by U2


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2008
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517646476
catalogNumber: 001083202
Rank: 9048

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
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   Percussion,Drums
Cheryl Poirier   Background Vocals
Steve Wickham   Violin,Electric Violin

Technical Credits

Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Paul Thomas   Engineer
Bill Whelan   Producer
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Cover Design
Paul S. Thomas   Engineer
Paul McGuinness   Management

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War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I remember hearing New Year's Day on the radio over 30 years ago and perking up my ears. Who were these U2 guys? I bought War after hearing a couple more tracks and reading a Stereo Review critique and found out. It is difficult to make an accurate evaluation when an album is the one that was your entry into a group's career. I will try anyway. Anyone with a slight interest in U2 should at least hear War. It was the end of their beginning and marked their arrival as the next super-group. Is it perfect? No. Several songs on what was the second side don't match the rest, a problem for the band on most of their albums. The bonus CD is a bit redundant. When they reissued War, they should have added the Under A Blood Red Sky mini-album instead of the seven remixes of New Year's Day and Two Hearts Beat as One. They are great cuts, but that was overkill. I'll give the deluxe edition 4 stars mostly for the original album.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
A classic U2 album with several radio hits that sound even better in the context of the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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