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Boy 2 1.00%
October 5 2.49%
War 19 9.45%
The Unforgettable Fire 14 6.97%
The Joshua Tree 21 10.45%
Rattle And Hum 9 4.48%
Achtung, Baby! 14 6.97%
Zooropa 10 4.98%
Pop 20 9.95%
All That You Can't Leave Behind 72 35.82%
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb 15 7.46%
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Old 12-07-2004, 08:22 PM   #1
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U2's Most Overrated Album

Which of U2's 11 studio albums is their most overrated? Which album do you think is getting a lot of praise that is somewhat undeserved? Why do you feel this way, and what album should replace this 'overrated' one in the minds and hearts of the misguided?


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Old 12-07-2004, 08:32 PM   #2
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I go for Joshua Tree.
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I think HTDAAB is hugely overrated - it's a good album, but it's not great. I guess it's down to preference, but I would rank War and ATYBCLB above it any day.
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ATYCLB. I can't get over the fact that it won more Grammys than The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby combined. That just isn't right. To me ATYCLB is U2 taking the path of least resistance for the first time in their careers and settling for being just OK rather than striving to be extraordinary. Despite what Rolling Stone might say, this will never be U2's "third masterpiece" in my eyes. I think War or maybe The Unforgettable Fire deserve that honor instead.
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HTDAAB. I get a kick how some reviews have it on the same level as, say, Achtung Baby. It's a really good album, but I don't consider it the masterpiece that some people say it is.
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Old 12-07-2004, 09:00 PM   #7
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ATYCLB: It has only about 4 memorable tracks on it. It's not bad, just overrated.

I think the 4 memorable tracks are:
Beautiful Day
Stuck in a Moment...
Walk On
In A Little While

And maybe Kite, too.
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Old 12-07-2004, 09:11 PM   #8
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I think that HTDAAB is getting a lot of exposure. It's hard to say if it's too much but I don't think it is as good as ATYCLB. But, that album took awhile to grow on me. I guess I love the 90s stuff too much. I think I'll need to experience some of these songs live before I can form my definitive opinion. Don't get me wrong, I love the new album. I think the melodies, song structure, lyrics, musicianship are fantastic. But, I think that they are taking the safe road on this more than on ATYCLB. Having said that, I would rather listen to this than pretty much any other current music out there right now. U2 still reigns supreme in my music reality.

Regarding ATYCLB winning so many Grammys, I think it was kind of way for the industry to give U2 the credit they deserved. It's kind of like Santana. Did he really deserve all of those awards? It was just years and years of being overlooked.
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WAR. It's a landmark rather than a masterpiece IMO; I find it too shrill and Bono's vocals unbearable.

I also find JT teensy bit overrated; for an album that is always referred to as the ultimate U2 masterpiece it's got too many songs that are either duds or just okay-ish. I still consider it a great album, but mainly for the strength of its individual winners rather than overall consistency.
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I think War is too lopsided. The weaker tracks on TUF don't detract from the highlights; rather, the provide a sort of ambience on which the pinnacles find footing.

War just has too many songs that take away from the album; "The Refugee," "Redlight," and dare I say "Drowning Man"?
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POP.

AB and Zooropa did the same thing much, much better.

*edit* Of course, you realize ATYCLB won't get a fair treatment here.
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ATYCLB...a bad album from every point of view.


BTW i don' understand all those votes for HTDAAB (that's a great album and received mixed reviews: not at all overrated) and for Pop (Pop is already poorly rated by critics and fans...do you really think it's still overrated?)
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I'm going to go with War. The only reason that album rates so highly is because of the overwhelming brilliance of Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Years Day. Take those (and 40) away and the rest of the album is quite noticeably weaker.
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War, for the same reasons Diemen mentioned (btw, Diemen)
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I think War is too lopsided. The weaker tracks on TUF don't detract from the highlights; rather, the provide a sort of ambience on which the pinnacles find footing.

War just has too many songs that take away from the album; "The Refugee," "Redlight," and dare I say "Drowning Man"?

Although you dare not say "Drowning Man"

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