"The Wanderer is the antidote to the Zooropa manifesto of uncertainty. Zooropa is about accepting this state of uncertainty, and The Wanderer presents one possible solution. Overall on the album, the key is learning to live with uncertainty, even allowing uncertainty to be your guide."
The band considered releasing The Joshua Tree as a double-album that would have included B-sides. Bono was the most vocal proponent of the idea, whereas The Edge argued for the 11-track version that was ultimately released.