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April 27th, 2005

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I'm listening to October right now for the very first time. I was really afraid to give it a listen because of how unpopular it seems to be. While I don't know if I can consider it one of my favorite albums of all time, I'm certainly not as disappointed as I had anticipated! I'd love to hear from all of you though. Are there many people on here that enjoy this album? And for those of you who don't like it, is there any reason or did it just not click with you?
 
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From:pride4u2
Date:April 28th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
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There are only two songs on that album that I don't like - Rejoice and With a Shout. Probably because of the obvious religious context. But the rest of the album is great. I especially love "I Threw a Brick Through a Window."

"No one...no one is blinder than he who will not see..."
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From:playingthetart
Date:April 28th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
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I absolutely love early U2 stuff. Not so much for musical experience but for the raw, brutalily that's behind it all. Edge's developing and Larry and Adam coming together. For me, War and October are the albums that prove U2 would be long lasting.
From:_crimson_nails
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
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Oh god. "Gloria" and "Tomorrow" own my life.

That album kicks, I don't care what anyone says.
From:_crimson_nails
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
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P.S.

Oh man, your icon.

*love*
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From:mtheu2nut
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
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Of the Pre-Unforgettable Fire albums (the ones I consider to be "early U2"), October is definitely my favorite.

From:caspiandream
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
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October... well, mostly I don't like it because it really does sound like he's lost his lyrics and just shouts a lot to try and make up for it. It's in my Meh pile of albums I'll never give away but that I never listen to. Maybe one day I'll let it grow on me...
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From:aloneinthelight
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
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i had a good time tonight listening to that album full blast tonight in my room straight through. It's very good but you can feel the band in that uneasy situation they found themselves in with christianity and everything, there is a beautiful subtle strength to the album and a great naive confidence. Tomorrow always brings tears to my eyes
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From:axver
Date:April 28th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
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I don't understand the dislike for October, but then again, my U2 tastes seem to be a little odd, as evidenced by my top six albums:

1. The Unforgettable Fire
2. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
3. The Joshua Tree
4. Boy
5. War
6. October

I've been listening to October a lot lately and it is a sensational album. Besides the obvious classics of Gloria and Tomorrow, Rejoice has that fantastic ringing guitar and LARRY'S AWESOME DRUM SOLO!, I Threw A Brick is a forgotten classic, Scarlet is soft and beautiful ... all of the album is incredible. Grossly under-rated.
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From:hachiemachie
Date:April 28th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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I don't think I've listened to October all the way through since I bought it about ten years ago. In fact, the Boy and October CDs are the only two U2 CDs I have that are nearly in perfect condition. I've had to totally replace The Unforgettable Fire, War, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and Zooropa. Hell, I'm on my third Rattle and Hum CD. Achtung Baby was my first album, when it first came out, so I rushed to buy all the older stuff, but never got into anything before War really. But since I've imported my whole U2 collection to my iPod I've actually listened to Boy all the way through several times and can't believe I hadn't been doing that all along. October is my next quest, I already know that I love "Gloria" especially the live versions. They were so raw and young then. Baby!U2 gives me the fuzzies.
From:restfortheweary
Date:April 28th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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One of my favourite albums, and it warms my heart to see so many who like it. I love the song "October" - it is so simply and hauntingly beautiful. As a Christian, I can relate to a lot of the album, and it has sentimental value for me because a friend of mine who passed away told me it was his favourite. I think it is really underrated as well.
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From:davefilkins
Date:April 28th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
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I find it funny you posted this... I've found myself listening to more of their older songs lately and it just so happens that I'm currently listening to the "October" album a lot. I love the title song, as well as 'Gloria,' 'I threw a brick through a window,' and 'Scarlet.' I just can't get enough of them now...
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:April 28th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
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whoa. Don't listen to what people say about albums! I don't! But then again I'm an outcast when it comes to my favorite albums, I love Pop! I can't believe you went all this time with out listening to it! U2's first 3 albums are quite possibly my favorites. So passionate. I just put on October now because I was thinking so much about it. But yeah, always give music a try before believing what anyone says!
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From:tintaglia30
Date:April 28th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
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Oh gosh, I love that album!! It rocks my socks, I don't think there is a song on it I don't like!
I love the raw passion of it, the harmonics, the melody, the freshness, the melancholy...
I do have to be in the mood for it. I'm very much the type of person that only listens to music that matches her mood...
If I had to pick a fav song, I don't think I could, I Threw a Brick, October, Gloria?!?!?!?
Now, War, not so good (still brill coz it's U2, obviousely, but not one of my faves).
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From:cursedflower
Date:April 28th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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TO be honest with you.. the only ones I remember on it are 'Gloria' and 'October'. I probably know other ones, but I can't even remember what the titles to all of the songs are on that one. Let's see.. October. Gloria.. I Threw A Brick Through A Window.. something about a girl maybe?? See there, I suck. I am a bad, bad U2 fan. I haven't owned October since I bought it on cassette 15 years ago. I just never remember to buy it or something I guess.. :P
From:always_rejoice
Date:April 28th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
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October? My favourite album.

Moreso than even HTDAAB...October FEELS honest.
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From:moydrumm
Date:April 28th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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You are so right.
From:always_rejoice
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
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Really? Thanks!

But yeah...when I listen to October, I feel like I understand life better without really knowing how.

And in "Stranger in a Strange Land"...the lines "and I really don't mind sleeping on the floor, but I couldn't sleep after what I saw. I wrote this letter to tell you the way I feel" always give me the chills.
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From:moydrumm
Date:April 28th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I love it! It is the album I pick out of all those U2 albums to listen to it, everytime. Though, I like Rattle and Hum, The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire, etc. more than October.

I see October as U2's final Boy album; with Boy, U2 wasn't ''mature'' with making albums, because it was their first album. Because U2 wanted to play that style, that ''post-punk'' style or ''New-Wave'', it's the original style of U2, so I see October as THE U2 root album.

Later, at The Joshua Tree era and the next eras, U2 got in touch with other styles, other artists and other producers. Yeah, you can hear some hints for their changing of style in their Unforgettable Fire album, because of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
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From:fiveandfour
Date:April 29th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
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This was actually the album that got me hooked on U2, so I like it quite a bit. In fact, at the Vertigo show I saw recently during the section with the "oldies" I found myself thinking, "I'd be just as content hearing a whole show of songs from Boy to War, I still love those songs so much." It took me quite by surprise to think that, given how much I've loved and adored so many songs that came along post-War. I mean, thank God they kept going after War!

Anyway, it's a bit unfairly slagged on in some ways and I'm glad to see October getting some love here.
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From:stateless
Date:April 29th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
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i love october. always have. i see where they might feel it's weak (and certainly 'is that all?' is filler), but that doesn't stop me from connecting with it.
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From:slfcllednowhere
Date:April 29th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
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October is probably my least-fav U2 album, but with a band like U2, the "least-fav" is still pretty damn good.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 30th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
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I was listening to bits of October earlier, funnily enough... mainly because it's one of the only CDs I actually had in my room at the time (I took a bunch of albums on holiday with me and haven't gotten round to unpacking them yet).

Yeah, it's still by far my least favourite U2 album. There's nothing that I actively *dislike* on it, the songs are fine, but I pretty much never feel like putting it on. The only times I ever listen to it are when I force myself to "give it another chance", or when I'm in such a weird mood that I can't find anything else I particularly feel like listening to. I just always seem to find October so bleak and depressing. Possibly because it's got that vibe of U2 going through a difficult period - not a very cheery thought - plus it's so heavy on the religious stuff, which I'm never that comfortable with. I think the problem with that album, basically, is that I just don't "get it".

Having said all that, Gloria is a great song and the title track is beautiful. And my other favourite tracks would probably be Fire, With A Shout and I Threw A Brick Through A Window.

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