Canuck Audio Mart Hifi and Audio ForumCanuck Audio Mart Hifi and Audio Forum
It is currently Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:02 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:24 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:07 pm
Posts: 4523
Location: Welland, ON, CA
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.

_________________
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to get you.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:41 pm 
Online
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 23, 2008 5:04 pm
Posts: 1906
Location: saskatoon, SK, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:45 pm 
Offline
Premium User
User avatar

Joined: Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:54 pm
Posts: 1444
Location: Calgary, AB, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:15 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:05 am
Posts: 1236
Location: Calgary, AB, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:25 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:45 am
Posts: 1149
Location: Burlington, ON, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:57 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:45 pm
Posts: 18117
Location: Peterborough, ON, CA
...I find JT a more cohesive listening experience in its totality...right behind Unforgettable Fire... 8)

_________________
“This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head.”


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:00 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:41 am
Posts: 3989
Location: Ingersoll, ON, CA
Between the two I'd take Joshua Tree but in the real world give me Rattle & Hum.

_________________
He who is like the wind blowing from your pants.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:06 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:08 pm
Posts: 160
Location: Hamilton, ON, CA
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?


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:18 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:45 pm
Posts: 18117
Location: Peterborough, ON, CA
novisad wrote:
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"

_________________
“This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head.”


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:32 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 9:13 pm
Posts: 239
Location: Waterloo, ON, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:15 am 
Offline

Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:49 am
Posts: 106
Location: Kamloops, BC, CA
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.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:38 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:45 pm
Posts: 18117
Location: Peterborough, ON, CA
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...

_________________
“This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head.”


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:44 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:13 pm
Posts: 246
Location: sherwood park, AB, CA
I love the song One but Overall I think The Joshua Tree is the better album


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:12 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:42 am
Posts: 2715
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
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 :)
B

_________________
Without music, life would be a mistake"
Friedrich Nietzsche


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:31 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:02 pm
Posts: 121
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
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


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 27 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: zon001 and 10 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group