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October
     

October

3.7 3
by U2
 

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U2 sounded so confident and assured on their debut that perhaps it was inevitable they would stumble slightly on its follow-up, October. The record isn't weaker than its predecessor because it repeats the formula of Boy. It's because the band tries too hard to move forward. Bono, in particular, tries too

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U2 sounded so confident and assured on their debut that perhaps it was inevitable they would stumble slightly on its follow-up, October. The record isn't weaker than its predecessor because it repeats the formula of Boy. It's because the band tries too hard to move forward. Bono, in particular, tries too hard to make big political, emotional, and religious statements, but the remainder of the band isn't innocent. In general, the music is too pompous, with the sound overwhelming the actual songs. But when U2 do marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2008
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602517616783
catalogNumber:
001082902
Rank:
8830

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Edge   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Bono   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Larry Mullen   Drums
Steve Wickham   Electric Violin
Larry ?   Drums

Technical Credits

Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Bill Whelan   Producer
Nick Stewart   Re-Release Coordinator
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Cover Design
Paul S. Thomas   Engineer
Paul McGuinness   Management
Neil McCormick   Liner Notes

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October 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
glauver 10 months ago
U2's second album was a transitional recording as their Christian beliefs came to the forefront and they began to expand their instrumental palette. The Edge really steps out on guitar and piano. The weak link was Bono's lyrics and vocals. The story is that his notebook was stolen and he rewrote the songs as they were recorded. The lyrics aren't bad; they just seem a bit sketchy. The standouts for me are he numbers that try to break the mold. Tomorrow with its pipes at the beginning, its pleading lyric (is Bono addressing his late mother or Jesus?), and its build into a rave-up is very good. I also like the somber, spare October and the celebratory With A Shout (Jerusalem). The first two could have fit unto The Unforgettable Fire. The bonus CD is excellent as a retrospective of early U2, featuring fine live versions of Boy and October songs and a few forgettable B sides.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable to hear but not an Essential one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago