U2
The Joshua Tree


5.0
classic

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 118 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


The Joshua Tree is considered by many, including myself to be U2's masterpiece, surpassing even War and Achtung Baby. There are some of U2's most brilliant tracks on this record, and I think it is an essential album, for nearly anyone. The messages on this album are very direct and personal, which I consider to be a good thing.

Where The Streets Have No Name- This song is my all time favourite track from U2. The synth and picked guitar notes at the beginning continue to give chills, even though I have been listening to the song for over 2 years. The lyrics are also great, they are about the third world stuff in Ethiopia. This song is truly one of the greatest acheivements of mankind (well it's close anyway) 5.5/5

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For- This is a great song, but I do find it a bit overrated. Great riff and lyrics, but U2 have definately done better. But as I said, Great song. 4/5

With Or Without You- This is another brilliant U2 track. I have no problem saying that it is one of the best songs I have ever heard. There is a very catchy line in the form of "You give yourself away". Great Bass line in here too. There is a part in the song where Bono starts wailing, which is the peak of the song. Very good indeed. The Edge does some great licks in this song. 5/5

Bullet The Blue Sky- A darker number, it was covered by Sepultura, i beleive. A great song with some good riffs. Nothing much else to say about it. 4/5

Running To Stand Still- A great song, mostly on piano with a few effects in the background. The song sounds great and fits into the album well. Not a masterpiece, but a very solid song. 4/5

Red Hill Mining Town- Some good riffs here, and a very catchy chorus. The lyrics here are also top class. One of the finest hours of the album in my opinion. 5/5

In God's Country- The intro riff to this song reflects "Where The Streets Have No Name". This is a great song with a good feel to it. The Edge's guitar work is great here and definaty worth a mention. 4/5

Trip Through Your Wires- This song has more of a bluesy feel to it, and features a harmonica. I think that this is one fo the lower parts of the album, but still a decent song, no need to press the skip button. 3/5

One Tree Hill- Great song again, still no "Where The Streets Have No Name" but and excellent number nonetheless. Great licks from the Edge again, and nice relaxing vocals from Bono. 4/5

Exit- Bono starts the track by singing solo. His "out of tune" signature becomes apparent here. The song then morphs into a great number with great drumming, guitar licks and a pounding bass line. The bass finishes the song off. This is one of The Joshua Tree's finest moments. 5/5

Mothers Of The Dissapeared- A slower number for the album closer. Great song with lots of synth sounds and acoustic guitars. The song has a very lullaby feel to it. Great stuff. 5/5

Overall, this album gets a 5/5. One of the greatest albums ever I'd say. If you buy this disc, you won't be dissapointed.



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sting-ray
February 7th 2004


92 Comments


its a great album. A keeper for any rock listener. I think it is worth a 5.

Distorted Vision
February 7th 2004


184 Comments


It's a good album, my favourite from U2, but I don't listen to it nearly as much as it deserves.

ZEROthirtythree
February 7th 2004


234 Comments


I love Joshua Tree

thetippler
February 7th 2004


6 Comments


Thanks for the review br3ad! I just bought the album and I'd have to agree that its their best album.
To:Zerothirtythree: What is your avatar supposed to be? Its kinda creepy.

YDload
February 7th 2004


1207 Comments


My mom loves this album; she keeps the cassette in her SUV!

ZEROthirtythree
February 7th 2004


234 Comments


[QUOTE=thetippler]To:Zerothirtythree: What is your avatar supposed to be? Its kinda creepy.[/QUOTE]

it is a "bullet with butterfly wings" video segment. Its Billy sitting on a chair.

Hey Mr. Light Man
February 7th 2004


51 Comments


FINALLY, someone reveiws this. Good reveiw, great album. :thumb:

radiomachine
June 22nd 2004


1 Comments


I really like Trip Through Your Wires, but hey, good review.

Badmoon
June 22nd 2004


384 Comments


This album has been at the top of my (CD's to buy") list for months, and I have never gotten around to buying it.


Good review :thumb:

Scythe404
June 22nd 2004


43 Comments


Crap! I just found this album in my parents old vinyl collection and was gonna review it as soon as i got a record player.
:upset:

Good review anyway.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 22nd 2004


2125 Comments


You could still do it...

Looking back, this probably wasn't my best review, I didn't go into much detail, but I guess it was ok since it was the third one I ever wrote.

EddieVanHalen007
November 14th 2004


26 Comments


The best album of 1987.

CommieCanada
November 15th 2004


68 Comments


one of the best albums in the history of music

Iai
Emeritus
November 15th 2004


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=EddieVanHalen007]The best album of 1987.[/QUOTE]
Prince, anyone? Or Public Enemy?

Never liked this album as much as Achtung Baby.

Welcometothezoo
November 15th 2004


36 Comments


what!? "nothing much else to say" about bullet the blue sky!? come on, there's intriguing backbone to alot of these songs, in writing BTBS, Bono tells Edge to put 'El Salvador through your guitar' - great rock quote. Running to Stand Still deserves far better praise, it's a wonderful song, with special moments.
Thanks for reviewing it though - favourite album ever.

spb
December 13th 2004


2 Comments


[QUOTE=EddieVanHalen007]The best album of 1987.[/QUOTE]


more like best album of all time

The Ashtray Girl
December 13th 2004


108 Comments


Talk about strong opening three tracks... absolutely mind-boggling.

Illmatic
December 13th 2004


38 Comments


[QUOTE=spb]more like best album of all time[/QUOTE]

Not even U2's best album (I always liked War better)

morrissey
Moderator
December 13th 2004


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[QUOTE=spb]more like best album of all time[/QUOTE]

though you may be slightly biased

thickasabrick
December 13th 2004


14 Comments


this album is the reason '87 is the best year of the eighties. i would still buy this cd if it only had the first three songs on it, not that i'm implying the other songs aren't good.



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