Poll

What's your favorite studio album by U2 and why?

Boy
1 (0.6%)
October
3 (1.9%)
War
2 (1.3%)
The Unforgettable Fire
14 (8.8%)
The Joshua Tree
31 (19.5%)
Rattle & Hum
3 (1.9%)
Achtung Baby
66 (41.5%)
Zooropa
5 (3.1%)
Pop
18 (11.3%)
ATYCLB
5 (3.1%)
HTDAAB
5 (3.1%)
NLOTH
6 (3.8%)

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Mysterious Ways

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2009, 07:05:35 PM »
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I know a lot of people dismiss PoP but I always felt that it's probably the most underrated album from U2.

*cough*Zooropa*cough*

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2009, 07:08:24 PM »
NLOTH

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2009, 07:33:29 PM »
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I know a lot of people dismiss PoP but I always felt that it's probably the most underrated album from U2.

*cough*Zooropa*cough*
*cough*October*cough*

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #33 on: February 26, 2009, 07:37:25 PM »
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I know a lot of people dismiss PoP but I always felt that it's probably the most underrated album from U2.

*cough*Zooropa*cough*
*cough*October*cough*

touche....

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #34 on: February 26, 2009, 07:54:24 PM »
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I know a lot of people dismiss PoP but I always felt that it's probably the most underrated album from U2.

*cough*Zooropa*cough*
*cough*October*cough*

touche....
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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #35 on: February 26, 2009, 08:13:48 PM »
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I know a lot of people dismiss PoP but I always felt that it's probably the most underrated album from U2.

*cough*Zooropa*cough*
*cough*October*cough*

touche....
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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2009, 08:28:35 PM »
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I love this series. :D

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2009, 06:37:16 PM »
Pop for me. ;D

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2009, 07:34:49 PM »
I can change my opinion, but Unforgettable Fire has probably spent the most time on top.  I love the atmosphere of the album coupled with its imagery.

Rattle and Hum is the worst.  I like most of the original tracks but everything else thrown in there makes it less enjoyable.  I would have liked it better had they taken the original tracks and put them on a new album with Hallelujah Here She Comes and A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel.  I've done it before in a playlist on my iPod and it comes out quite nicely other than all the audience noise and ridiculous interview clip attached to Van Diemen's Land.  I wish they had a version of Van Diemen's Land available without that stuff.

Their worst full studio album is War.  Some great tracks but then some not so great tracks.  Like A Song, The Refugee, and Red Light are some of the worst things they've ever done.  The first three songs are excellent.  Drowning Man is a nice respite in between some bad stuff.  The album is their least consistent and doesn't have the flow that their other albums all seem to have.  But War was great in that it showed U2 that that direction was a dead end.  They'd go on to much greater things, though Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year's Day have definitely stood the test of time.

 

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2009, 05:44:17 PM »
Pop. I think it's the most complete U2 album as a whole - even Miami works well in the context of this album.
I bought this album whilst travelling in Australia in 1997 and it always takes me back there, it's so evocative.
Discotheque, IGWSHA, LNOE, Gone, Please are some of U2's best songs.

The are other great U2 albums - AB and JT, but there are one or two weak tracks on them. eg So Cruel on AB, MOTD on JT for instance.

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2009, 05:45:28 PM »
I see Pop is a respectable 3rd on this poll.  :D

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2009, 10:34:05 PM »
TUF and NLOTH ;)

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #42 on: March 02, 2009, 05:36:19 AM »
I just added NLOTH to the poll, for those of you that way inclined. 8)

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #43 on: March 09, 2009, 10:07:04 AM »
The Unforgettable Fire, it's U2's masterpiece.

By the way, a complete ranking of their studio albums would go as this:


1. The Unforgettable Fire

2. The Joshua Tree (very good)
3. Achtung Baby
4. Boy
5. Zooropa

6. Pop (good)

7. War (good but with flaws)
8. October
9. No Line on the Horizon (it's still a bit soon to rank it definitely, though)

10. Rattle and Hum (decent)

11. All That You Should Have Left Behind (subpar)
12. How to Dismantle a Reputation (subpar)

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Re: Poll: Favorite U2 studio album
« Reply #44 on: March 09, 2009, 12:15:06 PM »
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11. All That You Should Have Left Behind (subpar)
12. How to Dismantle a Reputation (subpar)


Ouch!  That's harsh.  Personally, I REALLY liked both of these albums.  For me, they were more "listenable" than The Unforgettable Fire, October, and Zooropa.  I'd place them in the middle of the U2 album rankings.  For the record, I believe that TUF, October, and Zooropa were all very good albums but IMO they were not as good as ATYCLB and HTDAAB.  I realize that this isn't the popular viewpoint on these message boards since it has become en vogue to criticize these 2 albums recently, but I really think that these 2 albums have allowed U2 to gain a larger fan base and have given them the determination to expand their "Horizons" on their most recent album.