Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > The MB Reader > Album Reviews
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-29-2009, 01:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
marquee moon
 
Roygbiv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 764
Default

The Joshua Tree [Island; 1987]


And so we’ve reached what’s arguably the pinnacle fo U2’s 80s sound. Arguable because War was on its own a pinnacle of their mid-80s sound, but that’s just tedious to consider. I argue that The Joshua Tree is the pinnacle of U2s overall 80s output because many of the ideas expressed in their earlier material is revisited, albeit more personally.

An Allmusic journalist perfectly described The Joshua Tree as the aftermath of the ideas presented in War, and that’s probably due to what Bono sings about and what the songs actually sound like. Imagine War as U2 leading a marching band through the climax of a great battle. The battle ends, they’re surrounded by a destroyed land incapable of birthing life again. Uncertainty is in the horizon; that’s what the Joshua Tree sounds like. It’s a different kind of anthemic – the songs feel as if they are living, breathing entities – which his exactly why a song like Bullet The Blue Sky doesn’t work. It probably would have worked an album or two ago, but not in the Joshua Tree where everything else is much less aggressive. But that’s about the only weak link in the album. It may be tough to believe for people who have come to know U2 after they became so popular, but there are some incredibly powerful tracks in the album aside from the overplayed triumvirate of hits that open it. “Red Hill Mining Town” and “One Tree Hill” stand out as the two most unfairly overlooked highlights.

There’s nothing has hasn’t been said about The Joshua Tree by now. It’s an outstanding LP that’s high on hits but low on surprises, which is unfortunate because I like to think of a time when “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” resonated to a spine chilling degree before it was beaten to death by radio stations everywhere. Coincidentally, the amount of critical acclaim bestowed on The Joshua Tree is so overwhelming that the album transcends its creators, which is tragically more than what War, their bravest, boldest musical statement, can say about its own influence.

9.2/10
Roygbiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2009, 01:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
why bother?
 
Bulldog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 4,826
Default

I've said a few times before that One Tree Hill is almost as good as music gets - blissful song, especially the last 40 or so seconds of it. In fact the last four tracks makes for one of the best closing sequences of songs on any album. This is the only U2 album I still listen to to this day, so you're about right with your rating of it.

All in all, top review sir
Bulldog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2009, 01:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
Juicious Maximus III
 
tore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Scabb Island
Posts: 5,935
Default

Yup, I agree with Bulldog - very insightful and very good review

One Tree Hill is good and sure gets a lot of praise. I noticed you mentioned Red Hill Mining Town as well which is perhaps my favourite from Joshua Tree!

Looking forward to Rattle and Hum, hehe
__________________
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
tore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2009, 03:09 PM   #24 (permalink)
Ba and Be.
 
jackhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: This Is England
Posts: 17,300
Default

I so detest the first three tracks from this album but 'Bullet The Blue Sky' and 'Exit' are great tracks. I haven't heard this album for a few years now. In fact any U2 at all. A timely reminder.
__________________

“A cynic by experience, a romantic by inclination and now a hero by necessity.”
jackhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2009, 08:40 PM   #25 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,026
Default

Great review Roygbiv! I totally disagree with you about "Bullet the Blue Sky" but I thought the review as a whole was really, really well written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 10:58 AM   #26 (permalink)
marquee moon
 
Roygbiv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 764
Default

What do you guys think of Bullet the Blue Sky? is it essential?
Roygbiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 10:59 AM   #27 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,026
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roygbiv View Post
What do you guys think of Bullet the Blue Sky? is it essential?
It's one of my favorite songs on the album. I think it adds a little edge to everything so yeah I think it's essential.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 11:00 AM   #28 (permalink)
marquee moon
 
Roygbiv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 764
Default

But doesn't it throw the whole album off balance? There's just no other song that sounds like it.
Roygbiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 11:03 AM   #29 (permalink)
Juicious Maximus III
 
tore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Scabb Island
Posts: 5,935
Default

Personally, I like the track .. It's a bit bleak and apocalyptic, but in a good way

Also, it has a clear political message which something I'd expect from one of the band's greatest albums.
__________________
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
tore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2009, 11:03 AM   #30 (permalink)
Mate, Spawn & Die
 
Janszoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,026
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roygbiv View Post
But doesn't it throw the whole album off balance? There's just no other song that sounds like it.
I don't think it throws album off balance, I think it works to break up the sound a bit.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by P A N View Post
i'm not gonna spend my life on music banter trying to convince people the earth is flat.
A Night in the Life of the Invisible Man

Time & Place

25 Albums You Should Hear Before the Moon Crashes into the Earth and We All Die


last.fm
Janszoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2019 Advameg, Inc.

SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2 ©2010, Crawlability, Inc.