The Unforgettable Fire (studio album) by U2
The best album by U2 is The Joshua Tree which is ranked number 50 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,827.
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‘The Unforgettable Fire’ notable only because (A) Its U2’s “transitional album” which served as the gate which unlocks the subsequent ‘Joshua Tree’ masterpiece (fair enough) and (B) was produced by Brian Eno. However as a piece of art its largely forgettable. Something feels off about the whole project from the Hiroshima themed title track to not one but 2 tributes to Martin Luther King and a whole bunch of Brian Eno-fication in between
It’s far from terrible by a long stretch but way over rated on every level
I adore the first three albums o U2 because of that wide open sound and their enthusiasm and fantastic songs. This is their fourth and a bit of an inbetween album in the sense that they still have this sound (on the level of Bono's voice and The Edge's guitar) but that they're trying to do their best to write more diverse songs. But they still shine more in what they do best like on Pride (although I've heard it maybe a bit too much) and the fantastic Bad. But it also means that while on their former albums I liked all the tracks, this isn't the case any more here: Promenade, 4th of July and Elvis Presley and America are not really their best.
So lads, you got a decent album but 9 ain't enough, we need 10 tracks.
"But we have no more, not even any lyrics left". Well, it has to be 10 so just plug in and play and sing whatever comes into your head. I know we've put the vox mics away but just sing into the headphones and we'll stick an effect on and bingo. We'll use it as track 9.
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I Love U2 and I love this album - just squeezed out of my top 100 but close call
This is where the spark was lit. Joshua Tree is up next. Rating (75.00)
A really good album, and first four tracks are superb. Next two tracks are not as good, but the seventh and eight track raise the standard again. Not a big fan of Elvis Presley and America, but the final track is good.
the ethereal nature of this record is incredible, and while the joshua tree is similar in some regards, this is the album that really resonates with me. the atmospheres the edge creates on guitar take you into deserts and canyons. atmospheres so encapsulating they nearly drown out bono at times, who takes on a more impressionistic approach with this record. all that etherealism aligned with adam's slap bass, which also takes center stage at times, and larry's groovy drumming make for a unique take on post-punk that is truly inspiring, and overall, my favorite effort from this band.
Just like the joshua tree this album is rated high because of 3 good songs, the rest of the songs are normal/mediocre
Top Tracks: "Pride (In the Name of Love)", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Bad"
Half memorable, half forgettable.
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