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Old 04-19-2002, 06:19 AM   #1
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The Unforgettable Fire appreciation thread!

Since other albums have been discussed here I want to hear your views on UF. I think UF is a masterpiece. It's their most 'arty' effort I think, and Bono's voice was at perhaps its prime range. Their songs were getting longer and more intricate. Their writing and musicianship were maturing. It's a shame this album is overlooked, especially by people who became fans afterward- even at JT. I want to see some appreciation for this fantastic hidden treasure in U2's catalog. Please?

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Old 04-19-2002, 07:16 AM   #2
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'A Sort of Homecoming' is my favourite off it and also probably my favourite U2 song.

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Old 04-19-2002, 07:23 AM   #3
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well I don't have time to analyze why it is a freakin great album so I'll just say this.

The most vivid memory I have is UF tour - Toronto - Maple Leaf Gardens. Haunting voices fill the arena, suddenly Bono sees Irish flag and motions to get it. he wraps himself in the flag. Crowd falls silent..Could hear a pin drop really. He breaks into Amazing Graze. The hush is almost deafening. This voice carries on forever. He finishes. He motions to give the flag back to the person who gave it to him..A fight breaks out over the flag. Bono gets very angry and chastens them for fighting over something as small as a flag just because he touched it. me goosebumps..very fine indeed..
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I started to like "A Sort Of Homecoming". I love the drums in that song. And for some reason, I also like "Elvis Presley and America". This is strange, but for me, the tunes in the album make me feel sad, but in a nice and nostalgic way. Weird, I know, but that's just how it is.
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I love this album for its "artsy" quality and I think it was a marvelous transition from War to JT. I know a lot of critics didn't like it, but they're crazy...

"A Sort of Homecoming"
"The Unforgettable Fire"

and I'm growing to appreciate "Promenade" as well.

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This is U2's most underrated and underappreciated album. I love it. I love its sound and its look and its feel. Like Icelady said, chilling and haunting. The music and Bono's vocals were like on no other album. It has a special quality none of the others have. I appreciate it and wish more people did. 'Give it another spin'

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I agree with *Stormy* - it's definitely the most underated AND underappreciated album.

Ah! I love UF!! Whenever I go jogging on the outskirts of my town, on gravel roads by cornfields and streams, I always listen to UF. MLK is the best song ever to do a cool-down to! The album sounds great when you're out actually experiencing nature - the sounds and the sights complement eachother beautifully!

On a side note, my high school band director gave me crap all the time because I liked U2. He didn't really hate them, he just liked to get me all riled up. Then towards the end of my senior year, he finally broke down and said, "You know, I actually do like that one album that they recorded in the castle. Very creative alubm - very impressionistic."
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Old 04-19-2002, 11:13 AM   #8
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Oooh! And i'm starting to really love EP&America. I could never really understand what Bono was singing, but then I went on a site and looked at the lyrics and they! The song sounds like he so heartbroken that he's suffocating.
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Old 04-19-2002, 11:59 AM   #9
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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY lets all GO HOME and GET NAKED and shower POWER wagglin our BUTTS to Mr Bono and the GANG then run down the STREET shoutin our BALLACKS AFF about HOW MUCH WE LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-19-2002, 12:15 PM   #10
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Unforgettable Fire
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Five in a row, I totally love. I recommend total darkness, and lay back on your bed or whatever. Try it, you'll love it. Let the music envelope you.

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I love the Unforgetable Fire album! This album along w/ Zooropa are tied as my 4th favorite!

I abosuletely love "Elvis Presley And America" I can never get tired of it! I love the Bono's vocal's on it, such a unique approach he took on the vocals. I just, love everything about this song!

And "BAD" I mean we have praised this song in the past, but I just love this song so much! I love Bono's vocal's.... Edge's guitar.. and I absolutely LOVE Larry's drumming in this song! Bad is one of my fav songs ever!

Indian Summer Sky.... Promenade...MLK.... are gems to me!

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But you know you're
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Be the song that you hear in your head .....

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Old 04-19-2002, 03:54 PM   #12
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Definitely my favorite U2 album. I can only listen to it when there's snow on the ground though. I don't know why, it's just one of those things...
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Old 04-19-2002, 03:57 PM   #13
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UF rocks the house! Pride is STILL one of their greatest anthems ever, and Bad gets better every time I listen. Gorgeous stuff. Definitely a maturing step for them.

Ya'll are kidding me, the critics complained?? What, you can't dance to it? *sigh*

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UF is my favourite album of all time. "Elvis Presley and America" is probably my favourite song, but the title song is a close second. Also, "Promenade" and "A Sort of Homecoming" are great.

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Old 04-19-2002, 05:48 PM   #15
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Such and atmospheric album that just relaxes every muscle in your body. A very underated album. Elvis Costelo ranks it s his favorite U2 CD.
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Old 04-19-2002, 06:26 PM   #16
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A very quirky album. Very atmospheric, it puts you in another time, a different place when you listen to it. It's one of those albums that's best listened to in a dark room with headphones on. I look at it as the baby brother of Zooroopa.

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Old 04-19-2002, 06:36 PM   #17
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Originally posted by scatteroflight:
It's their most "U2" album, to me. Pure U2. It comes from somewhere else. It has the dream qualities that I love, and a lot of passion. It is my favourite U2 album for Bono's vocals.
Brilliant definition scattero, couldn´t agree more. The Unforgettable Fire was the face of U2 for me, for a long, long time, it was my first album, the first U2 album released in my country. It´s magic to me, it makes me travel back in time when I was younger, full of hope and hunger for life. Bad remains my all time fave U2 song, A Sort of Homecoming presents some of the best of Bono´s lyrics, Promenade, MLK, Indian Summer Sky are gems, the whole album has that special mood and atmosphere, it´s unique. I used to have only my vynil, bought back in 1985, until a couple of years ago when a special friend of mine said she wanted to give me the best birthday gift she could...I asked her to give me UF, the CD this time.
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Old 04-19-2002, 06:44 PM   #18
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i became a huge fan last year and then an even bigger one after seeing them live for the first time in vegas in november.

first album i got by them was ATYCLB
the 2nd one i bought was UF

and my 2 most fav songs on UF are UF and Promenade... mainly cuz these are really spacey music pieces and i seem to write poetry to these for some wierd reason lol

but i also like Pride and Bad a lot...
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Finally, some much deserved recognition for this masterpiece. It's my all time fave U2 album; one that never seems to get old. It's moody and magnificent, drawing you in and blowing right by you. A soft caress here and a mighty guitar swipe there and I'm hooked time after time.
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I adore The Unforgettable Fire. It's my second fave album, behind Achtung Baby. It's so beautiful and haunting.

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