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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001F3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
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1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Seconds
3. New Year's Day
4. Like A Song...
5. Drowning Man
6. The Refugee
7. Two Hearts Beat As One
8. Red Light
9. Surrender
10. '40'

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2008 Remastered Two CD set of U2's War. A standard CD and a bonus CD includes B-sides, live tracks and rarities. Also includes a 32-page booklet with previously unseen photos, full lyrics, new liner notes by Niall Stokes, the Hot Press music magazine editor since 1977 and explanatory notes on the bonus material by The Edge. This is the Irish wonders' third album, originally released in 1983. Original 10 tracks including 'New Year's Day', 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'Two Hearts Beat As One' and more. Universal.

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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In addition to the usual assortment of expectations, this album bears two unfair burdens: it came out of what is arguably the most intelligent and consistently creative band in rock history and it must carry the weight of hindsight.
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.
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I've been listening to U2 for nearly ten years now, so it's fun to take a look back and possibly help someone else make the right album purchase.
"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!
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Listening to "War" today is listening to band finding it's voice and identity, maturing and tackling deeper, edgier issues through their music. It's also surprising to realize just how stripped down and raw this material sounds compared to what the band recorded in the 90's when they began experimenting with various different flavors. Their previous album, "October," had been a more harmonious type of work with an almost religious fervor (some call U2 the greatest Christian band ever). "War" is a cry of ideas and frustrations with issues of the day, especially in Ireland (in fact, many of those issues are still burning red hot in the band's native country). And yet, the album transcends the 80's because U2 was talking about war in general and obviously today in 2004 war is a hot topic. The sound of the album is focused and passionate. Bono's words and vocals sound like someone trying to make an expression instead of just trying to sing a tune. The Edge's guitars glide and fly through-out the album, creating an intricate wall of melody. Larry Mullen Jr.'s drumming is sporadic and skillfull and stands out especially in "Sunday Bloody Sunday," a classic U2 anthem that still sounds full of urgency. "Seconds" is catchy and has entertaining word play in the lyrics. One of the stand out tracks remains "New Year's Day," an almost epic venture with an atmospheric piano, soaring vocals and a great rock vibe that makes it timeless. "Like A Song" is full of emotion and raw energy. Obviously some of the material sounds very much from the 80's, "Two Hearts Beat As One," written during Bono's honeymoon, sounds like it couldn't come from any other decade. The closing track, "40," is a wonderfully passive moment with lyrics taken from the Pslams.Read more ›
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