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Bono’s bell-like voice and The Edge’s ringing guitar lines were honed to deceptively simple melodic perfection, bolstered by the rhythm section’s propulsive marches and airy atmospherics from producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. They were firing on all cylinders here, attacking social barriers (“Where the Streets Have No Name”) and insipid politics (“Bullet the Blue Sky”) while making heartbreak sound anthemic (“With or Without You”).

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The classic

I don't think any album shook the world (excluding Nevermind) so strongly. This album was everywhere and changed music greatly. It was one of those albums that everyone owned and could recite word for word. Although Nirvana changed the style of music to a grudge sound I think U2 showed you could have a popular album and still give it a message. Highly recommend.

summer 87

I remember when this album came out. graduated from high school that year. fixing up and driving my 68 buick gran sport. working my job in the military. the album was a slow take for me. it surprised me at first listen. It was not what I was used to from U2, whom I listened to long before most people even knew who they were. It got better and better each time I listened to it. It slowly became my anthem. Like the most recent killers and Coldplay efforts, it improved with each listen. I think that, truly, this is the way to measure great music in this class; the more catchy something is out of the box, the faster it becomes trite. The more it grows on you over time, the longer life it will have in your ear, heart and soul. this is the sound of peace. this is the sound of satisfaction. this is the sound of my youth. this is the sound of the great, sad, challenging times of my life. I guess this is one of the watershead albums of my life. Wish you were here; pink floyd. the first killers effort. crowded house greatest hits. this album are ones that will be listened to over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over. did I mention over and over?

Bow to The Joshua Tree = Extraordinary, Astonishing, Monumental, Unbelievable, Wondrous...

Pretty much zero to say here except that it's one of the most unbelievable, beautiful, gobsmacking albums of all time: music, lyrics, vocals. The only pass you get for not already owning this (originally released in 1987) is that you are likely very young. To you, I say: excellent taste, and may it move you as much as I expect it will (if it doesn't, I don't know what to say!) Brilliant through and through: the power and impact of "The Joshua Tree" never lessens, never fades. @ another reviewer's comment re. earth-shaking albums...yeah, there were and are others: a "little" album came along in 1997, goes by the name "OK Computer." It altered music infinitely...left everybody else in the dust and has never stopped resonating (just like TJT.) Radiohead continued to break wonderful new ground with each and every album, and continue to do so, God bless them. All I can think about when I think of Nirvana is how sad it still is (except, happy for Dave Grohl and his success with Foo Fighters)...Cobain was a tormented genius...such a shame. Peace.


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the songs...
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