The Joshua Tree by U2
Possibly one of the most unique albums I have ever listened to, The Joshua Tree, released in 1987, is critically acclaimed to have brought the musical group, U2, to stardom. For most of the younger generation (yes, including myself), this CD is considered an oldie and not something we would listen to on a day to day basis. I’d like to shed some light back on the album.
In the album, U2 expresses themselves through their unique and Irish-rooted music. They match vocals to transform the emotions of the listener in a way that very few other artists to date had been able to achieve. Listed as the first track on the album, “Where the Streets Have No Name”, is the introductory song that the world in the 80’s was looking for. The beautiful, orchestral start interrupted by a classical electric guitar solo is an incredible way to get toes tapping and hearts singing.
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And…the vocals. Throughout the album, the lyrics are breath-taking and are very meaningful. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” has the audience captivated and intrigued to listen for more. The lead singer, Bono, can’t seem to make up his mind about his heart’s desire as he expresses in this track.
If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend checking out this album because even though it’s an oldie, it’s also a goodie.