is also seen at the very beginning of the video). It was shot at the backlot area of Universal Studios Hollywood better known as Studio Tour.

The video was released as a digital DVD ("Version 7" below), the band's first, on 16 July 2001.[12] It was later featured on the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider DVD, as a special feature. The making of the video was shown on MTV's "Making the Video".[citation needed]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[15] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[16] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[17] 13
Canadian Singles Chart[18] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[19] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 9
France (SNEP)[21] 34
Germany (Media Control Charts)[22] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 1
Italy (FIMI)[24] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[25] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 35
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[31] 8
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[32] 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ McCormick (2006), p. 369–370
  2. ^ a b McCormick (2006), p. 369
  3. ^ a b c McCormick (2006), p. 370
  4. ^ Sweeting, Adam (27 October 2000). "Time to get the leathers out". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Baillie, Russell (28 October 2000). "Oct 00, album review: All That You Can't Leave Behind". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "U2 : All That You Can't Leave Behind". NME. 30 October 2000. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Browne, David (3 November 2000). "All That You Can't Leave Behind (2013)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  8. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (31 October 2000). "U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "U2 – Elevation". 2 July 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bono - Managing Director". Elevation Partners. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5285kr1J4xE&feature=kp
  12. ^ a b "U2 RELEASE ELEVATION MUSIC DVD". Tombraiderchronicles.com. 16 June 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c All That You Can't Leave Behind (CD) (in English). U2. PolyGram International Music Publishing B.V. 2000. 
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – U2 – Elevation". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  15. ^ "U2 – Elevation – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Elevation" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – U2 – Elevation" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  18. ^ "U2: Charts and Awards". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Danishcharts.com – U2 – Elevation". Tracklisten. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  20. ^ "U2: Elevation" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – U2 – Elevation" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Italiancharts.com – U2 – Elevation". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – U2 – Elevation" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Charts.org.nz – U2 – Elevation". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – U2 – Elevation". VG-lista. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – U2 – Elevation". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  29. ^ "U2 – Elevation – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  30. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  31. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  32. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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