U2
The Joshua Tree


2.5
average

Review

by KILL USER (57 Reviews)
March 4th, 2012 | 97 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: word of the day: dull

In the early days U2 were a post-punk band who made music that was catchy and lifted your spirit and made your bird stand on end, i mean they were never anything brilliant but at least they were FUN. They carried on rockin right up to The Unforgettable Fire where they decided to become a much more boring band, but there was still hope. The Joshua Tree is where U2 really strived for complete and utter fuckin dullness. The album starts strong with 3 good ass U2 tracks, the first titled Xanadu starts with a nice atmospheric intro and then proceeds into a repetitive guitar riff with reverb to make it sound epic and *** and it really does work. All is well until the vocals enter. Bonios is dull as diltch, his vocals are lifeless and sleep inducing but its not all bad, the production is spot on and the chorus is really good but other than that, neck. Next up is I Still Havent Found What I'm Looking For, which is a more upbeat track and easily one of the best, the vocals have more life and the bass line kicks your ass, a fun simple rocker. With or Without you is a hard one to judge as its again a well made song but it just misses something, its like they probably made it and thought *** yes we have made the best song ever and on the surface it may look that way but when you actually listen to it without any distractions it just misses the mark, again..its ***ing dull. The next song titled Whole Lotta Love is a step down in quality, but make the most of this song as it at least has some redeeming features, the drive of the song is cool and the sliding wall of sound guitar fits really well but Bonio is once again, boring. After this track the whole album takes a completely nose dive into a never ending void of dullness. Lyrically its the whole political blah blah shut your boat Bonio. If the quality of the first 3 tracks could be sustained throughout the entire album it would at least be an album you could leave on in the background while your changing your bed sheets, instead we get a pile of monotonous, tedious, uninteresting, dreary, unexciting, mind numbingly lifeless piece of fluff that is, The Joshua Tree.

While this isnt a bad album by any means, it lacks the energy of the bands earlier outputs, this is a dull and lifeless record which starts off ok and ends in complete and utter ***, oh and Bono is a massive cunt. I recommend this to people who like Coldplay and drive Volvos.



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KILL
March 4th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I WILL FOLLOW

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porch
March 4th 2012


8460 Comments


agreed

KILL
March 4th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sup bro its gonna get ugly

ThroneOfAgony
March 4th 2012


3485 Comments


    

TheNotrap
March 4th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You underrate this bro.



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KILL
March 4th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

LIKE A SONG I HOPE TO SING

I SING IT FOR YOU

Gyromania
March 4th 2012


15791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not a U2 enthusiast, but I really do like this album.

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Alucard125
March 4th 2012


534 Comments


Last sentence made me laugh. Never liked this album either.

KILL
March 4th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gyro have you heard their early shit? much more interesting i reckon

Gyromania
March 4th 2012


15791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Of their earlier albums this is the only one I've heard. I'm less than impressed with their later stuff (although How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb has some decent cuts).

Midjicka
March 4th 2012


232 Comments


pos. just cuz I don't get why people like this band so much

NightProwler
March 4th 2012


6368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Couldn't help but lol - but come on, this is a beautiful record. That being said, I have not heard their earlier stuff (except that off best of 1980-1990).

The Joshua Tree is awesome, fact.

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Ponton
Emeritus
March 4th 2012


5793 Comments


its like people are commenting in a different language

Cipieron
March 4th 2012


3508 Comments


shit band

Ponton
Emeritus
March 4th 2012


5793 Comments


1 John 3:1: See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.



tarkus
March 4th 2012


5560 Comments


this rules but i mean boy and war and all those other albums before this are better

except maybe like october that one was a little boring

luschlotz
March 4th 2012


993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Although I agree with your rating, your review seemed like an angry rant. Achtung Baby rocks

CelestialDust
March 4th 2012


3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well hey, welcome back observer

KILL
March 4th 2012


71856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

how is it a rant i'm sayin its fuckin dulllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2012


23848 Comments


U2 fucking sucks

but this album has some good songs.

good review though, neggers be mad



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