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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: 32nd   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Best album of 1987 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1980s (4th)
Top 50 albums of all time (32nd)

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

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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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70/100
From Cojo7 04/23/2016 20:01
Re-listened again and Mothers of the Disappeared and Running To Stand Still are also really good. The first three are still all-time classics, but everything between 7 and 10 brings down the album so much, you can't have four poor songs in a row.
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From sethmadsen 04/10/2016 01:24
How the F**K is Bullet The Blue Sky loosing steam... it's easily one of U2's hardest/in your face songs. Flawless album for me. Exit is amazing, so at least we agree with that.
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From LordMark 03/31/2016 02:40
I prefer Achtung Baby. Personally, I think this album loses a lot of steam after track 3. However, I do think "Exit" is an underrated track.
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From Cojo7 03/27/2016 02:04
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 90. But alas, it's not.
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From M42K0 03/16/2016 06:35
As a huge Springsteen fan and somebody who understands Bruce and Bono are very close judging by the type of music they make, I have to say this one really reminds me of "Born in the USA". Both albums have 2 or 3 remarkably good songs, both are very appealing to a wider audience, both are very approachable and well produced, though not amazingly good albums.

That said, I think this album is overrated. Don't misunderstand me - I still do think this is a great album, just not one of the 30 or 35 greatest albums of all times. If it was ranked somewhere between 100th and 200th place, I think it'd make me feel much more satisfied. As I've said, it really reminds me of "Born in the USA", and "Born in the USA" is no "Born to Run".
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From Deckiller 02/19/2016 17:29
Definitely good tunes on this album, but I prefer the slightly rawer and nationalistic sound of their first 3 disks.
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From xhitmanx 02/03/2016 18:53
Best U2 album ever, and also has sentimental value for me. I remember my school bus driver playing Joshua Tree and I didn't know who the songs were by at the time, but "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" may be my first favorite song ever.
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
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