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Produced by Steve Lillywhite
Long a favorite of U2's original core following, October not only avoids the sophomore slump, but adds an edgy, emotional resonance to the buoyant self-confidence they showed on their debut, Boy. Though producer Steve Lillywhite deserves mention for helping effectively frame the material with production that manages to be both stark and atmospherically murky, this is the music where Bono, Edge, and company first show the potential that would make them superstars. Lacking the sometimes ham-fisted polemics that would mar War, The Joshua Tree, and later works, October has an oft-tortured sense of emotional and philosophical ambivalence that only underscores concerns that range from the crypto-spiritualist yearnings of "Gloria" and "Rejoice" to more anxious moments like "I Fall Down," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "Fire." In retrospect, they may have peaked early. --Jerry McCulley
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And this wasn't the only challenge they faced with this record. There was also the fact that Bono's lyrics were stolen, and he had to re-write them all, which is impressive when you do read the lyrics that made it to the album. Highlights include the opener, 'Gloria', 'I Fall Down', 'Fire', 'Rejoice', the title track 'October', 'Tomorrow', and 'Scarlet'. This album did not find the commercial success of 'Boy', and as a result is one of the most underrated records U2 has ever put out, but I think musically it was better then its predecessor, and, like its predecessor, was indicitive of the potential this band had. It acted as a kind of segue between 'Boy' and 'War', the album in which U2 truly arrived, and that potential became reality.
Right, October. An album way ahead of its time with songs that have stood the test of time (except Fire which I think is really Adam and the Ants in disguise).
Gloria - classic U2 with all the stadium ingredients
Rejoice - you cant beat that riff and that power
October - a song so easy to play on the piano but hauntingly beautiful,
Tomorrow - probably the best track on the album. I have a copy of this live and there is a guest musician playing the irish instrument (cant remember the name of it - I think you blow it!!! cheers) and its as good live as it is in the studio.
Stranger In A Strange Land - not sure if he's dissing the English Army (maybe thats my ignorance) but its still a great power riff.
Scarlet - I dont think they needed Eno in later years, the proof is all here where they were heading for Unforgettable Fire.
Is That All - maybe a throwaway song with raw lyrics done before the studio lights went out for the night, but it gave birth to Cry which would later be used on Electric Co.
I would say this was a great natural progression from Boy. Its rawer in its execution but far more mature in its overall delivery. A step in the right direction.Read more ›
The best track here is without a doubt "Gloria," though "I Threw a Brick Through a Window" kicks a-- as well.
This is the sound of a young band still trying to find their voice and their way in the world. I do not prefer "October" over U2's later work; this is the sort of band producing the kind of canon in which each phase of the music deserves to be listened to and appreciated on its own. People dis "Pop" and "Zooropa," but look, if U2 had continued to produce albums that sounded exactly like "October" for 20 years, well, they would have gone the way of A Flock of Seagulls.
And that's saying much indeed - considering the fact that the original tapes for this LP were stolen from the band - and the resultant sound quality is less than stellar. But what of it? With songs this good, it's a trifle that the listener scarcely notices.
Sadly, no ensuing U2 LP ever reached the same heights as did "Boy" (the band's inaugural effort) and "October." Yes, "War" was excellent (especially "New Year's Day"), but the 1983 effort didn't quite live up to its predecessor. In the 21st century, U2 bears little resemblance to the passionate, messianic offerings of its youth.Read more ›
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Often overlooked, October is one of my favourite U2 albums. Gloria, Fire and I Threw a Brick Through a Window are standouts but the whole album rocks. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Derek G St John
A couple of years ago i knew u2 existed. I hadnt really gotten into their albums because most of the songs i had heard on the radio when i used to listen to it were a little... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Alexander Reeser
"Gloria" was the first U2 song I heard.
"October" was U2 and is still their best recording!
And, "Gloria" is still their finest song!
I'm a geek I love Science fiction and horror movies and I listen to The Cure and Sarah Mclachlan and the old Jewel Stuff and I love 80s music like Simple Minds and The Police and... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Michael
This album doesn't get enough credit. I personaly find this to be U2's greatest album (Yes! even over Joshua Tree...gasp!). U2 just sound so inspired on this album. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by SKOLVK
Like many others of my age, this was the album that made me a U2 fan. I was a highschool student when this album first came out and I remember thinking that this was some of the... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by B. Poelman
The mere fact that you're looking at U2's October is sufficient to conclude that you owe it to yourself to buy this album. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by Aaron Blight
This is the first U2 album that I ever owned, as I purchased it on vinyl back when it came out, and the sense of passion and urgency in the lyrics as well as the distinctive guitar... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Kindle Customer