War made an enormous impression on me at a very vulnerable time in my life. Having troubles at home and in school and trying to find where I fit in, on that cusp between being a child and an adult, the themes of War resonated with me and seemed to coinside with exactly what I was experiencing in life at the time. Funny how U2 has that knack. . . .
War saved U2 for me. I loved Boy, hated October. Was about to give up on what I thought was my favorite band. Luckily a well timed birthday coincided with War's release and the former bf who turned me on to U2 in the first place gave me War as a birthday present. "Just give it a try." he knowingly said. And I did. It took several listens but when it clicked, it clicked and solidified U2 as my favorite band (I know, right now Larry is probably breathing a sigh of relief!
). Whenever I feel I am tired of U2 or even after I have taken a U2 hiatus, War is always the album that brings me back. I have tired of SBS on tour, however, once that drum kicks in when the CD goes into my car stereo, I am right back there. I still believe that NYD is one of U2's best tracks-- not because it is an awesome song- but because it is one of the first tracks where everyone is firing on all cylinders. Bono wrote awesome lyrics and his vocal is passionate and strong, Edge has a fabulous rif, the drumming never quits and there is something about that bass track that gets me no matter how many times I hear it. I have said this before but being such a huge nerd in school, I was a huge National Geographic buff and convinced The Refugee was written for this woman. . .
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I was a little sad when I learned it wasn't, but it is still one of my favorite tracks. Who knew U2 actually knew how to have fun? Also is there really a stranger pair up in music than U2 and the girls from Kid Creole and the Coconuts? Seriously?
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Probably my least favorite track is Two Hearts. . . I just don't feel it matches the rest of the album. In college Like a Song became my personal anthem. I think War was just the right album at the right time in my life.