|1. Sunday Bloody Sunday|
|3. New Year's Day|
|4. Like A Song...|
|5. Drowning Man|
|6. The Refugee|
|7. Two Hearts Beat As One|
|8. Red Light|
You might suspect that Jenny cut an imposing figure, but she was actually short, pale, and thin. She did, however, have an alarming affinity for spending her free time cutting and burning herself, hobbies which allowed her to achieve a sinister aura despite her diminutive stature. To avoid harassment from teachers at school, Jenny covered up the damage wrought by knife and flame by regularly donning a studded black leather jacket featuring the word "Siouxsie" etched on the back with what appeared to be white-out. Three musical artists mattered to Jenny - one you can already guess, the other two were Kate Bush and U2. Now, I had little interest Siouxsie and the Banshees or Kate Bush, but U2 seemed a little more compelling. I'd heard "New Year's Day" on the radio and found it utterly entrancing. As much as I disliked Jenny, I had to admit she might be onto something. I discussed this hunch with my friend, Chris, and he seemed to be of like mind. In fact, he went so far as to pick up U2's War and a few weeks later kindly leant it to me.Read more ›
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 ›