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The Unforgettable Fire (album) by U2

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The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire by U2 (1984)
Overall rank: 407th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 780 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 10 albums of 1984 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (56th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (407th)

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U2 bestography

The Unforgettable Fire is ranked 4th best out of 31 albums by U2 on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 36 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 49,428.

U2 album bestography « Higher ranked (340th) This album (407th) Lower ranked (558th) »
WarThe Unforgettable FireAll That You Can't Leave Behind

Members who like this album also like: The Joshua Tree by U2, War by U2 and The Wall by Pink Floyd.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 780 votes)
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Rating:  
90/100
From lstevens
Overall: 8.6

Top Tracks: "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Bad"

Half memorable, half forgettable.
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From JulianR
Very good songwriting at times, Bono and the Edge really come into the roles we know them for today. They definitely needed Eno's touch to bring their work to the next level, on The Joshua Tree. But this is excellent nonetheless
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First real different album I ever heard as a teenager. I’m wide awake I’m not sleeping . It’s BAD
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85/100
I think this is an excellent album, it sits happily in my vinyl collection next to 'Simple Minds 'New Gold Dream' and 'Silent Running 'Shades of Liberty'. There is a darkness about this album which I really like. The Unforgettable Fire has long been one of my all time favourite tracks, add 'Bad' and 'A Sort of Homecoming' and this vinyl re release which I have just purchased is worth every penny. If you like U2 and Simple Minds check out Silent Running 'Shades of Liberty', you won't be disappointed!
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80/100
This record can be better in my opinion. Only Bad, Sort Of Homecoming and U.Fire are masterpiece
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90/100
From HoldenM
What happened to U2?? Where did their teeth go?? This record and War are so good, and now all they can do is blow themselves.

I really love this record. I wish U2 could've been this consistent forever, but whatever. This is awesome.
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65/100
From WJA
I was a huge U2 fan up to this point. Or rather, up to Joshua Tree. As a fan I tried to hide the fact that the album did not touch me as War or the other earlier work did. I guess it's here where the pretentiousness started to get in the way of freshness, joy, creativity.

Now I can say I never really loved this album.
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this is where U2 really start to write great music

beautifuly produced

epic sounding
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One of the more underrated U2 albums. A bit incostistent but the highs are incredibly high and Bono's voice was extremely good at this point.
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From Ben4
This album confuses me. Sometimes I feel like it is pretty good, but not quite great. Other times I feel like it is my favorite album of all time. Tracks 1-7 are some of my favorite U2 songs except for the instrumental 4th of July. After that there isn't too much going on. I like this album more than War, but it falls a little flat compared to Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. Overall this album is pretty great, except for when it's not.
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