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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #540 on: June 07, 2017, 02:04:10 PM »
Made an graphic in courier font, don't know if it will be visible for every one. (If you can't see, but you're interested, copy the message and paste it in notepad.) Remember: there is no such thing as a bad U2-album. But some I do not like very much :)

The scoring is based on the following things:
* Times played;
* My feelings during the album;
* The layers of sound;
* Musically complexity;
* The tour.


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* In my opinion the band was fine during the '80s. If I had to rank Boy, War, and Joshua. It would be (least to best) W-B-J.
* De band was as greatest in the '90s. Those albums could be as tight as B, W and J. But I had to make choises because the graph would be enormous otherwise.
* In the '00s it goes downwards. No Line On The Horizon could be 'a light on the horizon'.
* The '10s can be very interesting this way. SOI is a very good peace of work, I almost gave it a '#' more. It has more in it than the critism says. I have high expectations of SOE. While The Best Thing and The Little Things are not the sound which I want on SOE. As stand alones they're fine. My hope is based on the video's on Instagram and Fender. I hope the '10s will be as the '90s and maybe top it!

It's hard to see on the phone. Every album has the following points:
B: 9
O: 6
W: 9
U: 7
J: 9
R: 5
A: 10
Z: 11
O: 9
P: 12
A: 5
H: 3
N: 7
S: 9


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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #541 on: June 07, 2017, 05:52:53 PM »
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I see that my personal ranking is fairly atypical compared to the general perception here

Greatest
Pop
ATYCLB
Achtung Baby

Superb
Zooropa
HTDAAB
TJT
TUF
Boy

Good
October
Rattle And Hum
War

Dreadful
Songs of Innocence
No Line On The Horizon
What i find interesting, sort of atypical, isnt any one album, because we all have different preferences, but its that you have Pop with ATYCLB. Generally fans are divided as to whether 21st century U2 has gone in the right direction, and to have those 2 together brings together 2 thoughts of mind as to what makes U2 great that many people have trouble reconciling
I know it seems strange, but the explanation is that ATYCLB and especially Beautiful Day are the reason I became a fan.
They were the first things I heard back in the day and many of those songs still resonate with me very deeply 'cause they brought me comfort during some harsh times.
Contrarily to the common opinion in here, I think it's a brilliant album with lots of great textures and sounds.
"Pop music" isn't always the enemy to me.
Agreed. That is one of my fundamental differences with the 90's die hards. Also, when i think Pop music i think Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, etc. I think U2's 21st century work is more simple, more heartfelt, emotional, and comes across as more "commercial" but is completely in a different vein then pop music.


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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #542 on: June 07, 2017, 06:55:52 PM »
Can someone explain their love of ATYCLB for me. Beautiful Day is a top 5 U2 song for me but after that it falls away really quickly. Elevation is ok but rubbish lyrics and just a bit of fun kind of like Party Girl, Walk On is ok, Kite is ok, When I Like at the World ok but that's about it. Wild Honey is one of U2's worst ever songs, Grace is terrible and the rest kind of meh.

What I would say about the album is that it put U2 back on more casual fan's radar as a lot of people got lost with Zooropa and Pop. Especially when many people focus hugely on the first single. When I first heard Numb it was like what on earth is that (in a bad way), Discotheque just got people confused, whereas Beautiful Day was like wow, this is terrific, I remember these guys, they're good again (this is my view of how non hardcore fans would have seen U2 throughout all that).

So, whilst I think Beautiful Day is awesome and was hugely important in getting U2 back into the mainstream, the album as a whole is bottom 4 top stuff to me. And I am not a pure 90s lover, I actually like Bomb and No Line.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #543 on: June 07, 2017, 07:28:31 PM »
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Can someone explain their love of ATYCLB for me. Beautiful Day is a top 5 U2 song for me but after that it falls away really quickly. Elevation is ok but rubbish lyrics and just a bit of fun kind of like Party Girl, Walk On is ok, Kite is ok, When I Like at the World ok but that's about it. Wild Honey is one of U2's worst ever songs, Grace is terrible and the rest kind of meh.

What I would say about the album is that it put U2 back on more casual fan's radar as a lot of people got lost with Zooropa and Pop. Especially when many people focus hugely on the first single. When I first heard Numb it was like what on earth is that (in a bad way), Discotheque just got people confused, whereas Beautiful Day was like wow, this is terrific, I remember these guys, they're good again (this is my view of how non hardcore fans would have seen U2 throughout all that).

So, whilst I think Beautiful Day is awesome and was hugely important in getting U2 back into the mainstream, the album as a whole is bottom 4 top stuff to me. And I am not a pure 90s lover, I actually like Bomb and No Line.
You're beating a dead horse as the subject of ATYCLB's value has been "discussed" again and again here at least a thousand times... Very often ending with users fighting and biting their heads off. So I'd prefer to avoid the subject.

I think it's a great album, with its flaws and its peaks, and I hold it close to my heart. Many others don't agree. To each their own.
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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #544 on: June 07, 2017, 09:02:51 PM »
1) The Unforgettable Fire
2) Achtung Baby
3) Rattle & Hum
4) Zooropa
5) The Joshua Tree
6) October
7) War
8) All That You Can't Leave Behind
9) No Line On The Horizon
10) How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
11) Pop
12) Songs Of Innocence
13) Boy*

* I actually think boy is a good debut - It just leaves me cold compared to other U2 albums.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #545 on: June 08, 2017, 03:09:00 PM »
Achtung Baby
Zooropa
Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Boy
War
No Line On The Horizon
Rattle And Hum
Songs of Innocence
Pop
October
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

I don't dislike any of these albums, but I think


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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #546 on: June 10, 2017, 05:13:43 AM »
Achtung Baby
Joshua Tree

(Huge gap)

Zooropa
Unforgettable Fire
War
Songs of Innocence
No Line on the Horizon
Boy
October

(Huge gap)

How to Dismantle an Automic Bomb
All That You Can't Leave Behind
Passengers:Soundtracks

(Huge gap)

Rattle and Hum

(Huge gap)

Pop
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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #547 on: June 10, 2017, 08:14:44 AM »
I'll preface this by saying, I don't truly hate any of their albums (honestly), but some just don't do a lot for me.  From 1980 to 2000, they were a remarkable band with a discography as consistent as any IMO, then sadly, it slipped.  Still, for this fan, they've written plenty of great songs throughout their 40 year career.

Here goes:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. Pop
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. The Joshua Tree
6. War
7. Boy
8. Original Soundtracks 1
9. October
10. All That You Can't Leave Behind (my first U2 album, so lots of nostalgia here, but I do generally enjoy it)
11. Rattle and Hum
12. No Line on the Horizon
13. Songs of Innocence
14. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

The last 3, I don't consider godawful (unlike a few here), I just listen to them less.  I think each definitely has a couple of great songs, i.e. I love The Crystal Ballroom and listen to that consistently. 

I think a bit of it comes down to the production. If SOI and HTDAAB had gone for a more raw, organic sound, touched up the lyrics (especially on HTTAAB, can apply this to NLOTH too), these could be improved.  Also, pushed the experimental aspects on NLOTH a bit more.  The sad thing for me is these albums have some great b-sides, so they are more than capable of writing good songs.  Maybe just not for an entire album, who knows?  They seemed to acknowledge the polished sound of SOI, so hopefully they'll develop a more raw sound for SOE, but we shall see. 
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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #548 on: June 20, 2017, 01:53:41 PM »
Achtung Baby will always always always be my all time favorite album. 

Then I listen to ATYCLB and change my mind! Hahaha. Is it okay to love them all??

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #549 on: June 23, 2017, 04:39:13 AM »
According to a Top750 (from 2016) in The Netherlands (Radio Veronice), ranks are the place on the list:

4. The Joshua Tree
27. The Unforgettable Fire
53. Achtung Baby
75. War
92. All That You Can't Leave Behind
145. Rattle And Hum
213. The Best of 1990-2000
257. Under A Blood Red Sky
324. Zooropa
350. October
382. Boy
477. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
562. The Best of 1980-1990
597. Songs of Innocence
687. No Line On The Horizon
715. 18 Singles
-. Pop

Pop has been in the list in 2013
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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #550 on: June 26, 2017, 09:43:24 AM »
It's been a while since I've done this, so here goes:

1. All That You Can't Leave Behind

2. Pop
3. Achtung Baby
4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
5. The Joshua Tree

6. No Line On The Horizon
7. Rattle And Hum
8. War

9. Zooropa
10. Boy
11. Songs Of Innocence
12. The Unforgettable Fire

13. October
« Last Edit: June 26, 2017, 09:45:09 AM by TimmyB »

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #551 on: July 09, 2017, 05:47:00 PM »
1. Achtung Baby
2. Joshua Tree
3. Unforgettable Fire
4. Rattle and Hum
5. Pop
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Zooropa
8. Under a Blood Red Sky (have to include this as it's the one that started it all for me)
9. Boy
10. October
11. No Line on the Horizon  (would be higher without the crappy middle section)
12. Songs of Innocence
13. War  (I know--I'm surprised too this is so low.  Three great songs.)
14. How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Number 14 is the only one that if I never heard again I would not care at all.  In contrast, the distance between 1 and 13 for me isn't all that great.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #552 on: July 09, 2017, 07:40:45 PM »
I looked at total song plays on my iTunes account and totaled them up by album.  Then, combined this objective approach with the subjective approach of what songs I know I skip almost every time when they come on.

1. Achtung Baby
2. Zooropa
3. Pop
4. The Joshua Tree
5. Boy
6. The Unforgettable Fire
7. Rattle and Hum
8. War
9. October
10. Songs of Innocence
11. No Line On The Horizon
12. All That You Can't Leave Behind
13. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #553 on: July 10, 2017, 04:19:53 AM »
1. Achtung Baby
2. The Joshua Tree
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Boy
5. Rattle and Hum
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
8. Pop
9. Zooropa
10. War
11. No Line on the Horizon
12. October
13. Songs of Innocence

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #554 on: July 17, 2017, 09:57:55 AM »
1. No Line on the Horizon
2. Atomic Bomb
3. Joshua Tree
4. Achtung Baby (best live songs, don't even listen to album anymore)
5. Zooropa
6. All that you can't leave behind
7 Pop
8. War
9. Songs Of Innoncence + ( not officially an album but it's better and has 10 songs)
10. Songs of Innocence
11. Boy
12. Unforgettable fire
13. Rattle and a Hum
14. October.