I know some people have questioned this compilation, noting that it spans only four albums of material. True, but also consider that this already packed compilation is still missing maybe three or five important tracks. No other track exemplifies Achtung Baby better than the video hit "The Fly," and it would have been nice if there were a couple more hits from All That You Can't Leave Behind. That may be intentional to keep with the general spirit of the 1990's for U2. It was a new era for a band that hit the pinnacle of success, then struggled to figure out where to go next, to top themselves, and to react to the newfound superstardom established by The Joshua Tree. Rather than produce more of the same, U2 decided to lampoon the excesses of the rock star life by embracing it and turning it on its head, beginning with the multimedia frenzy of Achtung Baby and culminating with ridiculously extravagant PopMart tour. Besides, they may very well include latter singles such as "Elevation" and "Walk On" in the band's next ten-year anthology. And make no mistake that there'll be another one in 2010; a new album from U2 is currently expected to release before the end of 2003.

So is U2 a Christian band? It all depends on your interpretation of their lyrics and your definition of "Christian band," but I wouldn't characterize them as all that different from P.O.D., Lifehouse, and Sixpence None the Richer. U2 isn't in the business of ministering through music; they simply write about what (and Whom) they know. Though there are things about U2 that will cause some Christians to struggle with the band, the glorious songs represented on The Best of 1999-2000 shouldn't be among them. They simply reflect a somewhat darker and more experimental, but no less spiritual period from one of rock's most important and enduring acts.