U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)


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The Joshua Tree; 1987
Island Records

My Rating: 10/10

THE JOSHUA TREE (1987) – 10: With THE JOSHUA TREE, U2 ceased hinting at greatness and became great. While atmospherics of THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE almost engulfed the band in a holy chorus of angels, THE JOSHUA TREE lets the foursome spread out in the wide open American West. The reason this album is so great is that you follow the band on a journey through all of the ghost towns and forgotten hollers of the wasteland. Everyone knows the first three tracks, stacked like the Yankees’ batting order, and other tunes like the gentle “Running To Stand Still”, the road song “In God’s Country”, and the flowing “One Tree Hill” are gloriously mystical in the vein of UNFORGETTABLE’s better moments, but without the claustrophobic production. There are a few less than great tracks here: “Bullet The Blue Sky” aims high and falls flat, and the closing medley “Exit” and “Mothers Of The Disappeared” don’t quite do the job they should, but the rest of the album is so good that you won’t be bothered by it one bit.
TRACKS:
1. Where the Streets Have No Name (5/5)
2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (5/50
3. With or Without You (5/5)
4. Bullet the Blue Sky (3/5)
5. Running to Stand Still (5/5)
6. Red Hill Mining Town (5/5)
7. In God’s Country (5/5)
8. Trip Through Your Wires (5/5)
9. One Tree Hill (5/5)
10. Exit (3/5)
11. Mothers of the Disappeared (3/5)
With THE JOSHUA TREE, U2 ceased hinting at greatness and became great. While the atmospherics of THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE almost engulfed the band in a holy chorus of angels, THE JOSHUA TREE lets the foursome spread out in the wide open American West. The reason this album is so great is that you follow the band on a journey through all of the ghost towns and forgotten hollers of the wasteland. Everyone knows the first three tracks, stacked like the Yankees’ batting order, and other tunes like the gentle “Running To Stand Still”, the road song “In God’s Country”, and the flowing “One Tree Hill” are gloriously mystical in the vein of UNFORGETTABLE’s better moments, but without the claustrophobic production. There are a few less than great tracks here: “Bullet The Blue Sky” aims high and falls flat, and the closing medley “Exit” and “Mothers Of The Disappeared” don’t quite do the job they should, but the rest of the album is so good that you won’t be bothered by it one bit.

TRACKS:

1. Where the Streets Have No Name (5/5)
2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (5/50
3. With or Without You (5/5)
4. Bullet the Blue Sky (3/5)
5. Running to Stand Still (5/5)
6. Red Hill Mining Town (5/5)
7. In God’s Country (5/5)
8. Trip Through Your Wires (5/5)
9. One Tree Hill (5/5)
10. Exit (3/5)
11. Mothers of the Disappeared (3/5)
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