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The Joshua Tree

U2

1987

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The Joshua Tree

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3.63

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I needed exactly this album today. I mean, this is one of those all-time-great albums anyway but there's nothing like listening to the perfect album for a particular time. This morning, this is the album I needed and I'm not even a U2 fan. But these tracks are undeniable monsters.

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5

When I grabbed The Joshua Tree on cassette when dropped my senior year of high school, it was exactly what I needed and solidified that U2 was my favorite band. There was no album I knew better that year. Its symbolic and poetic lyrics are rich with very human truths and contradictions, as well as spiritual longings. I could write on and on about how each song has influenced my own writing, spirituality, and outlook on life, and how the musicianship from Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry in this piece of art framed a sound that I gravitated towards back in '87 as well as inspired my search for more of the same moving into college and beyond. There isn't 1 of the 11 songs that I don't love and that doesn't spark contemplation and joy in me. I know each one personally and have meditated on each with endless hours and emotional intention. Initially One Tree Hill was not a popular song, but it made it onto several mix tapes that Scott and I made. One of my Top 10 albums of all time, The Joshua Tree is one of my favorite representations of why an album is greater than the sum of its parts, even though each individual song is so powerful!

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5

Seventeen year old me chalks this up as an easy 5. And upon listening again, 51-year old me is pleased to agree with my younger self. Bono can get on my nerves pretty fast, but I have to think even his harshest critics have to give him props for a lot here, especially With Or Without You and my favorite track on the album, Running To Stand Still. This was the moment for U2 when everything fell together, and they finally reached an audience who somehow missed their landmark performance at Live Aid two years earlier. The three hit songs from this album are arguably the three most popular of the band's career. It's almost the definition of a quintessential album. It's worth listening to the 30th anniversary edition, as not only is the entire original album remastered, but you get a great concert from this album's tour in 1987. For anyone tired of "With Or Without You", go watch how it was used in the final episode of The Americans. It'll make you appreciate the song all over again. As much as I cherish The Joshua Tree, it's my third favorite U2 album. Quick research tells me the other two will be coming up on this list.....

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I'm not a fan of U2, and this is a great representation of their sound.

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5

Gran disco, la verdad. Quizá hoy en día, U2 ha perdido vigencia, pero sin duda, tuvieron lo suyo. No sé bien cómo explicarlo, pero creo que es un álbum grandilocuente: en su conjunto, las melodías con las letras, la voz de Bono, tranquila en ocasiones, en otras, más bien hasta desgarradora. Creo que todas las canciones me gustan, la triada del principio está muy bien, pero quizá mi fav esta vez sea "Mothers of the Disappeared". Un cierre genial. Finalmente, un pensamiento random: ¿le debe mucho Muse —con sus atributos y carencias— a U2? 9.5/10.

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5

Beautiful album. The opening three songs are probably the best album opener of all time. The rest of the album is filled with mysterious atmospheric songs about American desert, which are not standout hits, however give a great vibe.

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My first 5* new discovery (although hardly a hidden gem) and of all the artists for it to be... not a weak song in sight though and there's just a weird kind of atmosphere throughout which I can't pinpoint but I'm all in for. Best track: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

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5

Hard to think of an album with a stronger opening three songs. This album turned U2 into global superstars and rightly so. It’s not just the anthemic Where the Streets have no name, Still haven’t found what I’m looking for or With or without you that make this such a good album, it is consistently excellent all the way through. Blues and Country influences add light and shade throughout as U2 tap into their American influences and the result is a near flawless record with some epic track that have more than stood the test of time.

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5

Perhapss the most important Irish rock album of all time and certainly the album that turned U2 into the biggest band in the world. It is both a political and religious album and makes no apology for it; ground well covered by U2 prior to Joshua Tree. On this record however there is a power and conviction in the songs as well as a confidence in the presentation and imagery of Americana, despite most of the songs not being directly about America. ‘WTSHNN’, inspired by Belfast, is as good an opener as you’ll hear on any album whilst the soaring ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ is about the UK miners strike of 1984. Although the second half of the album cannot match its powerful opening run of anthems The Joshua Tree is a triumph.

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5

Classic! Everyone needs to hear these songs

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5

Greatest three-song stretch opener of all time. These songs are loud and orchestral, carrying New Wave into a more alt rock direction in the late 80s. This is an album hard for me to describe why it deserves all 5 stars, but it's intelligent and hardly possesses any negative characteristics. Between the lyrics and choice of instruments like the harmonica, the songs reflect strongly of American folk culture, speaking of the vast open space and American ideals. The gospel-like orchestral sound puts you in that environment, feeling insignificant yet open to opportunities. Did I mention Eno helped produce this piece? Explains a lot considering he invented the ambient genre. There is hope and optimism in these songs (also religiously influenced). This is U2's most impressive record yet and got me into plenty of their singles.

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I do not love U2 and would go so far to say that they get a big eye roll from me, but I like the more muted rock from this album compared to their hits from the aughts.

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Some of the tracks on the second half of this album are a bit boring/naff but the first 4-5 really make up for it. Bullet the Blue Sky is slammin'

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Never been a huge U2 fan. Not bad, but pretty generic and samey sounding.

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I still haven't found what I'm looking for, but I know it's definitely not U2.

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I think this is the worst thing I've listened to yet. I tried. Honest. It was really a struggle to power through this. Every song was exactly the same. At its best, I found some of these songs to be somewhere between "Gen X Easy Listening" and "Songs to hear when you're in the dental chair". If you found a Gen Z kid who had never heard U2 and then played this album for them while saying "These guys sell out stadiums", they straight up wouldn't believe you

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U2 fucking sucks

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5

Love

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5

A perfect classic.

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5

Incredible. Epic. Interesting. Lyrically diverse. An all time classic.

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U2 gran clásico!

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5

Un classique. Le debut est incroya le 5*

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5

Obra maestra de éxito comercial. Prácticamente todas y cada una de las canciones son de 5 estrellas, desde las más conocidas: Where the streets have no name, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, With or without you hasta Running to stand still, In god's country y One tree hill. Imprescindible de verdad.

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a classic

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Perro discazo 9/10

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Good Classic

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5

don't LOVE U2 but this album is pretty damn good

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5

Not much to say, really.

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5

Está fuera de lugar oiga

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5

very good album, all songs were amazing but not all like each other, creating a very nice listen. very good vocals and very nice accompaniment

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5

Can still always listen to it, even though it's become pretty basic.

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5

I love when they stack the hits up front. Even better, this really is a strong & varied album throughout, hard & soft. Vocals & lyrics are great.

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5

Classic U2 album. Probably their best with some of their most well-known and best loved songs. Probably a band at their peak on this.

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5

Great album

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5

Que recuerdos.....

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Epic Es bleibt genau meine Mischung aus Folk, Rock, Hymne, Druck, Pathos, Einfachheit und einem Schuss Selbstgerechtigkeit. Klappt bei keinem anderen U2 albbb I’llm in der Form

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love this album!

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4 1/2

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Absolute class

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5

One of the best ever!

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Loved it

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5

Fantastic album front to back

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Capolavoro

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5

I struggle to think of a better opening three tracks of any other album - it’s quite something and nearly 35 years later the 3 tracks remain as iconic as ever. The rest of the album can’t cope to keep up but still holds some of U2’s best work by a distance. I debated a four but felt I would be doing this album a disservice so I listened again - it’s gets the five it deserves

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5

Hard to think of an album with a stronger opening three songs. This album turned U2 into global superstars and rightly so. It’s not just the anthemic Where the Streets have no name, Still haven’t found what I’m looking for or With or without you that make this such a good album, it is consistently excellent all the way through. Blues and Country influences add light and shade throughout as U2 tap into their American influences and the result is a near flawless record with some epic track that have more than stood the test of time.

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5

The greatest rock album of all time.

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In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release, The Unforgettable Fire, the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and through sociopolitically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery, it contrasts the group's antipathy for the "real America" with their fascination with the "mythical America". Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a "cinematic" quality for the record, one that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of the United States. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.

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5

Amazing

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5

Get some stick but this is actually an unbelievable album!

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5

The best album opening ever and one of the best albums ever made; should be played through high-quality speakers for maximum effect...

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5

You can tell that U2 knew what album they wanted to make, and they succeeded on all fronts. All the singles are frontloaded but you never want to stop listening because every track could’ve been a single. Another example of albums as art.

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5

5/5 One of the best albums of all time.

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5

Amazing, not listened to this in a very long time. Forgot how brilliant U2 are, when they are just being brilliant. I was back in the car with my Dad listening to this on cassette during the drive to school.

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5

The Joshua Tree by U2 (1987) The American spy plane with the designation “U-2” is an instrument of war designed to peer surreptitiously (from 70,000 feet) into things the enemy doesn’t want you to see. As the name of an Irish rock band, U2 is potently and multi-valently symbolic of what they’re trying to do. From the high altitude of their aesthetic perception, they endeavor to make these things seen by ‘you too’. And boy, do they succeed. When I first listened to this album at the time of its 1987 release, I concluded immediately that it was one of the greatest recordings I had ever heard. My judgment hasn’t changed in 34 years. Lead singer/lyricist Bono’s words stand as poetry on their own. Technical innovation by guitarist The Edge more than compensates for any deficiency in virtuosity. Adam Clayton on bass and Larry Mullen, Jr. on drums/percussion together provide a rhythm section that goes far beyond foundation, making compositional contributions that round out the near-symphonic sound. And Bono’s vocal delivery is infused with passion, sincerity, dynamism, and color. When one focuses all this Irish talent toward a not-so-surreptitious gaze at “God’s Country” (that would be the USA), guided by producer Brian Eno, the result is high art. What makes the sound so great on this record is the subtle use of silence. It creates distance, scope, and room for the reverberations and echoes. The Edge finds a way to make a guitar sound like chimes, church-bells, and pipe organ, all of which require sonic space. And Eno gives us plenty of it. Longing for a transcendence that leaves linguistic tags behind, the first-person opening track (“Where the Streets Have No Name”) summons the listener to join in an adventure of seeing—together. “When I go there I go there with you .” It’s part of what makes us human. But we’ve not yet seen clearly (“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”), even if we’ve gazed intently into the Paschal Mystery. There are lots of angels and demons on this trip, helping us to see what some say ain’t even there. Plenty of metaphysical strife. And we’re caught right up in it. The beginning of the bridge at (1:47) on “With Or Without You” produces a shiver, as even the first-time listener knows what’s coming. And the gradual buildup in the dirge for a junkie “Running to Stand Still” (2:14 to 3:04) resolving in the hushed climax is powerfully poignant. Bono’s wailing lead vocal on the chorus of “Red Hill Mining Town” leaves one cold. And the screaming lament over Chilean singer/songwriter Victor Jara (at 4:09 on “One Tree Hill”) fires our passions. Jara was one of the “poets [who] speak their heart then bleed for it” (actually the bleeding wasn’t the worst part—he was tortured before being shot). These are musical moments of naked drama. And there are so many more on this record. How many tears ya got? In terms of socio-political outlook, this album gives unreconstructed Reaganites something to think about whenever America considers the use of lethal force to confront undoubted evils in places like Nicaragua and El Salvador (“Bullet the Blue Sky”, “Mothers of the Disappeared”). While such force may have produced measurable gains for good in Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, and Prague, what would be the effect in Kosovo, Baghdad, and Kabul? And what lessons can be applied today in response to injustices in Xingjian and Addis Ababa? Do we “stoop so low” in order to “reach so high”? One should always listen to this record immediately after reading George W. Bush’s Second Inaugural Address. Because of The Joshua Tree, this U2 will persistently be there to help us see the innocent human element and “hear their heartbeat” (in “Mothers of the Disappeared”), even if the enemy prefers we look (and listen) elsewhere. This not just great music. It is has a cultural, political, and spiritual potency that gives voice to the world-soul. 5/5

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Awesome

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5

This is my favorite album of all time with my favorite song of all time, "Where The Streets Have No Name." It's excellent in every way and all songs, save for Exit and Mothers of the Disappeared" are absolutely excellent. Incredible start to the album and the middle through the near-end parts are massively underrated compared to the rest of U2's catalog. 10/10.

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5

In just one word: Beautiful

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Stunning album. First three songs set the mood perfectly. Love the soft/ poetic like acoustics and lyrics. I'd say this album, U2 found their sound. Despite their 1984 album, with their single "Sunday Bloody Sunday", all eleven tracks are monsters! Although they're a rock band, their music is light. You're able to appreciate it more, since the instrumentals arn't dominating your attention. Defiently reccomend. Total stand out is "The Streets Have No Name" excellent opening. Although "Bullet The Blue Sky" gets an honourable mention, as I haven't heard it before and my god it's brilliant!

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A must

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5

This is a forever album. I was 10 when this album came out... Still a great listen, 35 years later. I'm surprised tracks like Exit and Bullet the Blue Sky don't get more love.

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5

I was already mad crazy on U2 when this album debuted and it's one of the few musical moments for me where I have a sharp, distinct memory of counting down and listening when my local station broadcast With or Without You for the first time. The album is truly All Killer No Filler, and probably my vote for Brian Eno's peak production effort. It's hard for me to separate this album from all the personal moments it had for me at the right time of my life. But listening fresh years later, it's only gotten more monumental .

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5

1. Fixed drum fill 2. Ambient sound 3. Periodic guitar riff 4. Single lead voice 5. No instrument follows lead. 6. Great lyrics 7. Occasional chois by single person. 8. Pannned guitars

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Loved this when it first came out and it’s still an impressive piece of work

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5

I listened to The Joshua Tree a lot when I was in high school. Everyone seems to agree the first three tracks are all monster hits. I also really like Bullet the Blue Sky and Running to Stand Still. It's just a great fucking album.

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5

Great album. Seems ahead of its time. Classic U2 stadium sound.

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5

112. The Joshua Tree - U2 11 tracks. Running to Stand Still was played at my mate Tommy's funeral.... The album has always been important to me & it's a hugely emotional listen for loads of different reasons. I'm enormously biased though. 5/5

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5

Where do I even start? Or end? The band and album that changed everything. From hearing 'With Or Without You' in the car on the drive back from school, seeing them on Whistle Test the week the album came out playing 'Exit' and 'In God's Country', buying the 12 inches for the extra tracks, my first concert at Cardiff Arms, buying the program full of Anton Corbijn photos which really kicked off my interest in photography. All of it. Seeing them in pre-COVID play the album in full, going with low expectations and being completely blown away at how stunning it was. However annoying Bono might have become, however patchy the band might have been over the last 20+ years, this album is still pretty perfect. It not be quite as beautiful sounding as 'The Unforgettable Fire' (being more of a Lanois album than an Eno album) but it's the band at the peak of their powers. There's so much on here that still floors me for a band in their mid-twenties on their fifth album. Bono's voice when it was still beautiful, before age, drink and smoking wrecked it. the minute and three quarters at the start before you hear a voice. 'Bullet The Blue Sky', still probably their best song even if there's plenty of live versions on YouTube that surpass the album version. The B-side of non-singles that are better than the singles - 'Red Hill Mining Town', 'In God's Country' (I think it might have been a US single), 'Exit', 'One Tree Hill'. An album that always makes me wants U2 to rediscover themselves and realise they can make an album like this if they choose to. The band is still pretty good, Bono needs to pull his finger out and remember how he used to write lyrics.

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5

U2's finest moment. One of the great rock records.

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L'èpica en la seva expressió més colpidora. Grandiositat, estat de plenitud d'uns músics consumits per la musa. Una producció increïble per uns temes que han marcat més d'una década. La primera cara, per emmarcar con una de les millors de la història del rock, està ja tant assumida que es fa difícil valorar com es mereix. Ens queda la segona per anar-la redescobrint i saborejant amb els anys

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5

Banger. Their best album- 5 of the first 6 songs are fire and the closers have grown on me too.

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5

What an album. It’s pretty flawless in every way, and an easy 5. I was 16 when this album came out. Joshua Tree felt timeless then and still does, so many years later. It was U2’s fourth album, but really different than anything else they had put out at that point. It was a continuation of the band’s relationship with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois that began with The Unforgettable Fire, but in a far more mature and carefully crafted work, their most perfectly realized album. Joshua Tree marks a turning point for U2, after which they were simply the most important band in the world. No one makes albums like this anymore. From that first slowly unfolding open in “Where the Streets Have No Name,” you know you’re in for something special, something monumental. It really does have a cinematic quality to it. This is mature, thoughtful music, beautifully written and expertly played. In 1987 it stood out starkly in a landscape full of spandex and hair, of glossy, gimmicky songs. It was also their most focused work to date as a band. Bono’s ode to/critique of “America” is palpable here, but not at all overwrought. I often think of this U2’s Springsteen album, which I mean as a giant compliment to both of them. The earthiness of these songs, the warm and resonant arrangements, the full throated expressions of emotion, the sense of spiritual longing, the images of a promised land out of reach… it all comes from the same musical place. Lyrically, Bono has matured tremendously on these songs. The lyrics reflect the band’s lived experiences at that time, like the death of band roadie and friend Greg Carroll (One Tree Hill) and Bono’s growing interest of global social and political issues (“Bullet the Blue Sky" and "Mothers of the Disappeared"). U2 was always an openly political band, but these songs just feel much more personal, more passionate, more spiritual. Still, he’s also able to address his own demons, with the stunningly lovely, slow burning “With You or With or Without You,” which pulls away from the political to look inward and face his own frustrations and anguish. The emotion feels real because it is real, simply put. Bono’s delivery of course is captivating. He sings with an urgency and an earnestness that I think a lot of people don't understand, but he makes you feel these songs in your bones. As for the Edge, I mean, come on. Here is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, making some of his best music ever. There is a texture and a resonance to the Edge's playing that no one really can touch. I mean, he's painting with sound here, showcasing that signature chiming style through an adept use of studio effects. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. are also in top form, one of the tightest rhythm sections in rock. Clayton and Mullen’s ability to intuit just the right amount of intensity to serve each particular song is an underappreciated talent and really the backbone of the band’s entire sound. Individually these songs are all exceptional. Taken together, they’re nothing short of a masterpiece. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Where the Streets Have No Name, With or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, In God's Country, Red Hill Mining Town, Bullet the Blue Sky, Mothers of the Disappeared, Exit, Running to Stand Still, One Tree Hill, Trip Through Your Wires

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5

Killer intros, great textures.

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These songs eahm saved my life. Eahm.

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5*

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I remember my older brother coming home really excited from a concert at a local community college on Long Island in the early 80s. "This band from Ireland is the next big thing, they're amazing!". While I was young and unable to go see them until the Achtung Baby tour, my fandom jumped onboard like any other impressionable early teenager's would when their mentor in all things music discovered a new gem. My love / hate relationship with the Dublin boys would swing both ways through the years, but you can never argue that Joshua Tree is an amazing album. Yes, Bono can be an irritating prick at times and The Edge's guitar stylings can be predictable and lazy, but this era of U2 that launched them beyond the stratosphere will always be peak. 5/5.

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5 stars. Classic album with brilliant songs.

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This was the first album I've heard before so far. U2 is a great band, and this album has one of their greatest hits. It's a very comfortable listen for me, because it seems to me that after a while we always go back to the songs and bands we used to listen as teenagers, like eating your favorite chocolate bar because, besides the flavor, it brings nice memories.

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10/10

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Fuck i love it

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5

Ah, U2. Such an interesting discography, and yet this album is probably still my favorite. Fun fact, I used to hate "With or Without You".

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5

Ambient perfection from beginning to end.

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5

As someone who grew up surrounded by desert but didn't appreciate the landscape until I grew up and moved away, I connect with U2's desire to build an album around their desert inspiration. The album builds up and opens with so much excitement and energy. That energy builds and is held throughout the entire album. This album marries unique rock instrumentation with Bono's soaring, ethereal voice to make every track something interesting, unique, and a little bit mysterious. Everything about Bono's voice seems deliberate; you can feel the emotion behind the way he sings, artistic and full of emotion, but in full command of his vocals. Bono's lyrics, inspired by political and world events, are also deliberate and done incredibly artfully, as if writing a poem. This album caught my attention and didn't let go until it was finished. Every song was strongly written, sung, and performed. This has definitely inspired me to dig further into U2's discography.

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5

i knew u2's hits and of bono's humanitarian work, but i was still taken aback when listening for the first time. this album, with lyrics written only by bono, covers so many topics and political themes. i love pop-y, mindless songs, but songs with great meaning? those are dynamite. bono's heart and compassion come through the lyrics so clearly. "mothers of the disappeared" in particular is going to stick with me for a long time--"we hear their heartbeat." i'm not sure if i've ever heard of a genre called "art rock," but as i listen to this album, really listen to it, i totally get it. all music is art, yes, but u2 takes it further, on all possible musical levels. every song has such beautiful instrumentation. definitely a concept album. i cannot wait to listen to this album again and grow to truly love it.

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Brilliant

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5

U2 was my first concert I grew up listening to them so I have entirely too much nostalgia. I know people hate them because of their album being downloaded onto everyone’s phone that one year… but imo that’s more of an Apple issue and this album specifically is so good man. Just classics.

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5

In college this was the default soundtrack for a year or two. I don’t listen to it a lot today, and for some reason haven’t been compelled to, but after listening again this time had a “why don’t I listen to this more?” thought cross my mind. I realized that I may have absorbed the backlash that people have to U2 and this album. Glad to be back. This is an amazing album and it is clear to see why it became one of the best selling albums of all time. It does belong on this list, no matter how played out you think it or U2 is. Incredible album.

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5

Another album that is church to me. If someone made me choose a favorite album, this might be it. Holy. Holy.

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5

I remember my introduction to this album was their concert. It touched me deeply!

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I don’t imagine I’m the only Gen Xer for whom this album is a touchstone of a specific time in life. This album is, for me, everything about being 19, second year of college…it all comes back so vividly. U2 was held in reverence by my peers. This was the soundtrack to my 1987 and everything I felt in that ridiculously serious transition to adulthood. This one is all about the memories, but the music is still great, too.

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Classic

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Rijedak album di je druga polovica albuma di nisu hitovi zapravo bolja. Jedina stvar koja mi je slabija je trip through your wires jer je prespringsteenovska

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This is the only U2 album I really like. I wish they kept with this style throughout their career, but I understand their need to adapt to pop trends. This is such an iconic 80s album; truly one of the bests of my not-so-favorite decade for music.

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5

Absolute classic, not bad for a small unknown Irish band

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Vinilo total.

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5

The first three songs are great, individually. But they are so similar that you can be excused for thinking that boredom is about to arrive. Then along comes Bullet The Blue Sky, a bolt out of the blue. The rest of the album shows a variety of songs, some that rock, some that sound like folk, and one that does both and is probably the best song on the album: Red Hill Mining Town. Yes, Bono is a douche, and they have become monstrously egotistical, and this album was the start of that. But it's still a great album.

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Kann þetta utanað. Mjög góð plata.

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I always thought U2 was a bit over-rated. I mean, people (still) treat them like they are the collective second coming of Christ. But - I can't deny the greatness of this album. It's enjoyable and unique in a variety of ways. There are only moments of it that left me bored or annoyed (and I'll blame those moments on Brain Eno's involvement). :) Are they a great band? Yes. Is this their best album? Probably. Should everyone hear it "before they die"? For sure.

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close to the edge

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2 me. 2 U.

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I love this album, so much better than I thought 10/10. So good.

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Peak U2 and prolly peak ‘stadium’ rock

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Best band i won't waste my time listening to on purpose that's for sure

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Classic

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4

An undisputed classic. 5/5 quality, 4/5 for music i want in my rotation

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4

Not too bad. Bullet the Blue Sky (sp) was my favorite track. I remember this album from childhood, and didn't like it then, but I have a much better appreciation.

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Timeless

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Nice. Couple of the favorites are on this album. The rest felt closer to good then great though

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4

Quite something this ay?

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4

U2 as a band still annoy me. I wish I could hear this as if for the first time.

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Sonic beauty

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THE EDGE

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They’re okay. Not bad considering the vintage and general popularity

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4

real good

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4

It's got the hits. Fun to listen to.

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4

Very good album.

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4

This album. This was a really important one for me. I listened to it A LOT. I still have my original vinyl. I also remember searching for the 12" of Where the Streets Have No Name because Sweetest Thing was on the B Side. This was my first concert where no parents were involved. This was my first BIG concert. We left early in the morning and sight seed our way to the Oakland Coliseum, with lots of time to hang out in the parking lot. Rating this is hard. I want to give it a 4 because there are other albums that are probably better, but in revisiting it for the first time in a long time I can't believe how good it still is, how much I love it, and I want to give it a 5. But I'm going with 4.

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Wenn man ein Album mit einem solchen Openern beginnt, ist die Fallhöhe vorprogrammiert, denn der schöne Gleitflug ist mangels konstanten Auftriebs ein kurzer, dafür aber schön heftiger; hab ab der Hälfte gemerkt, wie wenig Aufmerksamkeit übrig blieb, die erst ganz zum Schluss, nach einer Reise durchs Tal wieder sanft wachgeküsst wurde. Vielleicht hätte eine andere Abfolge der anfänglichen Über-Verwöhnung entgegen gewirkt. Mir neue Erkenntnis: U2 müssten wohl stark Eindruck auf Arcade Fire in puncto leidenschaftlich treibenden Pathos gemacht haben. Nichtkleinzuredende 3.6

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4

With or without. Some good songs. Structure. "Bullets.." Intro

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Pues creo que nunca había escuchado un disco de U2 porque siempre que he intentado escuchar alguno de ellos me terminan dando hueva. No por ello daré una mala calificación a este disco, ya que entiendo que es de agradable escucha, sobre todo el tono melódico y amable de las guitarras y una batería catchy. Como de costumbre no le puse atención a las letras de las canciones así que no sabría qué comentar de estas. Canción favorita: Bullet in the sky está seductorsilla por las distorsiones y los soniditos de interferencia, me parece una buena producción i suppose... Mood: fumando un porro con gente básica y privilegiada que se siente muy edgy.

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Undeniably confident and charismatic, soars when it should, whispers when it must

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4

Excellent album. Some really great songs.

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Beter dan ik verwacht had. Heeft uiteindelijk een paar uur opgestaan.

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4

Not my favorite U2 album, but this really is the peak of good U2 before they became the most pretentious band of all time. Only songs I don’t like on this album are One Tree Hill and Exit. I could take or leave Running to Stand Still, Red Hill Mining Town, and Mothers of the Disappeared, but they aren’t bad. Overall, this album is great and doesn't deserve the disrespect.

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Hay canciones eternas, con mensajes super sólidos y una emoción innegable. El trabajo de Lanois en la producción con Eno también es encomiable, con unas atmósferas preciosas. Sin embargo, hay temas vagos que bajan el nivel. Aun así, muy bien disco.

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4

Not a big U2 fan but this is a pretty good album

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U2 are a band I blacklisted for arseholiness and haven't listened to for 25 years. But I used to like them, and before Rattle & Hum they were good. This is a good album.

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4

This was a surprise to me. Cool as fuck. Who knew?!

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Love the grandiosity which captures the immigrant spirit of the American dream. The first half is close to perfect but cannot be sustained. It's a shame the U2 sound has become a bit of a joke as it's epic. I listened to it walking around Sheffield at twilight, the vistas were different but the feelings were the same.

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Brilliant album. 'I still haven't found what I'm looking for' is such a powerhouse vocal performance from Bono and I love the sound of the overall album, credit for this must be given to producer Daniel Lanois (he also produced Dylan's 1997 masterpiece Time out of Mind which shares the same swampy 'wall of sound' style production)

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Joshua Tree sounds like the culmination and refinement of U2's sound, as they move away from their punk roots and into a more radio friendly pop. Almost like REM's Automatic For The People and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA. For better or worse, it ended up sending them into stardom, and potentially inflated their egos a bit. There's a subtlety to the arrangements and lyrics that are lost in the broader modern U2 songs. While "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" unwittingly provided the blueprint to 2000s Christian worship music, there's a good balance of personal lyrics by Bono with broader themes that deal with real world issues. Fav Tracks: Red Hill Mining Town and Mothers of the Disappeared Rating: 3.5/5

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Favourite Song: With or Without You

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Tolles und historisches Album! Memory man sei dank

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First three songs are amazing and classics! Rest are not memorable. 4/5

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4/5

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вполне, радио по альбому хорошее получилось

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D: 5/5. Rock tranquilo, para relajarse. Canción favorita: With or without you. R: 4/5. Relajante. Ideal para estudiar. Canción favorita: I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

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I had a real “U2 sucks” phase when I was younger, and I think it kept me from realizing that this is a truly great album. True, half of the tracks (the singles) sound like the exact same song and I still think U2 straddles that terminally uncool line between dad rock and mom rock, but the sound is so good; I love Bono’s voice and The Edge’s guitar work so much. Favourite track: “Trip through Your Wires”

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I had a moment while listening to this album yesterday where I thought to myself, 'oh, maybe I am a U2 fan.' I have a hard time articulating exactly what was so appealing about their anthem level soft rock. Maybe it was Bono's performance which howls. Maybe the never overbearing but huge, uplifting swell of guitars that make up much of the background. It's hard for me to say exactly why, but the album is endlessly appealing. Something I wouldn't have thought to say after growing up with the more laborious older albums that U2 has recently produced.

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Better than I expected! Doesn't sound as dated as I thought it would.

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Really good album The end it gets a little less 4/5

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This album needs to be looked at in isolation to their more recent albums. When this came out it was pure genius and that can’t be taken away from U2 despite their later stuff being pure barbage. Some seriously good songs on this and great for U2. This is them at their prime. Bullet the blue sky is my favourite U2 song but the album trails off toward the end.

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I rated the previous U2 album we got 2 stars and noted that I never understood the hype around them and find them pretty dull. I can understand this album's success a lot better. The songs have an undeniable grandness about them. Good album.

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4

Classic album that’s still stands up today

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I'm not a great U2 fan, but it was nice to listen to this album again, after so many years. It also reminded me of how excellent the first four songs are. The rest of the song did not capture me as much, but overall a very good album.

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4

Classic album with some great singles on it.

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4

Well it's got 3 fantastic songs - the rest are just OK. I'll probably never play it again though those 3 songs are regulars on my playlist already.

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4

Outside of the singles, some good songs and energy but not quite the polish of the big start

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WITH OR WITHOUT YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. Decent album 3.75/5

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No soy muy fanático de U2 pero hay que reconocerles que este disco es muy bueno

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I’m mostly pro-U2, and I do think this is a good album, but I’m pretty sure half the tracks on this album are the exact same song just with slightly different delay setting on the edge’s guitar

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The record is characterised by a somewhat outdated realism, harking back to themes and moods of the 1930s, from Frank Capra to Ernest Hemingway. Where The Streets Have No Name marks a new peak of transcendental intensity, thanks to the frenzied, raga-sounding tones of the long instrumental overture and tribal beat. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found, With Or Without You, Running To Stand Still

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4

Fantastic album

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Peak pompous u2 prior to their proper peak

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As I've mentioned with the other U2 albums, I run hot-and-cold with this band. I do remember this album pretty well because it got a lot air play and coverage at the time. I enjoyed listenting to it today quite a bit more than I expected. This album has a great sound to it (I don't know enough about music production, sound engineering, etc., to comment intelligently on it, so I'm not sure how much that work has to do with the "sound" I'm talking about) and the songwriting is overall excellent. Hard to separate Bono from the "Bono-ness" of his gargantuan image, so I really tried to just listen to the music and let that be it. It did help. His voice can be quite compelling and he's got killer range, and it fits this music perfectly. I still love The Edge as a guitar player and repeat what I've said before about he deserves to be mentioned in the same list of whoever gets put on the "great rock guitarists" list. He's a lot more innovative and interesting than people give him credit for. I can barely understand what the few pedals I have do, and he plays effects and alternate tunings like they are instruments of their own.

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Finally! I've found a U2 album that doesn't make me want to stab my ears out.

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4

A classic for a reason

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Really great. Vast. Forward moving.

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Hate that it's such a good album

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Peak U2 before it all went downhill

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The big hits off this still hold up for me. Its clearer from several decades on that the album benefited greatly from its venerable producers. All a bit portentous and self-important but that’s U2

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I know this album by its first three songs in addition to its own reputation as the best U2 album. It is a good u2 album and I love still haven’t found what I’m looking for but I think the last half of the album really doesn’t do the first half justice. Favs: streets have no name, still haven’t found what I’m looking for, with or without you

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I really disliked this album and U2 when it came out, primarily because U2 were/are so political within their music and that was something I have always felt should not happen. 35 years laters and I now listen to music in a different way and I have enjoyed this album, it has some great tracks on it

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Classic

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The one U2 album that I really love. Brian Eno works his magic here to make them into the band they should be.

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Sin ser U2 un grupo que me entusiasme reconozco que este es un muy buen disco

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Widescreen? Widescreen. Still sparkles.

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Pro bono

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All about bullet the blue sky

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Although it's not quite my favorite sound, I see why this album is legendary. Pretty iconic songs back to back, and dang that play count! Well done, kids.

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Bono is a douche, but this was pretty good.

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Where the Streets have No Name is one of my favorite songs all time I think

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4.5 / 5.0 Such a great album! Most of the songs are iconic!

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This evokes a strong sense of nostalgia for me. Being young - figuring out the world - figuring out love and pain. Passionate and wild.

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U2, but good

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I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Some tracks just ok but several great songs.

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It's no secret why U2 continues to be considered one of the top bands of all time. This album is their peak to me. It starts strong out the gate and just continues to pummel with sweepingly epic songs. The songs have messages, carry meaning and you can feel it in the music. Just too bad about what they've done recently, but I do commend them on always looking at what's next for them. They could've just kept trotting out the same ol same ol, but they continued to innovate and try new things. Even if I may not dig what they're writing these days, doesn't change the fact that it's still impressive.

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Favoritas: Faixa 1 Faixa 2 Faixa 3

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classic meh

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I wonder if they ever found what they were looking for?

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U2 at their best

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Excellent. Some all time classics on here

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It's so weird to see Bono without his trademark glasses. The Joshua Tree is really one of those quintessential albums, I had always discounted it being just a bunch of hype (never listening to it in it's entirety before now), but it definitely holds it's own. The powerful voice of Bono with the smooth arrangement of the music and backing vocals make it a powerhouse album with a cinematic quality. Lyrically, it was the beginning of U2's sociopolitical awakening with embellishments of spiritual imagery. Best: With Or Without You Worst: Trip Through Your Wires

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It's actually good, and from before they became insufferable arseholes

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A brilliant album when it first came out. Still sounds good.

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Good tunes

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Never been a U2 fan but this one has a lot of their hits.

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A-side is absolute classic, not as excited for B-side though. Amazing guitar sounds, Bono in his prime. They really did something with this one. Great album.

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I'm not much of a fan of The Edge or Bono or U2's sound in general. That said, this is still a solid album.

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good

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just some of the greatest u2 has brought

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This was U2 at the peak of their powers, with their Achtung Baby follow-up showing they were an unparalleled creative force experiencing a golden period in their career. They never reached this high and far again.

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Liked this more than I thought I would!

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Great 1-2-3 punch at the beginning with some of their greatest hits, after that the album becomes weaker but is still very solid pop/rock that knows how to entertain

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The album opens with 3 legendary tracks that define the sound of U2. The passionate Bono vocals and the quintessential Edge licks. But after, the songwriting really dips. Production remains great, I mean it’s Eno, but no song captures you the way the first 3 do…

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p582. 1987. 4 stars. The sound of late 80s stadium rock. Oddly enough, it's the most well known tracks - Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You - that haven't aged well, it's like repeated plays have worn off any real impact they once had. The album really kicks in from Bullet The Blue Sky onwards. It's good stuff, not a weak track on it BUT then we come to Bono. You can only take so much Irish bombastic earnestness before thinking, "just shut the fuck up", so a point deducted for that. On the plus side, The Edge seems quite a good guitarist.

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Après une période noire que vous connaissez tous, Robert a décider de récompenser les derniers survivants du générateurs, ayant survécu à cette pandémie de mauvaise musique. Robert nous offre en effet un enchaînement d'albums tous plus prometteurs les uns que les autres, je me hâte donc de rédiger mon review afin d'en profiter.

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probably 4.5 - the first three songs are perfect, but then it drops off - or at least that's what i thought going in. the back half actually was better than i remember, and i listened a lot to this album growing up.

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Really good album. First half is amazing...2nd half is solid to above average. 4.5/5

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Quoi qu’en pense les gens qui aiment détester, cet album et les 3 suivants sont vraiment excellent. Celui-ci est très inventif, surtout côté guitare et des structure couplet-refrains. La section rythmique est super solide. Par contre, la basse est plutôt plate et c’est harmoniquement un peu faible. With or without you n’essaie même pas de cacher le I-V-VI-IV, ce qui est impardonnable selon moi. Dans l’ensemble, c’est du pop créatif et super bien produit.

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Love it, a classic, a bit naff but I don't care

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All time greats

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Knew some of the bigger hit songs already. Good sound

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Some singles on this album that I had heard before but didn't know where they were from. Chill listen, some nice singles

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Recognize its status as a trend setter and U2's best work... but even this early hard to miss how so many songs sound the same. The first third of the album is the same song with a different chorus and The Edge being a dickhead on the guitar at a different tempo.

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Generic at best 3

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I get the appeal, just not for me

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Lotta hits!

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It's a truly great album, but aside from the singles I really couldn't connect with it. It's very focused on America, obviously, and yeah pleasant but not mindblowing!

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Some great songs and some duds. I don't have a problem with this album being on this list, but it's not stellar all the way through

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Such a famous album. I totally see the appeal, it’s just not my style. The songs are catchy, but at the same time don’t stick with me, if that makes any sense.

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Kinda pop-ish, but not bad

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This has some real belters on it that know how naff they are and they just don’t care. Sadly the whole things falls off a cliff in the middle RIP

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Great album, classic sound and songwriting by U2. Always a great listen and takes me back to when it was released. Still holds up as great album years later.

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Good old U2, with those tunes that have permeated pop culture. An enjoyable listening experience but not much out of the ordinary

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Not a big U2 fan but this song has a ton of well known hits and was honestly better than I remembered.

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Decent classic rock. First three songs are by far the best songs. 7/10

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Starts off powerfully, but wanders off toward the end. 3.5

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Surprisingly good

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It’s Interesting how polarizing this band is. Their musicianship is good, the production by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno is certainly good but after hearing the singles from this album for the gazillionth time and Bono acting like a douche I’ve put up a mental wall against them. But I’m trying to be objective here in rating this album so I’ll bump it up to a 3.

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Mit ungefähr 17 hab ich mir mal ein T-Shirt gekauft, per Sammelbestellung beim Frontline-Mailorder, darauf stand sehr groß "KILL BONO", garniert mit einem Revolver. Fand ich eine sehr witzige Idee und hatte ungefähr 3 Wochen lang viel Spaß dran. Als das Shirt dann ankam hatte sich der Gag irgendwie schon totgelaufen und ich hab's eigentlich nie angezogen. Weiß gar nicht wo das gelandet ist; wahrscheinlich hat meine Mutter es heimlich weggeworfen weil schlimm. Was ich nur sagen wollte: U2 war damals die Musik der Leute von denen man sich abgrenzen musste; nicht die ganz großen Arschlöcher zwar, aber beschränkt, uncool, dorfig. Hab das Album also nie gehört. Jetzt mit 35 Jahren Abstand: was ist das für ein Move, die Platte mit 3 der größten Singles der 80er Jahre anzufangen, wer kommt denn auf sowas? Und vor allem: was soll denn kommen, nach sowas? Zentrales Problem scheint mir zu sein, dass die Latte so hoch liegt und das The-Edge-Denkmal aus so festem Granit gehauen, dass alles dahinter wie Filler wirkt. Mir entsteht der Eindruck, dass Pathos und Emphase der zentrale USP von U2 sind: wo Eno und Lanois diese großflächig draufgekleistert haben, bekommen wir Welthits, nehmen sie es zurück, sind die Songs bisschen Durchschnitt - und Bonos Stimme nervt dann doch zu sehr. Fazit: ich würde mir das T-Shirt nicht mehr bestellen, bereue aber nichts.

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You know, not a big U2 fan but this album does have like all of their hits. It’s a good album with good songs, I just am not a huge fan of the U2 sound.

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Bij U2 erger ik me soms hoe geforceerd het gezang van Bono soms klinkt. Ook nu merk ik dezelfde frustratie hier in op. Goeie nummers, dat wel

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U2 sounds like a bank commercial.

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Did you ever notice how "Where the Streets Have No Name" kind of lifts its intro build-up from "Pinball Wizard"? Solid pop crossover record. As Tim put it well, this signified the end of one era for U2 and the beginning of one full of mainstream success that often blunted their more insurgent, early sensibilities. This album ushers in an era that produced some of the best and some of their most cringe-inducing music, but it's hard to hold that against this record in particular, because it's altogether well-done, if not a little too well-done. Favourite track: "With or Without You"

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É bom, tem algumas das melhores músicas deles.

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Honestly more boring than i expected. The opener is great though.

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Good album, lotta songs I forgot about

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Tricky 3 or 4 Good album on the whole. Flows really well. One tree hill is a stand out track.

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Opening salvo of 'Where The Streets Have No Name', 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' and 'With Or Without You' is as good a start to an album as any. The rest of the record doesn't quite live up to that opening but still chugs along nicely, nailing it’s anthemic, stadium filling rock brief. Meanwhile, Coldplay called and said thanks for the inspo.

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some songs I already knew very calm songs, but nice to listen to

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Starts off great with the four hits that got tons of airplay. If I rate as an album, not that great.

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Lush instrumentation with some brilliantly written songs. However, quite a few of the deeper cuts fell flat for me.

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It's U2.

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A classic of course. Nice way to start my day.

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For me it's a 3.5/5, but it leans more towards a 3/5, than a 4/5, if you know what I mean.

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solido 8/10

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4 great opening songs in a row "Through the storm, we reach the shore You give it all but I want more" Great song, used perfectly in friends lots of religious references throughout the album is running to stand still about dublin/heroin? u2 at this time are one of the best examples of a band which are better than the sum of their parts no disrespect to them individually Brian eno is a genius this is a strong 3 possibly a 4 but very front heavy with first 4 tracks and then a bit tedious in parts

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I still don’t get the popularity behind U2 but it was an interesting album nontheless!

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pretty nice

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An amazing opening with three fantastic tracks back to back. The remainder is just a tad samey and unremarkable. Solidified my belief that U2 are one of the most overrated bands in the world.

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It didn’t age as well as I expected….

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This album has some great hits but the latter half of the album isn’t anything special. Feels like it attempts to be better than it is. Overall it’s above average though. 6.6/10

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Quite boring. Except song 3 and 4. But like bullet better on r&h. Some songs even painfull to hear.... the torture of bono's voice..... Maybe i need high quality speakers.... 3 because i liked it in the past.

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Too poppy

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It's a fine album though a little over-rated. The production is overly dark with the guitars buried, perhaps even dated sounding. But the songs are pretty good though, again over-rated and over played. A pretty enjoyable listen though. 3 5 🌟

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First of the album is all the big hits, with that jangly guitar / ephemeral U2 sound, and of course Bono's pipes. Polished and skillful, but not my style. Greatly preferred Bullet the Blue Sky.

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Melancholy

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Personalmente no es de mi gusto, demasiado pop. Algunas buenas melodías

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they're cool and evocative, but I was a little bored tbh.

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It's good, it's atmospheric, it's well produced. Some cracking songs, some filler.

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pretty good album but not really for me i can appreciate it contextually, it’s an impressive show for something from the 80s i don’t know, maybe I should listen to it again, but off a first impression I’ll give it a 6/10

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Started well but tailed off

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OK couple of songs I heard before, but forgot about.

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some meh, some ok

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Anthemic stadium rock. Sounds like contemporary worship music, although that's not U2's fault. Very front-loaded album. Split up the hits, kids!

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Kinda had some soothing rap vibes, not all of it was my jam. Interesting black experience dialogue though.

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The first half of the album I have heard before and have loved for years, the rest was far less memorable.

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Classic.

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Full of week known hits. Not my cup of tea but I liked it

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Good

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First 3 songs are huge, not a fan of U2 but this is a great album. Can see why it’s on the list, the impact it had on U2 and music at the time.

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Good at first but the end let me down.

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First time I listened to the full album... These guys might go places

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It's not bad, it's more or less a pass for me. Couple of bangers on here. It's a cool atmospheric album. But I can never figure out if I like Bonos voice or not.

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A few good songs ("Bullet in the Blue Sky", "In God's Country", "Trip Through Your Wires"), but as an album not memorable.

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Some good songs, some schlocky schlock.

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Rating this one higher than expected for how modern it sounds and how gracefully it has aged. The band still may be riding the success of being the first outfit to use a delay pedal on every song, but the compositions, productions, and rare 80s tendency not to overindulge in dated synths makes it seem at least some of that success was warranted.

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It's okay but a lot of it just sounds like generic rock music? I don't really get the hype

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I can see why they were so popular. It's a little like if the Andriod default music got a little more exciting, though

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The big songs are big and very good

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had a negative image about U2 due to their later work. didn't hate this, but also wouldn't go out of my way to listen again despite some pretty nice tunes

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The songs are decent, just don’t do anything for me

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I see the appeal, the first half of songs being very catchy, strong 3

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Great album

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Beginning of the end for U2 imo. The transition from alternative to stadium rockers is apparent here, and whilst they got bigger from here this was the last i3 album I enjoyed.

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норм

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Ça part (vraiment !) en force avec les 4 premières chansons, mais ça drop de plus en plus après. Mais ça reprend bien avec les deux dernières.

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My natural, intrinsic hatred of Bono will have to be put aside here. Not least because the first three songs are all brilliant - I can't deny reality here. Where the Streets Have No Name, Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and With or Without You are all canon. The run couldn't be endless though. Thankfully Bullet the Blue Sky is the sort of bland Yankophilia that defines everything wrong about U2, and would define their output after about 1995. Running to Stand Still is pleasant but slight. It then chugs along, not overly excitingly. The last few tracks have a dark, moody feel to them, but I'd be hard pressed to remember much about the back end of this album. On the first three tracks, this'd be a five star album. On everything hence, two stars. I'm rounding down, cos there's more of the latter than the former.

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Ugh. I should hate this more than I do according to, "people" but fuck them, it's got some catchy ones. This album is very middle of the road 2pm traffic updates coming next. It's sponge cake with decent jam; the excitement of junk mail when you've been at home too long; that clean numb feeling of strange teeth after the dentist's given you a really full-on polish; the smell of opening a jar of Asda's own brand instant; landscapes you don't remember in the family photo album; the back of the head of the person next in queue which is the twin for your presumably long dead school teacher's pate.

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Seriously? Wow. This album is GOOD. I've never listened to it in its entirety. And WTSHNN as an opening track?? WTF. Tho I'm not a U2 fan, I'd lisiten to this again.

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I am not a big U2 fan. There are 3 well known songs on this album and they are all at the beginning. The rest of the album is just ok. I still would not say I would listen to this whole album again but it is better than some.

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This is pretty OK. Sorry I don't have anything more intelligent to say.

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Good listen, will listen to some more U2 after this but the sound quality of the actual album felt tinny, wasn't a fan

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Great start to the album with 3 classics but it tails off in the middle before ending well.

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it was an announcement in 1987, now it has badly grown old

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J'ai écouté cet album perché sur la Tour Eiffel et croyez-le ou non, ça ne m'a pas empêché de confirmer mon hypothèse selon laquelle With Or Without You est une chanson surcôtée.

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Pretty good actually

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boring and samey sounding. i liked "bullet the blue sky". bono has a nice voice. 2.5

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80 klassisk rock n roll, anthems, Bono

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Thought I would like it more, but the music was overall very slow. There's of course a few hits and those are enjoyable as expected, but the rest of the album wasn't noteworthy for me at all.

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Njei

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Streets Have No Name has some cool buildup and sounds. With or Without You is cheesy and overplayed but a well composed pop song. Exit was interesting. I really disliked almost every other aspect of this album. I do not get U2. When it's good, it's fine, but It's the elevator music of rock. It's trying to be something but it just all feels so generic and trying to have emotion but ultimately leaving me flat and it feels contrived. I have no idea how this band is so popular.

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Wasnt bad but I have never been able to get away with U2

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It's U2. Safe, easy listening and really just not my style. There is nothing wrong with this type of music, but I feel like you had to "be there" when U2 was up and coming to really subscribe to anything more than "this is some safe, light rock with entry level 'deep' lyricism." It does not surprise me that this band is freakin' huge.

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I hate U2. So dramatic with so little substance. 2 because i'm feeling generous

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Pierwszy albumik U2 ktory przeslychalem tak zebym sobie samemu wlaczyl, nie wiem czemu zawsze U2 kojarzy mi sie z blurem, wiec song2 zawsze kojarze z U2, a bloody sunday z blurem, dziwnie wymieszane, ale co to za albumik irlandzkiego zespolu popularno rokowego, jest on mocno hamerykanski, bo jednak zrobili najwieksze pieniadze za duza woda, wiec albumik mocno typowo hamerykanski klimat, zycie codzienne, biedaki, umieranie, wszystko co mozna zaspiewac o hameryczce zeby boomer rzucil grosiwa, nie wiem czy nagrywane to bylo w hameryczce czy tylko tak sobie ktos wykonceptowal, wezmy nagrajmy hamerykanska plyte, sprzeda sie dobrze i sie sprzedala dajac zespolowi status kultowego grajka lat 80, w 90 zmienili calkowicie swoje granie, wiec widac ze niezle kameleony muzykowe, wrzucam otwierajacy trak do kolekcji where the streets have no names oraz mother of disappeared

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Pretty boring. Lots of wailing and not my fave

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somehow it was worse than Springsteen

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Overly Dramatic Band

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I groaned when I saw I had to listen to U2. Everything about this band from Bono's lame "activism" to their polished pristine sound has made the thing seem so sterile and boring. For what it's worth, it is well-produced and easy on the ears. It's just so underwhelming, so uninteresting. It just doesn't do much for me, even if it is competent enough to not be strictly bad. Maybe that's my confirmation bias talking, I dunno.

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Yo 3era muy fan de U2 por la época infame de Pop. Estaba yo como en primero de secundaria. Me compré el casete en un Carrefour que duró un año abierto en Chihuahua. Los consideraba cool. Divertidos. Luego me di cuenta que eso era una excepción. Más bien eran muy creídos de su importancia, serios, sentimentales, grandiosistas. Luego aprendí como habían creado el camino para que un chingo de bandas más se convirtieran en bandas de estadio: temas populistas, coros imposibles de sacar de tu mente, temáticas uplifting y todo eso. Sigo sorprendido y nunca entenderé porque Brian Eno se entregó a estos weyes de tal manera. Luego los odié. Hoy ya me valen verga. No he escuchado este disco, que dicen que es su mejor disco. No sé, yo creo que no es una banda con la que congenie tanto. No tengo mucho que decir de ellos, la verdad. No me inspiran. Lo que sí es que la guitarra de Edge en todo el disco es increíble. Es como un pintor abstracto. Pincelazos, brochazos anchos, chorreo. Lo que sea que haga con su guitarra es maravilloso. De hecho es lo que me hizo escuchar el disco completo. Creo que su cumbre como guitarrista es With Or Without You. Gran, gran canción. Bullet to the Blue Sky está semi brutal. Me gusta. Creo que es mi rola favorita de ellos, no la había topado. En general, se me hizo aburrido. Destaco los otros sencillos y los momentos en que se ponen bien Patti Smith como Exit Mothers of the Dissappeared también merece mención a parte. En fin, no creo que sea ni el mejor disco de la banda, ni de los mejores de los 80, ni nada. Es bastante irregular.

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Yeah, the album has a lot of U2's biggest hits, but its just not really the sound I typically go for.

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2/5 didn't really like it, despite a couple of nice songs

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Too classic, not my type. However, the ambient is really nice.

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4th June 2021 Listened in the shower and in the supermarket after finding out I got a second round interview for the FT. Anthemic tax dodging.

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U2 är inget band jag har särskilt bra koll på (med undantag av det kändaste ("With or Without You") ex). Baserat på det jag hört tidigare hade jag inte superstora förhoppningar att det skulle bli en slam dunk, det kändes på något sätt lite tråkigt. När hela lyssningen var genomförd kändes det precis likadant tyvärr. Det fanns ljusglimtar dock. En som stack ut lite var känslan som första låten "Where The Streets Have No Name". Det långa introt som på ett långsamt sätt stegrar, med något mörkt sound som kanske kommer från en synt och som tydligt blir högre och högre. Sedan smyger gitarren in, på ett så lättsamt sätt som av någon anledning får mig att tänka på rinnande vatten, en bild av ett glimrande vattenfall kanske. Till sist kommer trummorna in och låten är igång. Det var bra iaf, resten var en besvikelse. Bäst: "Where The Streets Have No Name"

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I could not bear / bother to listen to it all. Too much Bono. Good singles though.

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Ugh. Too much Bono.

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meh, 1.5 stars

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big arena anthems! Sounds like something that would appear on a 'best of classic rock' cd in the bargain bin in a gas station

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Better than the other U2 album I heard on the list, which is not hard. Enjoyed the last track, and not just because it signalled the end of the album. The rest of it is just so... safe.

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Feels timeless, still fairly uninteresting.

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Not sure who it was but I think it might have been Henry Rollins said somewhere what a ridiculously overrated band U2 was. It was like I had been brainwashed and was finally snapping out it and ever since I've not been able to enjoy them. They are a band with a limited amount going for them other than their singer's voice yet they've managed to stick around for 40 year, the last 20 objectively without any good music. This album was definitely a highlight and I know people rave about how good a singer Bono is and how amazing the Edge's guitar playing is, etc. But when you take a step back, you realize they are an average band with great production, a few catchy hooks and way too much guitar delay. I know that will offend a lot of people and I'm truly sorry for shattering this illusion, but the sooner you come to recognize it, the sooner the world can finally get rid of Bono!

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First three tracks are classic U2 and even though I like them I don't think I ever necessarily will feel the need to listen to them again on purpose . The rest is immediately forgettable and made no impression whatsoever. 5/10

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It's just not very enjoyable. I know that's not a very insightful review but it's all I can muster.

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Fun fact of the day. bono is the largest ever recorded piece of shit in history

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Not my taste but it’s alright

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menee unilääkkeestä, en kyllä kuuntelis uudestaan

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U2 were well into their overblown grandiosity by this stage. They really should have called it a day after Boy.

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A bunch of boring AOR hits follower by more boring non-hits.

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U2 are just a bit boring. Very safe. Very standard. They write a decent pop track. Also not a Bono fan!

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Hi-Red Hill Town Lo-everything else I loved this album as a kid, but as I grew older, it just became more and more irritating to listen to…from the constant driving, repetitive guitars, to Bono cycling between growls and whining, it’s hard to listen to now. I still like Red Hill Town, but the rest of the album I can do without.

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Just don't like Bono and find it hard to separate art from artist... poor excuse, I know. Can't help but enjoy 'With or without you',. I like the guitar and drums throughout the album. Overall not that impressed, 2 stars.

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Listening to this album again for the first time in 33 years was torture. It was a flash back to being forced to go to a Christian youth camp and listen to bad cover versions of the songs on it. It is not that I hate U2 or this album and admit that some of the songs a great when I hear them by themselves but together to my ears this is a cacophony of pompous twaddle Sorry Bono

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sooooooooo boring after the first 4 songs

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2e écoute pour moi dans la cadre de ce projet. Je reconnais que c’est un album important pour U2. L’album ouvre quand même avec 3 de leurs plus grand hit. Par contre, j’ai toujours de la difficulté avec Bono quand il met trop d’intensité et je ne suis pas un fan du son signature de The Edge. La section rythmique en revanche fait une bonne job et la production est superbe. Dans les 3 hits, il y a With Or Without You que je trouve correct. Je préfère Bullet The Blue Sky, Exit et Mothers Of The Disappeared. Cet album a sa place ici, mais je n’irai quand même pas me le procurer.

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Not rubbish, but not for me.

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2.5

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U2 is the worst thing to happen to music - and I still have that other albums on my iTunes 😂

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Gross, U2 is the worst

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U2 suck.

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It’s been said that Elvis died musically when he reported for duty after receiving his draft notice. U2 died musically with Joshua Tree. The rating is not based on the music which is better than my rating. It’s a 1 because it marked the death of an excellent band’s music and how big of a letdown that was. Their first album Boy came when exciting music was staring to make its way to Sudbury. I expect MG procured Boy since I recall having it on cassette. I stayed a U2 fan for their first three albums picking up what I could on cassette. I saw WAR on release in the local record store, bought it on the spot and it was my favourite album. I was a big U2 fan. They were getting better known and their music kept getting better. They had a hard driving original sound, were exploring new areas, playing w passion and had an original and provocative sound. WAR was better than prior albums and they were on an insanely good trajectory. I could only dream about what might come next. Spoiler Alert Then came Joshua Tree. They simply followed what worked on WAR. They died musically. I think they realized this and tried to get back on the trajectory but never did. The ship had sailed. Of course the record buying public rewarded them which didn’t help. Its hard not to think of Joshua Tree when I hear the song American Pie.

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Ew

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No.

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Nah. The album that invaded my iPod years ago was just too much U2 as it is.

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Blech again. "Random?" Two overplayed U2 albums in 5 days?

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U2 are a steaming pile of shit. The Joshua Tree hates the fact they named this album after it. Anyone named Joshua is hugely ashamed of any connections to this. All trees are thoroughly embarrassed too.

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whats the difference between jesus and Bonio? Jesus doesn't think he's Bonio. musically this is actually fairly enjoyable but its dominated by the wailings of one of the biggest cunts going. an instrumental version of this album would be pretty good, but as it is its really diffuicult to get past the noises coming out of the egotistical, narcissistic self anointed uber cunt. i used to think the hedge was a cunt too, but i've got a bit more respect for his playing now i've endured an albums worth of Bonio.

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I cannot keep listening to the dramatic tone that Bono is singing on. Maybe the times were dramatic back then, but it can't please me at all.

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Pretentious rubbish

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I want to punch Bono in his stupid little face

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fuck u2

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I try to ignore my previous feelings about bands and artists and this was particularly hard for me. I hated U2 cos my elder sister and her chums loved them, as an angry adolescent I wanted to find my own thing and so shut them out. a crazy attitude as my sister is an awesome person with great taste in music, but that's hormones for you. still relistening with an open mind I find it's pretty shit. over produced, concieted annoying metaphors and just really dull. I tried to like those first three songs so universally played and enjoyed but they left me cold. it just total arse.

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U2 seem to be the band everyone loves to hate, mainly due to Bono. I never really felt that is particularly fair but I've never really previously found a good reason to ignore this viewpoint either. A further listen today hasn't changed this. I tried to be open minded and enjoy it, but I just cringed. Bono over-sings every line like a 3 years old who hasn't got his or her own way. Some people are just born to be really annoying and you can't quite pinpoint exactly why. With regret Bono, that's you.

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Didnt listen either... fuck Bono

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