22 Songs, 1 Hour 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2’s thundering War showcases a band becoming an international cultural powerhouse—a loss-of-innocence effort that progressively tackles war and injustice. Protest anthems like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day” lift on glorious jolts of shout-out hooks and stinging guitars. Others, like the soaring “Two Hearts Beat as One” and stirring sing-along “40,” are tender, haunting, and propulsive in equal measure. The Edge’s rallying guitar riffs, Larry Mullen Jr.’s marching beats, and Bono’s heartfelt, freedom-cry lyrics all make the band serious rock ’n’ roll rabble-rousers on this album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2’s thundering War showcases a band becoming an international cultural powerhouse—a loss-of-innocence effort that progressively tackles war and injustice. Protest anthems like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day” lift on glorious jolts of shout-out hooks and stinging guitars. Others, like the soaring “Two Hearts Beat as One” and stirring sing-along “40,” are tender, haunting, and propulsive in equal measure. The Edge’s rallying guitar riffs, Larry Mullen Jr.’s marching beats, and Bono’s heartfelt, freedom-cry lyrics all make the band serious rock ’n’ roll rabble-rousers on this album.

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