| Originally Posted by ricola_pak |
I have never listened to any songs by U2 before until today, when I decided to grab their newest album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Would you U2 fans out there say that this new album captures the "sound" of U2? Is it similar and better than their previous albums?
It would be great if you could give me the names of U2's albums that you think best capture their creativity and sound. Thanks.
Like any group that has been around 20+ years and made many albums thier sound has changed and gone through phases. I don't really like what I hear on newest album other than a couple tracks, but I wasn't expecting much either.
The best U2 for me is easily debut Boy
and follow up October
these have a freshness and vital energy that can only be hinted at in later albums, October is extremely underrated by critics and very similar in style to Boy.
Next 2-3 albums up to Joshua Tree have a few good tracks each but group now getting too intellectual, pretentiouis and often bland uninspired tracks begin to appear. Really you can get the essentail tracks from these albums on Best of 1980-90
and save some money.
Finally Auchtung Baby
is worth getting, a departure in style that shows fresh thinking and actually very effective for the most part, a breath of fresh air as the band was definitely in a creative rut prior to that. Nothing worth owning has been made since then for me.
So here is shopping U2 list I would assemble:
1) U2 best of 1980-1990