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March 12, 2017

U2 – War (1983) – Lp

by Record Facts

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s sound grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music, yet has maintained an anthemic sound. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal themes and sociopolitical concerns. Popular for their live performances, the group has staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  U2
Title:  War
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  205259

War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite, and was released on 28 February 1983 on Island Records. The album has come to be regarded as U2’s first overtly political album, in part because of songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day“, as well as the title, which stems from the band’s perception of the world at the time; Bono stated that “war seemed to be the motif for 1982.”

U2 recorded the album from September–November 1982 at Windmill Lane Studios with Lillywhite producing, the group’s third consecutive album made at the studio with the producer. While the central themes of their earlier albums Boy and October focused on adolescence and spirituality, respectively, War focused on both the physical aspects of warfare, and the emotional after-effects. Musically, it is also harsher than the band’s previous releases. The album has been described as the record where the band “turned pacifism itself into a crusade.”

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.

 

Side one
1.  Sunday Bloody Sunday  (4:38)
2.  Seconds  (3:09)
3.  New Year’s Day  (5:38)
4.  Like A Song…  (4:48)
5.  Drowning Man (4:12)

Side two
1.  The Refugee (3:40)
2.  Two Hearts Beat As One  (4:00)
3.  Red Light (3:46)
4.  Surrender (5:34)
5.  “40”  (2:36)

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