U2
The Joshua Tree


5.0
classic

Review

by PTECK USER (37 Reviews)
August 28th, 2006 | 211 replies | 28,065 views


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


15 of 15 thought this review was well written

Does anyone dare make a list of the greatest albums of the past 25 years? If you do, you’ll either put this in the top ten or not mention it at all. It depends on whether you love U2 or hate them. It’s hard to be a big music fan and not have an extreme opinion on this band. We all know about Bono. Arrogant prick to some, arrogant prick who has done a lot for the welfare of the earth to others. You can’t deny it. You also can’t deny that this album had one seriously huge impact on pop music, propelling U2 from a good band to one of the greatest on earth.

If you bought this on vinyl back in the day, chances are you listened to the first side twice as much as the second. The three enormous hit singles that this album produced are tracks 1, 2, and 3. Where The Streets Have No Name is arguably the best song U2 ever made, and that’s one heck of a hard argument to make. The beginning of the song is Brian Eno playing an organ, and he plays it well. The Edge starts riffing on guitar followed by the rhythm section. This song has what every anthem needs, a lengthy, powerful intro. Bono’s lyrics are 100% genius. “I want to run/I want to hide/I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside.” The song was written about one of his first trips to Africa. He went there and witnessed all the poor people starving and knew that he and his money needed to do something about it. This was his response, and you must love it.

U2’s two biggest hits are next. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking for is what most people consider overrated. I can’t say that, because it’s one of my favorite songs ever. The only reason I started liking U2, other than being hooked by Vertigo, was seeing them perform this at their Hall Of Fame induction with Bruce Springsteen. I looked through my dad’s cd collection and discovered this album. The whole beat to this song is incredible. Adam Clayton is really a great bassist. The lyrics are very spiritual. It’s about how Bono wishes he could be with God but can’t, because he isn’t dead. With Or Without You, the band’s biggest hit, is a beautiful song that I’ll admit I’ve grown a little sick of. The pounding bass and squealing guitar is very recognizable. The ending is the best, with Bono’s voice taking center stage.

Other than these classics, there were quite a few tracks that went overlooked. One Tree Hill was written as a tribute to a friend of the band who died on Bono’s motorcycle while running errands for the band. Recorded, performed at his funeral, and never touched again was this song. The guitar picking is wonderful. It sounds like a happy song at the beginning but turns into a painful song about loss. Running To Stand Still is another wonderful slow song. The Edge plays piano here, and does a great job. The song is about a heroin user, something the band has written about before. “She will suffer the needle’s chill/She’s running to stand still.” The harmonica solo at the end is perfect. Red Hill Mining Town is another one of my favorites. The start and stop bass creates a cool rhythm. The chorus is spectacular is one of the catchiest things this band is capable of. “I’m hanging on/You’re all that’s left to hold on to.” And then of course, there’s Bullet The Blue Sky. I recently discovered that P.O.D. covered this. That made me laugh. Mullen’s drumming is very heavy. Bono talks instead of singing, except for the awesome chorus. This is probably the Edge’s highlight on the album. The ringing echoed guitar playing is incredible. There’s also the catchy In God’s Country, another Edge showcase.

All throughout this album you sense a lot of darkness. Or at least I do. The last two songs are the best examples. Exit begins with deep, fast bass line that sets the tone for the rest of the song. Bono sings very quietly, almost inaudible. Once the Edge comes in the song goes nuts. Larry is constantly crashing the cymbals, making this song almost metallic. Mother’s Of The Disappeared is another dark slow song. Bono quietly protests about who-knows-what as the song seems to fade away for 5 minutes. Somehow, it’s still great.

If you like U2, your life is not complete without this. I recommend to anyone, even if you hate this band you’ll still like this album. In my opinion this is the best album of the 80’s.

Ratings

Where The Streets Have No Name 5.1/5
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For 5/5
With Or Without You 4.5/5
Bullet The Blue Sky 4.7/5
Running To Stand Still 5/5
Red Hill Mining Town 5/5
In God’s Country 4.4/5
Trip Through Your Wires 3/5
One Tree Hill 5/5
Exit 5/5
Mothers Of The Disappeared 4.2/5

Album: 5/5



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Patrick
August 28th 2006



1891 Comments


I've been in a U2 mood lately...


Whoa, that's my tenth review this month. I guess that's what the end of summer does to ya.This Message Edited On 08.28.06

The Door Mouse
August 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review. short reviews are awsome as long as they describe it good.
u2 has been very popular latley

Ephemeral
August 28th 2006



144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite album by them. To be honest, I mainly hate all of their other work, but this album is really good.

The Door Mouse
August 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how do u hate achtung baby and all that you cant

JohnXDoesn't
August 28th 2006



1247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review, Patrick. I like the length and the descriptions you use. i like this album a lot. its so monumental it's hard for me to get perspective on it sometimes. my favorite U2 album? doubt it. thier best? hard to say. but it's damn good, that's for sure.

Patrick
August 28th 2006



1891 Comments


why didnt you rate it jxd?

Oddsen
August 28th 2006



1127 Comments


I can never understand whats so good about where the streets have no name and this album in general but still good review.

Patrick
August 28th 2006



1891 Comments


please pos people. i think my review was better than bread man's. no offense bread man.

Storm In A Teacup
August 28th 2006



12688 Comments


Classic? Yes.

The Door Mouse
August 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you cant really compare to br3ads because he did a tbt but by all means this was a great review

JohnXDoesn't
August 28th 2006



1247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

why didnt you rate it jxd?

haven't listened to it straight through for awhile so i'm unsure about my rating for it. i know it a definite 4. but i'm torn between a 4 and 4.5. i'm sure i'll get around to it one day.

Patrick
August 28th 2006



1891 Comments


wow i never put that much thought into rating albums.

I_am_the_balls
August 28th 2006



3 Comments


You are improving, mufasason. Good review.

pulseczar
August 28th 2006



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is overrated to the max. Pretty good review, I think what was missing was more analysing of the album overall.

The Door Mouse
August 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=I_am_the_balls]You are improving, mufasason. Good review.[/quote]

no offense but who are u

Patrick
August 28th 2006



1891 Comments


he is the balls

The Door Mouse
August 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh ya!!

Dragon_Prince
August 29th 2006



272 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is one of the best albums, Where The Streets Have No Name is easily U2's greatest song and always gives me the chills. It was great live.

Welcometothezoo
September 29th 2006



36 Comments


My favourite album. I've thought about this album a million times over and I always conclude to myself that its the cinematic character that truly captures it if your a massive fan of this album. Bono says the album is almost simultaneously grief-stricken and ecstatic; i think that's true because the singing and guitar sound is of high register, but at the same time the subject matter is of broken relationships, faith stuggles (yawn), death, redundancy and even dark depictions of homocide. This all comes together in a cinematic depiction of the desert and the joshua tree itself.

grungeguy88
October 29th 2006



788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Superb album. Perhaps the best album from a great band



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