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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.

Customer Reviews

The ORIGINAL American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot was obviously based off of War. They both have the same main theme: the world is seriously messed up. The main difference is that Green Day decided to load it with explicit language and War is much better. Here's my song-by-song breakdown! 1) Sunday Bloody Sunday 11/10: This is the greatest song ever written by anyone ever. An amazing combo of deep lyrics and an insane drum part! The only song that I will ever rank above 10/10. 2) Seconds 9/10: Contrasting happy-sounding instruments and creepy lyrics (and little kids) makes a great song! 3) New Year's Day 10/10: War's other gem, a song with a great climax and bass part. 4) Like a Song 8/10: Only forgotten because its right behind three classics. Very underrated. 5) Drowning Man 7/10: A little forgettable and slow, but not that bad. 6) The Refugee 9/10: This song always seems to be forgotten, but I love it, mainly because of the African sound. 7) Two Hearts Beat as One 9/10: A great song, and perfect for running to. 8) Red Light 6/10: Worst on album. Female singers and U2 do NOT mix. 9) Surrender: 6/10: Another boring and predictable song. Makes you wonder why the album is downward spiralling. 10) 40 9/10: A great closer, even though it doesn't match the rest of the upbeat album. Love the Psalm lyrics!


Buy WAR because it is truely one of U2's all-time best. But buy it because it contains the song: Drowning Man. A classic, one of U2's best, but most overlooked and unappreciated songs ever.

Gritty and Passionate

U2 conveys their pain of the attacks in Ireland through the music of War. Sunday Bloody Sunday truly shows they are not just doing this for money. This is a great album because every song belongs in there every song reprsents War and they flow well.


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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