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The final album of U2's early period, before the group broadened its sonic palette and lyrical vision, War is a brilliantly conflicted album, sounding martial and majestic while its very purpose is to tear down false idols propped up by politics. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "40" take the subject of Northern Ireland's troubles head-on, while it's the subtext of "New Year's Day", which is about a sundered love relationship symbolic of a greater division. "Torn in two, we can be one," Bono pleads, as Edge's guitar scratches and snarls behind him. Songs such as "Two Hearts Beat as One" and the delicate "Drowning Man" take a back seat here, but they help make War a compelling and well-rounded album. --Daniel Durchholz
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When it first came out 20 years ago (yes, it's been that long!) it struck the musical scene like a bolt of incandescent lightning. It wasn't just the anger or the political activism, but the fact that there was actually a level of extraordinary significance to the music. This wasn't just some nihilistic self-indulgent plaint (Prog), or some anarchistic primal scream (Punk). It was four young men filled with righteous anger, but who chose to express that anger intelligently, thoughtfully and even compassionately. This expression was wrapped up in a talent that borders on the transcendent.
Let's remember how old the boys were when they created this little gem. A few years out of their teens, still filled with piss and vinegar, with their fists up and ready to set the world back on its ear. Most guys that age can't get beyond indignation over the high cost of their car insurance. These guys tackled sectarian hate, xenophobia, refugees and spirituality.
Today, this album may seem somewhat naïve, but that is due to the distortion of hindsight. It's not fair comparing this album to genre defining masterpieces like The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Those were more mature works simply because they were written with the benefit of more years. Had the band not subsequently produced such definitive works, where would we place this album? Right up there among the greats.
The songs on this album have been the staple of classic rock anthologies for years.Read more ›
"War" is an album which takes U2's anger at the fighting in their homeland of Ireland and turns it into music. It's quite good if you're in the mood for some edgy rock! This album, particularly "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", is mostly very serious. If you're not the kind of person who likes really hard, serious rock, and you don't already know much U2, you might not warm up to this very quickly. Any other U2 album will be a lot easier on you if you're a beginner. If you're a huge fan, though, get it anyhow. It's a must-listen for a U2 buff, no matter what! Also, if you even like any rock music at all, you're sure to find a few tracks you like even if you don't like the whole album. I can't imagine anyone not liking at least two or three songs!
If you ever see U2 labelled as "Christian Rock", it's because of some of the material on this album. Rest assured all you non-Christians, that is a misrepresentation and a misunderstanding of the material. The religious overtones of this album come from the nature of the conflicts that U2 are singing about here. The bombings in Ireland that made U2 so angry were all because of religious fighting. The song "40" is actually just a psalm, I think. From Psalm 40! If you want more information on this stuff you can simply do a search for something like: Ireland bombings. You're sure to get all kinds of information on it. There's nothing to be afraid of here with regard to lyrics. It's all very relevant to things which continue to go on in the world today; one of U2's strong points has always been the ability of their music to remain relevant well beyond the date of it!Read more ›
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The hits/classics are here. You can sense the urgency in the song titles and lyrics of a band ready to break through. In my opinion, there is too much filler here. Read morePublished on April 19 2013 by Sir Steven
I have very fond memories of this disc (and the concert accompanying this tour); it captures a particular youthful energy (anger, idealism, etc) that is compelling, disarming, and... Read morePublished on May 29 2008 by B. Keith
Passionate, angry, political and lyrical, this is U2 at their youthful best. Before they became overly wrapped up in their image as "pop" stars, U2 was a great, great... Read morePublished on April 3 2005 by Keith Solomon
U2's first two albums were both very good records in their own right, while similtaniously showing vast potential for something greater. Read morePublished on June 22 2004
U2 never topped this incomparable classic. On every track, they showed their talent and musical genius. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Melting_Pot
I was 18 when this album came out and I can still remember seeing the video for New Year's Day when it hit MTV (back when they showed mostly videos... imagine that!). Read morePublished on April 6 2004
This third album from U2 is a great improvement over their first two albums which sounded very raw and rather dry in their production. Read morePublished on March 6 2004
I wish I could write a review as beautiful and poignant as this record is, but I'm afraid I can't. "War" is a transcendent album, one whose gorgeous aesthetic is not... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Sierra Wilson
Following the crush of "The Joshua Tree," the ZooTV era and "All That You Can't Leave Behind," this album from U2's so-called early period rocks out, proving... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by Daniel A. Marsh