War

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion. Previously, Bono's attempts at messages came across as grandstanding, but his vision becomes remarkably clear on this record, as his anthems "New Year's Day," "40," "Seconds" are balanced by effective, surprisingly emotional love songs "Two Hearts Beat as One", which are just as desperate and pleading as his protests. He performs the difficult ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion. Previously, Bono's attempts at messages came across as grandstanding, but his vision becomes remarkably clear on this record, as his anthems "New Year's Day," "40," "Seconds" are balanced by effective, surprisingly emotional love songs "Two Hearts Beat as One", which are just as desperate and pleading as his protests. He performs the difficult task of making the universal sound personal, and the band helps him out by bringing the songs crashing home with muscular, forceful performances that reveal their varied, expressive textures upon repeated listens. U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517646476
  • Catalog Number: 001083202
  • Sales rank: 31,500

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunday Bloody Sunday (4:39)
  2. 2 Seconds (3:11)
  3. 3 New Year's Day (5:35)
  4. 4 Like a Song... (4:47)
  5. 5 Drowning Man (4:14)
  6. 6 The Refugee (3:40)
  7. 7 Two Hearts Beat as One (4:03)
  8. 8 Red Light (3:46)
  9. 9 Surrender (5:33)
  10. 10 "40" (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
The Edge Guitar, Piano, Steel Guitar, Vocals
Bono Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass
Jessica Felton Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenny Fradley Trumpet
Taryn Hagey Background Vocals
Adriana Kaegi Background Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums
Cheryl Poirier Background Vocals
Steve Wickham Violin, Electric Violin
Technical Credits
The Edge Composer
Arnie Acosta Remastering
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Paul Thomas Engineer
Bill Whelan Producer
Steve Averill Art Direction, Cover Design
Gordon Vicary Mastering
Paul S. Thomas Engineer
Paul McGuinness Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of their best

    A classic U2 album with several radio hits that sound even better in the context of the album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First Masterwork

    Everyone has heard sunday bloody sunday and new years day, but the album is fantastic all the way through. 1.Sunday Bloody Sunday-Great rock anthem. I love the martial beat introduction to the song. Bono's impassioned singing drives the song and introduces the angry young man feel for the album. Check out the use of the electric violin for the wails in the background. 2. Seconds-Has a huge benefit from its introductory song, but not a bad track at all. The edge actually sings this song, but he sounds just like Bono. 3. New Year's Day-Great guitar, great vocal,great piano, and one of the greatest bass lines of all time. 4. Like a song- overlooked, but one of U2's greatest songs, Larry mullen continues his martial beats to great effect here, the vocal is great and the guitar solos are really great, they send shivers down my spine. 5. Drowning man-Great song, takes a softer turn but excellent. 6.The Refugee-Probably the worst song on the album, the drumbeat carrries the song. The vocal is pretty good but the instrumentation is too sparse here. 7.Two Hearts Beat as One-Great love song, with another great bass line from adam Clayton. 8. Red light-takes the album on a new spin. Pretty good. 9. Surrender-Up there with tracks 1 and 3. Brillant. I wish they did it more in concet. 10.40-good softer closing to a fantastic album and U2s first great work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I absolutly LUV Sunday Bloody Sunday!

    I absolutly luv the song Sunday Bloody Sunday and that is saying a lot Because I HATE, and I mean really HATE 80's music. When ever i hear the song on the radio I have to blast it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2 at their best

    U2 made an statement with War, letting the world know that they were aiming for big, similar to october's message, but with a better result this is one of the best U2 albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anger and Passion

    U2 at their most angry with such classics as "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day," this one was certainly influenced by their lives in Ireland and the war-like situation that has occured over there. Anybody that is repressed will respond at some time with a dark side that you cannot underestimate. WAR is at their best in just pure emotion and guitar licks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential for any serious rock/pop fan

    This album is the key to understanding U2's early work. Not every song is perfect, but several are absolutely classic. "New Year's Day" is the best song released by any artist during the 1980's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Influential Rock & Roll

    This album is different from any other U2 album. It delves far more into politics and social issues than the first tow albums. WAR gives a very good picture of life in Ireland during the mid-1980's.

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