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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:24 pm 
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To all U2 fans or heck even non U2 fans. Which of these two iconic U2 albums do you prefer. Yes one could make arguments that The Unforgetable Fire or even War may be musically or artistically superior, but these are the two juggernaut LP's from the Dublin quartet. Even if you think U2 are complete shite feel free to chime in, but please keep it constructive.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:41 pm 
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why not...

of the 2 mentioned, the Joshua tree. 2nd vote to the unforgettable fire.

its all about mood....war, boy, rattle and hum, under a blood red sky live...all have their moments for me.


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Back in the day I'm sure I listened to Achtung more, just because it seemed edgier while the Joshua Tree was overplayed on the radio. Today I'd say The Joshua Tree has probably aged better of the two. I'd still pick War or the Unforgettable Fire as personal favorites first.


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IMHO, Joshua Tree is the more iconic of the two albums. However, Achtung Baby was released during my "formative" years in high school, and has greater significance for me personally.

Back in the day, I had a tape that lived in Dad's Camaro (my primary ride during high school).....that had The Hip - Up to Here recorded on end side and Achtung Baby on the other. To this day, I associate both albums as almost a single entity.....and expect Even Better than the Real Thing to follow Opiated on a playlist.


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Joshua Tree has U2s best songs - but past the first few tracks is a dud to me. Achtung is good all the way through and has really grown on me over the years. I'm much more likely to listen to Achtung these days.


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...I find JT a more cohesive listening experience in its totality...right behind Unforgettable Fire... 8)

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Between the two I'd take Joshua Tree but in the real world give me Rattle & Hum.

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Joshua Tree. One of those rare albums where every single song is a joy to listen to.

As a side note, I still prefer Steve Lillywhite produced first three albums over later produced Eno/Lanois albums. More poetic somehow. Or was it my teenage years?


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Joshua Tree. One of those rare albums where every single song is a joy to listen to.

As a side note, I still prefer Steve Lillywhite produced first three albums over later produced Eno/Lanois albums. More poetic somehow. Or was it my teenage years?


Lillywhite is definitely more "rock n roll"

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Joshua Tree - history will look kindly on this album

And BTW, the live show of them playing it front to back this year was one of the greatest concerts I've ever experienced.


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Joshua Tree was more significant for U2. They became true stadium headliners. Achtung Baby just proved that the Joshua Tree wasn't a fluke. Personally though, Achtung Baby is a better album overall.


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brendelac wrote:
Joshua Tree was more significant for U2. They became true stadium headliners. Achtung Baby just proved that the Joshua Tree wasn't a fluke. Personally though, Achtung Baby is a better album overall.


...for me...Achtung marks the beginning of the slide into the bloated production that marks (mars) U2's "middle period"...another of the tell-tale signs is that the song writing starts to come off as overly contrived...less organic...it's the curse of the 20 Million records sold follow-up syndrome...

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I love the song One but Overall I think The Joshua Tree is the better album


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I'd also have to vote Joshua Tree out of the two. As it's been said, that's the album that really made them superstars. I find the songwriting a bit more engaging as well...though I am also in the camp of saying that out of all their music I probably like Unforgettable Fire best, followed by Boy and War...After JT I pretty much lost interest anyway and moved on :)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:31 pm 
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I grew up with Achtung Baby as my primary exposure to U2 and never really got into Joshua Tree until later.
Not sure I could pick between the 2, both great albums.
As an aside, I really didn't like Zooropa when it first came out, only later seeing it as being WAY ahead of its time


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