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Offline fEZbeing

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The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« on: July 09, 2018, 06:04:35 PM »
I find it tedious and lacking of innovation and the staying power of the 90's albums.

I think Achtung Baby and Pop (lyrically their best and musically their most creative albums) deserve the top spots then UF/War/Zooropa/JT in any order.
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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2018, 07:26:59 PM »
Just curious, how old were you in 1987? 

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2018, 08:18:23 PM »
I like that there are differing opinions on this forum.
That said, there may not be a better first three songs to start an album than Joshua Tree has, and they haven't made any good albums since Achtung Baby, baby.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2018, 08:48:07 PM »
The Joshua Tree is the 2nd greatest album ever recorded in history. Only Achtung Baby tops it, and just slightly. But if you add in the B-sides and outtakes and make it the double album it was originally going to be, it gets the #1 spot!

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 08:52:51 PM »
The album goes downhill after the first 3 songs.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 11:02:02 PM »
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The album goes downhill after the first 3 songs.

The first three songs are strong, yes, but quit spewing lies. The following tracks are still very good. In fact, a couple of the best songs are in the second half; Exit and One Tree Hill. Plus, you have Bullet the Blue Sky, Running to Stand Still, and Red Hill Mining Town which all stand out too. Trip Through Your Wires, In God's Country, and Mothers of the Disappeared are all quality tunes too. Lowest rating I could give a song on the album is about 6.5 or 7, and that only goes to Mothers of the Disappeared. All of the others are 7 or higher for me, and there's at least three 10/10 masterpieces on there imo.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 12:20:15 AM »
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Just curious, how old were you in 1987?

doesn't matter, I've listened to all their albums thoroughly, Achtung Baby and Pop stand out to me as their 2 best albums, with The Joshua Tree and others following close behind.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 12:31:02 AM »
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The Joshua Tree is the 2nd greatest album ever recorded in history. Only Achtung Baby tops it, and just slightly. But if you add in the B-sides and outtakes and make it the double album it was originally going to be, it gets the #1 spot!

Personally I think Achtung Baby is superior, the Joshua Tree lacks punch

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 01:37:23 AM »
I actually prefer the AB, Pop, Zooropa trio over everything U2 have put out.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2018, 02:38:32 AM »
I thought so, too. Until I saw the album live last year. The second half is really good. I'm only not so fond of Streets and Red Hill

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2018, 05:08:37 AM »
The Joshua Tree does lack punch compared to what AB offers, but it makes up for it in pure, distilled quintessential U2 classics. There are about 7 of them.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2018, 05:21:56 AM »
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Just curious, how old were you in 1987?

doesn't matter, I've listened to all their albums thoroughly, Achtung Baby and Pop stand out to me as their 2 best albums, with The Joshua Tree and others following close behind.

Sometimes it does matter! I think I connected with JT just because of the stage of life and frame of mind I was in at the time.  Pop leaves me cold however.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2018, 07:31:00 AM »
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Just curious, how old were you in 1987?

doesn't matter, I've listened to all their albums thoroughly, Achtung Baby and Pop stand out to me as their 2 best albums, with The Joshua Tree and others following close behind.

I think that confirms you weren't around when it came out. It was so big, it connected so well not just for us hard cores but everyone. There was a reason they became superstars. Maybe you had to be there.

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2018, 11:43:00 AM »
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The album goes downhill after the first 3 songs.

I used to have that opinion back in the late 80s, but its because I never gave the rest of the album a chance. I did after I heard the amazing B-sides around 1992, and then that is when I discovered the album was an incredible masterpiece!

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Re: The Joshua Tree is over-rated
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2018, 12:21:50 PM »
I think WOWY was one of their weakest singles followed by ISHFWILF which was just as weak.  That's not to say they were terrible songs, but to me, the other songs were much better.  Streets is still a great song, BTBS, IGC and Exit are phenomenal songs.  While I prefer the ZooTV version of RTSS, it's original version is still powerful.

The B-Sides were perhaps their best.