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The Joshua Tree (album) by U2 

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The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree by U2 (1987)
Overall rank: 33rd   Overall chart history
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82/100 (from 1,613 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 1987 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (4th)
Top 50 albums of all time (33rd)

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The Joshua Tree is ranked as the best album by U2.

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From msududek1 01/03/2017 08:50
U2 was probably my favorite group for about a 10 year period. As much as I loved Joshua Tree when it came out I still prefer their older works War and Boy. If it wasn't so overplayed back in the day I probably would still enjoy it as much as when it came out. That is probably why I still love War and Boy more, when those albums came out no one I knew listened to U2.
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From cobbo95 01/02/2017 23:51
I do really like this album (it ranks as #54 on my chart) and I think its U2's best body of work, especially from their first era. The opening trio of songs is one of the best bits of sequencing I've ever heard on an album and the closing number bookends it quite well. Some of the middle songs aren't quite as strong but none of it sounds out of place.

Highlights: Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You, Red Hill Mining Town
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From Onater 09/25/2016 20:58
I actually think that the singles (apart from Where The Streets Have No Name) are some of the worse tracks on the album, with tracks 5, 6 and 10 being the best. It's probably just because they're overplayed as all hell and I'm sick of them, though.
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From ricco94 08/27/2016 14:23
This album has a great atmosphere, it gives you a sort of sense of freedom. Some of the songs are between my favourites, but I don't think that this is a masterpiece. It lacks of something, especially in the second half. Still a great effort, probably the best U2 album.
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From 22erik22 08/02/2016 19:29
U2 is a love/hate band for the most part, but I can't join either camp. War is a great album and Songs of Innocence is an awful album. This album starts off incredibly strong with the first three songs all being great and being (mostly) not that preachy for Bono. After that, the album really takes a dive in quality with Red Hill Mining Town being the only good song after the first three. The second half of this album is just really not good at all. If this was a 4 song EP with just the first three songs and Red Hill, I'd give it a 80. But alas, it's not.
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From razumov 06/22/2016 12:30
Great songs : With or without you .....Where the Streets have no name .......I still haven't found what I'm looking for.....In God's country.....Bullet the blue sky
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From souplipton 06/12/2016 19:06
The Joshua Tree was U2's best album. Before Achtung Baby stripped away the sound that they had built up on album after album, U2 was a band whose closest musical equivalent was post-punk. Though not quite as spacious as Joy Division's brand of the genre, U2 featured a spaceous sound with a focus on texture, a sound which complemented the Edge's strengths, and allowed him to created his signature echoey sound. On Joshua Tree, U2 took this formula, and incorporated more folk and blues influences, as well as featuring superior lyrics to their previous efforts. This made for an album which made U2 one of the, if not the, most important bands on the planet.
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From corenfro 05/11/2016 23:33
“She’s Running to Stand Still”

Disclaimer, I had listened to this album a substantial number of times before I saw visual evidence of the terribleness of Bono’s mullet in the 80’s. I try to keep my opinion of things unbiased by things as silly as a disgusting mullet, but I can’t unsee what I’ve seen.

Is there a more life-affirming album than The Joshua Tree? Bono’s soaring voice and with The Edge’s revolutionary guitar style take the listener through a spiritual, socially conscious atmosphere of the most intense of human feeling. The Joshua Tree is a breath of clean air. It was meant to be listened to while driving across America, and has an intensely personal meaning to me as the album first came to life for me while driving through Colorado’s mountains after a breakup. Songs like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “With or Without You” paint a picture of someone in transition.

But in all the desolation of some of the topics of the album: death, loss, heroin addiction, discontent, there is one unbreakable theme of this album: hope. U2’s unbreakable mission of hope is on full display on this album. The songs are dripping with a sense of seeking spiritual renewal. If you close your eyes and listen to Bono’s beautiful tenor, and some of the best guitar work in rock that doesn’t distract with lengthy solos, you might just find some spiritual renewal on the Joshua Tree.
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From garycottier 05/03/2016 18:35
U2's most successful album, the record that turned them into the biggest band in the world. For all it's fame, it's really an album of two halves, unfortunately, a lot of U2 records are like this. Having said that the first four, maybe five tracks, are amongst the greatest pop songs ever written. Has any album started of so brilliantly as, the Joshua tree? Where the streets have no name, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, with or without you, and, bullet the blue sky, are stunning songs, possibly U2's four greatest. Running to stand still, is another excellent cut, as is, red hill mining town, and, in God's country, is good, but after that the album starts to fizzle out. I suppose it's crazy to think they could have kept up that level of quality throughout the LP, but having said that, the last four tracks are nothing more than average, a disappointing end to a stunning record. All in all though, in terms of vinyl, has there ever been a side of music, as stunningly brilliant as the first side of, the Joshua tree?
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From Edwarda85 04/27/2016 17:47
Well I personally, still haven't found what I'm looking for. Which is 1-2-3-4 song smack in the face like this.

With or Without you agreeing with me, no album I have heard starts off as strong in its first four songs.

But it just isn't that great on its back side. Average songs follow the amazing start.

Achtung Baby is better as a cohesive album from start to finish.

But the highs of Joshua Tree are some of the highest I've ever experienced in music. I rank it 2nd in their catalogue
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