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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: 8207

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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