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What's U2's most front-loaded album?

Boy
1 (1.5%)
October
0 (0%)
War
1 (1.5%)
The Unforgettable Fire
0 (0%)
The Joshua Tree
27 (40.9%)
Rattle & Hum
0 (0%)
Achtung Baby
4 (6.1%)
Zooropa
1 (1.5%)
Pop
2 (3%)
All That You Can't Leave Behind
26 (39.4%)
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2 (3%)
No Line on the Horizon
1 (1.5%)
Songs of Innocence
1 (1.5%)

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Offline Pouakai

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What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« on: July 25, 2017, 11:49:55 PM »
So we all know U2 are notorious for having front-loaded albums, but which of them are the worst at it?

EDIT: Just since some were asking, a front loaded album is one which has all of the hits / popular songs / best songs on the first half, with the second full of deep cuts or less popular stuff
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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 12:02:01 AM »
The only two that are in strong contention for me are The Joshua Tree and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Not necessarily because they are front-loaded with the best songs, but with more singles and "radio-friendly" tunes.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2017, 05:38:47 AM »
Joshua Tree

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2017, 06:45:05 AM »
ATYCLB, if only because I feel like the back half of the album drops off a cliff.

TJT may be "front-loaded" from a radio hit perspective, but I don't think it's front-loaded from a quality perspective.  NLOTH's hole is in the middle.  All of the other albums I think are pretty consistent throughout.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2017, 08:41:40 AM »
I'm going to go with All That You Can't Leave Behind.  Sure, I could see how some may say The Joshua Tree, with the first five songs being so epic.  But there's plenty of good songs on side B.  "Trip Through Your Wires" is the only typical skip for me. 

Whereas All That You Can't Leave Behind gets really sketchy near the end.  I like "New York," but need to be in the right mindset.  And I've always enjoyed "When I Look at the World."  Hell, I even like that U2 did "Wild Honey."  But "Peace on Earth" makes even me, a hardcore U2 fan, want to take Bono by the shoulders and shake him. 

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 04:47:41 PM »
Not to sound ignorant, but what is a front loaded album?

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 04:56:02 PM »
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Not to sound ignorant, but what is a front loaded album?
An album with all of its "best" songs (or singles) on the first side.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2017, 06:17:15 PM »
First side of TJT might be their best album side, period. Honorable mention to HTDAAB for frontloading.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2017, 06:27:46 PM »
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Not to sound ignorant, but what is a front loaded album?
An album with all of its "best" songs (or singles) on the first side.

Ah OK, thanks.  I figured it had to be something like that.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2017, 12:56:39 AM »
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Not to sound ignorant, but what is a front loaded album?
An album with all of its "best" songs (or singles) on the first side.
So the 2nd half is pretty worse or average?

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2017, 03:27:52 AM »
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Not to sound ignorant, but what is a front loaded album?
An album with all of its "best" songs (or singles) on the first side.
So the 2nd half is pretty worse or average?
Not necessarily, it just gets much less attention. Look at something like TJT, which has Streets, I Still Haven't Found, WOWY, Bullets and Running on side 1, compared to the rest of the album, or War, which has all of its hits from the first side

Sorry, I should have added it to the OP. I'll do that now

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2017, 12:24:52 PM »
ATYCLB for sure.

TJT is pretty front-loaded but at least there are some very good tracks & arguable standouts like IGC, OTH, and Exit and some other really enjoyable tracks like MOTD and TTYW. ATYCLB has all of its standout tracks in the first half with In a Little While in the middle, except for maybe WILATW. The second half has one song that's not too bad overall (NY), a couple throwaways (WH, POE), and a song that's okay but gets a little boring (Grace). It just doesn't have the same strength at all.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2017, 12:26:46 PM »
ATYCLB.  In a relative sense of a Binary split. 

TJT has powerful songs on Side B that can be argued as superior tracks. 

Just scored the percentages of A vs B in all the recent polls of the 2 albums.  That gives us an actual metric.

ATYCLB: Raw vote: 133-58.  Percentage: 69.6%-30.4%

TJT: Raw vote: 105-63.  Percentage: 62.5% - 37.5%


NOTE: This was done with a 5-6 split in albums between A and B
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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2017, 05:36:06 AM »
TJT's weaker tracks are the middle ones, NLOTH likewise.

I can see OS1 or ATYCLB taking the mantle, with ATYCLB being the really obvious choice.

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Re: What's U2's most front-loaded album?
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2017, 01:16:16 AM »
I initially thought "obviously The Joshua Tree" as the first three songs are not only the best on the album but three of the bands best ever. The rest of the album however, is absolutely fantastic too, so although the big shots are fired first, the album remains great throughout. All That You Can't Leave Behind on the other hand starts off strong - Beautiful Day, whatever you say about being over played, is a classic U2 song, I love Walk On, Elevation is a big dumb but fun rocker, Stuck In A Moment was a popular song for some reason - but then fades badly. The second half to me is the blandest U2 have ever been and I remember being bitterly disappointed with this LP at the time. My opinion hasn't changed much over time. I don't think any other of the bands records could be accused of being front loaded like these two are.