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Old 07-07-2011, 06:55 PM   #181
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My second favorite, just falling short of Zooropa. I have no idea why an album that sold over 20 million copies only gets represented a few times a gig, and exclusively by massive hits, but I've gotten used to it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:36 PM   #182
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I need to confess something, which contains a U2 setlist spoiler:

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It's refreshing to hear someone who agrees with me on this. I feel the same way about that individual song. I never go out of my way to listen to it on it's own, whereas I pretty much have done so at one time or another for probably about 80% of songs from U2's catalogue.

As for the rest of the second half of the album, Trip Through Your Wires is enjoyable without being exhilarating, but Exit too, is a song I've never really cared for at all really. Mothers and God's Country on the other hand, are both pretty special and do contribute to the masterpiece-ness and enjoyability of the album.

I'd say it's an average, mediocre Side Two (by the standards of U2's other albums), but I'd still take it any day over the Side Two of War.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #183
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It USED to be one of my absolute favorites, but I got a little too much exposure to it over the years and sometimes I forget about how great a song it is. Then things like the other night remind me in full force. God, I'm so glad I got to experience that.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:38 PM   #184
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I don't go out of my way to listen to it either, but when I do I feel like an idiot for not listening to it more.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:41 PM   #185
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Yeah, side 2 of War is pretty bad. Well, not so much bad as it is cobbled together. I have no idea what they're doing there...heavy rocker, sappy rocker, some sort of sophisti-pop shit, sleazy-sounding rocker, gospel-ish song. I don't mind the songs individually though.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:44 PM   #186
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There's no album I'd rather listen to than JT. By anyone. Ever.

To call Side 2 of the album mediocre, relatively speaking or not, strikes me as insanity. But, opinions are opinions, etc, I get it.

Same here re: Side 2 of War...not at all cohesive, but on their own I like most of the tunes.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:49 PM   #187
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I like every song on War a great deal, and yet I still don't love the album itself. Hell if I know why that is.

I think I'm going to listen to my Joshua Tree vinyl
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:57 PM   #188
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War is rising fast in my rankings, perhaps because I see elements of certain other bands that I have recently come to love, such as The Cure and Joy Division, mixed in there at various places. That first side has so much power and urgency, such a sense of self-assurance and purpose, that I can hardly believe that it followed October. The second side is indeed haphazard at best, but I can forgive them for experimenting a bit there. All in all, I would consider War as a whole superior to JT.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:00 PM   #189
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I think I'm going to listen to my Joshua Tree vinyl
Now that we know the second half is crap, at least we don't have to turn the vinyl over.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:03 PM   #190
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Come on people, that is definitely more egregious than anything I've posted in these threads

The overexposure, perhaps surprisingly, doesn't bother me in the slightest with The Joshua Tree.

Then again, Streets and WOWY are my two favourite U2 songs, followed by Running to Stand Still.

I haven't listened to War in years. It'd go close to being my least favourite. I like Red Light and Surrender and 40 on their own, but damn is that second half poor.
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Joshua Tree is the best U2 album, though Achtung Baby would be better if it sounded better.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #192
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The Unforgettable Fire is the best era if you're allowed to count everything they put out in that period.

Might be their most cohesive album as well.
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The Unforgettable Fire is the best era if you're allowed to count everything they put out in that period.
I'd probably agree with this. The Unforgettable Fire could have been one of the best albums ever with a few swapsies.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:40 PM   #194
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I still think it's the best album ever in spite of all of that, but I cheat and count everything associated with it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:55 PM   #195
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I don't know how unpopular this will be, but:

Pearl Jam > Nirvana

and for that matter...

Ten > Nevermind

and

Ukulele Album > Suicide
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