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March 21st, 2003

Just for fun (im no good at polls) @ 12:36 pm

Just wondering what you guys think who really shines on which album? Here are my picks:
Bono- He really comes through on Joshua Tree. At this point, his lyrics were peaking and was being recognized as a songwriter up with the likes of Michael Stipe, Lou Reed and dare I say, Dylan?

Edge- My fav album where he takes guitar playing to a new level is Zooropa. I know this is very much debatable but as for what I like in Guitar, this really does it for me, besides he got to do Numb, and before that, it was only Van Diemens land and Seconds

Adam- He really shines on Unforgettable Fire. I love his Thundering Bass lines on that album. My fav Bass line is Indian Summer Sky. I can listen to that over and over

Larry- I would have to say Boy as well as the independant projects (like passengers) In Boy you can really tell the degree of experimentation in his drumming that is awesome and is just like an unpolished diamond at that point. Also my fav. drum line is in Stateless. Just brilliant

How about you guys? Remember Albums not songs but do feel free to give props to your fav. songs also
i.e. Larry gets Boy but who can forget Sunday Bloody Sunday?
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Date:March 21st, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC)
I'll actually answer this later, but regarding your comment on Joshua Tree... As you can see from my icon I adore Michael Stipe, but lyrically, I think he and Bono occupy two completely different spheres. And since they were both breaking in a big way at the same time (U2 with Joshua Tree, R.E.M. with Document), I don't think you can really say Bono was being recognised 'with the likes of' Michael Stipe.
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Date:March 21st, 2003 12:55 pm (UTC)
Agreed... you know when you have a big brainstorm and you draw a complete blank even though everything is in your head at the same time? Stipe was just what came up at the time was just trying to convey the idea....:-)
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Date:March 21st, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
How 'bout Lennon? Because, you know, if you're going to mention Dylan, Lennon's not a stretch.
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Date:March 21st, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)

a very interesting post! :) hmmm...let me think about this one..my fave album by U2* is The Unforgettable Fire so I am biased in so many ways..:) Most people don't understand why that is my fave album by them its simply that era I love..even though all the albums kick ass this one stands out the most to me. I call it my "healing" album..especially the song Bad.
On that note..

Bono-A mix between The Unforgettable Fire and All that you can't Leave Behind...there are songs on these albums that have so much passion that he sings..sigh..sometimes I wanna cry. Example...songs: 'Bad' and 'Kite'

The Edge-of course his "break through" point was The Joshua Tree when fans started to really see what he was made of..certain songs off of Achtung Baby really sparked and of course on Zooropa it really tested his limits..and he has none. :) He is by far a guitar god!

Adam-One of my fave songs that has an absolute powerful bass line is 'New Years Day'..very powerful indeed! I remember listening to this song and forgetting about all the rest just listening to the bass..it is nice to pay attention to little details like that. Also, 'Heartland' rocks by far on bass! :) I am not sure on which album he stands out in mostly..

Larry-hmmm...I would have to say Boy as well..:) Of course who can forget 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'..;)
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Date:March 21st, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC)
Bono: I love him on October. His voice is almost surreal, I think mostly due to the fact that he was making up lyrics on the spot. [Honorable Mentions: Electrical Storm, Out Of Control, Bad]

Edge: The guitar work on Unforgettable Fire is incredible. It has that otherworldly quality that isn't on any other album. [Honorable Mentions: The Fly, Electric Co, Kite]

Adam: Is absolutely at his best on Pop. As U2 basslines go, Pop has the best ones (Please, IYWTVD, Mofo) and you can tell Adam is really enjoying himself. [Honorable Mentions: Two Hearts Beat As One, Electric Co, The Fly]

Larry: The drumming on War knocks me over every single time I listen to it. SBS aside (which of course is fantastic), songs like The Refugee and Red Light (which don't get enough attention as it is) are made just that much better by Larry's powerful drumwork. [Honorable Mentions: WTSHNN, Please, Zoo Station]
Date:March 21st, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
larry definitely owns War.
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Date:March 21st, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Drumming in Sunday Bloody Sunday is spectacular. Actually there is no words to describe Larry's performance, it's just so, so...undescribible
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Date:March 21st, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
michael stipe? bleh
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Date:March 21st, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
I had a reply to this all mapped out. Then I thought about it, and realised I couldn't honestly put it down, since every member shines on at least three or four albums for different reasons. I think it's to their credit that U2 have never really made an album where you could easily say, "That's it boys. You've all done your best work, can never be topped, go home." They have evolved in so many ways that it's nearly impossible to pinpoint what is "best" because they are all valuable in different spheres. I guess that's what happens when you occupy so many different genres and tones of music at once.

So. Were I to pick there top few albums:
*Joshua Tree: Lyrically, this album just blows me away. He's still got the raw power in his voice from his early twenties, but he's learning how to control it.
*Zooropa: His voice takes on so many different shapes here that it's impossible to discount. Lemon, Zooropa, Stay, The First Time. Can't leave it out.
*Pop: Another great album for the lyrics. Please is absolutely fantastic, and though you can here the strain on his voice, there are some great moments here. IYWTVD &c.
*ATYCLB: Vocal album. The amount of control he's managed to get out of his voice is amazing, coupled with his ability to take on different styles (Stuck, NY, In a Little While &c.) get it a place on the list.

Boy- Listen! Listen to the pretty chime-i-ness
ATYCLB- I love the simplicity of Kite, how laid back many of the tracks are. And then, of course, you get hit with NY.
ABaby- Love is Blindness and Acrobat secure this one.
JTree- WTSHNN. Enough said.
[Honourable mention: AIWIY]

Pop- This was his album. No doubt about it.
Jtree- Exit, WOWY &c.
[Honourable mention- Grace]

Rattle & Hum- I love God pt. 2, the beats on Desire
Boy: It's just so good. Fresh.
War: Sunday Bloody Sunday is enough to clinch this for him, but the drumming just brings another level to the album.
[Honourable mention: Please]
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Date:March 21st, 2003 10:04 pm (UTC)
first off - excellent post! making me really think...

first thing that comes to mind: Larry on War. "Refugee" - need I say more? The drums on that track kill me. And, of course, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and I love the beat of "2HBA1." So for Larry, War all the way.

Edge - my first instinct is to say Achtung. Yes, I think that's my choice. Standout tracks: EBTTRT (that opening!), UTEOTW, Acrobat, Love is Blindness - wow, um just about track on Achtung is a stand out for Edge.

Adam - this is a toughie... When I think of Adam's playing, I think more in terms of songs than albums... But I think I shall jump on the bandwagon and say Pop -- the deciding factor for me is "DYFL" - such a sexy song, such a sexy bass line.

And last but certainly not least...Bono.
I can never choose just one when it comes to any of these questions about Bono. So I'll go for a standout vocal performance, and also a stand out lyrical performace...
Lyrical: Pop. Now I know there will be naysayers... But to me, Pop is his most revealing work. [Of course, honorable mention must be awarded to JT because no one can deny that the lyrics are beyond outstanding and to Achtung because the lyrics are just so poetic]
Vocal: This is a tough decision. I think I'm stuck between ATYCLB and Zooropa. Bono covers unbelievable vocal territory on Zooropa, and on ATYCLB, this ease with which he sings...it's just beautiful [Note: if this were only about songs - I'd say "Bad"..it just can't be beat]

that was fun!
(Interesting how quite a few similarities are occuring between us...)

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