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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #525 on: May 26, 2017, 10:23:25 PM »
I love "October" and "NLOTH" so I'm like the weird stepchild of U2 fans lol.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #526 on: May 27, 2017, 02:42:30 PM »
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

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #527 on: May 27, 2017, 07:10:10 PM »
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top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!

^ Yes, that was me the 1st time around. Now, on to the subject at hand...

What's changed? Not much. SOI's been fighting it out with TUF for that #4 spot ever since it was released, and OS1 and October are in a pitched battle for supremacy in that middle group. AB's probably at the bottom of that middle group now, if only because I just don't think about that album anymore when I'm not here seeing y'all writing about it. I still love most of those songs from it, but at this point they might as well be non-album singles; my brain never seems to tie them together anymore, if that makes any sense.


Wait-- Imaginary Friend is Hurricaine Hugo?  I always dug Hurricaine Hugo in this forum and the old forum before the update.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #528 on: May 28, 2017, 07:47:56 AM »
1. The Joshua Tree
2. Passengers: Original Soundtracks
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Boy
5. War
6. All That You Can't Leave Behind
7. Zooropa
8. Pop
9. October
10. Achtung Baby
11. Rattle & Hum
12. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
13. No Line on the Horizon
14. Songs of Innocence


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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #529 on: May 28, 2017, 09:24:31 AM »
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top 4:

1. Zooropa
2. Pop
3. No Line On The Horizon
4. The Unforgettable Fire

bottom 2:

11. Rattle and Hum
12. War

the other ones move around in between those groups, and they're constantly shifting. right now, atomic bomb is my fave of that middle group, but that'll probably change in a month or two.

#@!

^ Yes, that was me the 1st time around. Now, on to the subject at hand...

What's changed? Not much. SOI's been fighting it out with TUF for that #4 spot ever since it was released, and OS1 and October are in a pitched battle for supremacy in that middle group. AB's probably at the bottom of that middle group now, if only because I just don't think about that album anymore when I'm not here seeing y'all writing about it. I still love most of those songs from it, but at this point they might as well be non-album singles; my brain never seems to tie them together anymore, if that makes any sense.


Wait-- Imaginary Friend is Hurricaine Hugo? 

Yes...and in between those two screen names, I was cletus thurston beauregard

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #530 on: May 28, 2017, 09:41:29 AM »
Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #531 on: May 28, 2017, 02:23:52 PM »
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #532 on: May 28, 2017, 02:30:30 PM »
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and that was what late 88?.... and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.
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« Reply #533 on: May 28, 2017, 02:35:39 PM »
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.

Yes, R&H left me feeling rather empty too.  I was expecting something great but it was the first time they put out an album that wasn't as high as my expectations.  It's interesting to see how popular the album is with many American posters on this forum.  To this day it's not a record I turn to, though Angel of Harlem is a great song.  Like you, in the late 80s I was enamoured by other exciting music emerging from the independent scene, and that played into the sound of AB when it was recorded.

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« Reply #534 on: May 28, 2017, 02:41:28 PM »
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Great (stand up in the very top tier of albums in my collection)

Achtung Baby
Pop
Zooropa

Good 

The Unforgettable Fire

Average (OK nothing to write home about really - have some good moments and some not so good but are generally just so so)

The Joshua Tree
War
Boy
October
Songs of Innocence
No Line on The Horizon

Dreadful

Rattle and Hum
All That You Can't Leave Behind
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

So the Oracle of great music out there didn't really like U2 until they released the Fly in 1991?  Just curious!

Pretty much.....

I took a passing interest in TJT but couldn't stand ISHFWILF which was pushed hard as you would know here, Streets was meh for me and i liked WOWY.

I was a little young for TUF but it was TUF and UABRS that got me interested in u2 albeit a few years after they were released....R&H turned me off them almost totally and as you would know around 89/90 for people of a certain age there was a certain movement taking place here that was a long way from cowboy boots and hats and americana......

So although i had an interest in u2 my real fandom began with The Fly/AB.

Yes, R&H left me feeling rather empty too.  I was expecting something great but it was the first time they put out an album that wasn't as high as my expectations.  It's interesting to see how popular the album is with many American posters on this forum.  To this day it's not a record I turn to, though Angel of Harlem is a great song.  Like you, in the late 80s I was enamoured by other exciting music emerging from the independent scene, and that played into the sound of AB when it was recorded.

Yes indeed....

I bought R&H on the strength of a friend who raved about TJT....I was 'meh' about TJT but I really loved TUF which I had discovered.....I remember playing R&H and just thinking 'erm this isn't very good' and trying to live with it and it grow on me but it never did.......it felt alien and not in a good way.

I understand why some love it but it really didn't speak to me at all.

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #535 on: May 28, 2017, 03:27:11 PM »
Perfection
Achtung baby

Bloody brilliant
Joshua tree
Zooropa
All that you can't leave behind

Very very good
Pop
Unforgettable fire

Decent
No line on the horizon
Boy
How to dismantle...
Rattle & hum

So so
October
War

Dire
Songs of innocence

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #536 on: June 07, 2017, 01:20:11 AM »
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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

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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #537 on: June 07, 2017, 08:46:16 AM »
Brilliant:
War
TJT
TUF
AB

Great:
Boy
Zooropa
Pop

Extremely good:
October

Good:
NLOTH

Okay:
R&H
ATYCLB
HTDAAB
SOI

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Rank U2's albums
« Reply #538 on: June 07, 2017, 12:50:49 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.
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Re: Rank U2's albums
« Reply #539 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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0                       0               0           0


* 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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