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October (Remastered)

U2

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Though widely acknowledged as suffering a bit from the “sophomore slump,” 1981’s October is hardly a failure, with “Gloria,” “I Fall Down,” “I Threw a Brick Through a Window,” “Rejoice,” and the album’s stunning closer “Is That All?” leading the charge. The Dublin quartet’s quick success made it imperative for them to get a second album together and while some of the tunes suffer from being rushed along (six months could’ve given them breathing room, but could have cost them their momentum), it’s mostly the sound of a band still finding themselves. Steve Lillywhite’s production continues to add atmospherics to the band’s careful chiseled sound and Bono clearly has the sound of arenas ringing in his ears as his singing reaches for mythic heights with its consistent full-throat attack.

Customer Reviews

Boo to iTunes.!

I am so sick of reading the 'reviews' by iTunes. Who are these people? What in the hell are they talking about? Pompous, overwhelming? Has anyone told Mr Lillywhite this? This is a very ambitiious early album by some very young spiritual men. Good lord! Their second/third album? Does anyone believe that a band's seccond record is perhaps their most important? Bono is over-reaching?
If I didn't know better, I'd use the friggin 'F" word to iTunes. THEY ARE NOT GODS. They are only one little person, typing into their computer, like me.
So use your own mind, read, research, listen. iTunes doesn't rule the flipping world.

Oft Cast Aside

to me, the best U2 album, if only for the beautiful connotations.

A Steady follow-up.

Arcai in. U2's second album shows a more traditional and unique sound than the likes of which found on their debut album, Boy. Bono's vocals are the same as usual: magnificent, border-line operatic, and emotionally deep. Backed by Bono is The Edge's unique and creative guitar riffs that give a wide-spread mood to the album. The drums are foreign and multi-influenced in means of sound, structure and beat. There are no more good points/bad points section any more, just a song-rating section because I believe I liked or didn't like the albums previously reviewed for the wrong reasons. Here are the songs: Great songs:Gloria, I Fall Down, I Threw a Brick Through a Window, Tomorrow, With a Shout (Jerusalem), Stranger In a Strange Land Good songs:Rejoice, Fire, October, Is That All? Bad songs:Scarlet I was in a rush for the original review because I was going to be late for the bus. However, the connection times out and I rewrote the review in a more precise manner. I give U2's October five stars. That is all. Arcai out-- 1-9-2009 3:57 PM

Biography

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 of the '80s. They were rock & roll crusaders during an era of synthesized pop and heavy metal, 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,...
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