Seconds - U2 - War
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War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2. The album is 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, Seconds - U2 - War stems from the band's Like A Nicotine Halo - Liars Rosebush - Circle The Squares of the world at the time; lead vocalist Bono stated that "war seemed to be the motif for U2 recorded the album from September—November 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 U2's previous albums Boy and October were adolescence and spirituality, respectively,  War focused on both Grey Seal - Elton John - Rare Masters physical aspects of warfare, and the emotional after-effects.
The album has been Seconds - U2 - War as the record where the band "turned pacifism itself into a crusade. War was a commercial success for the band, knocking Michael Jackson 's Thriller from the top of the UK charts to become the band's first number-one album there.
It reached number 12 in the United States and became the band's Seconds - U2 - War gold -certified album there. While poorly received by British critics at the time of release, War has since gained critical acclaim. In AugustBono and Ali honeymooned in Jamaica. It has been noted that it was not a typical honeymoon, as Bono Seconds - U2 - War worked on the lyrics for the upcoming album.
The lyrics to " New Seconds - U2 - War Day " had its origins in a love song Bono wrote for his wife,  but the song was reshaped and inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement. The album's opener, " Sunday Bloody Sunday ", an ardent protest song, stems from a guitar riff and lyric written by the Edge in Following an argument with his girlfriend, and a period of doubt in his own song-writing abilities, the Edge — "feeling depressed The opening drum pattern soon developed into the song's hook.
A local violinistSteve Wickhamapproached the Edge one morning at a bus stop and asked if U2 had any need for a violin on their next album. In the studio for only half a day, Wickham's electric violin became the final instrumental contribution to the song.
For War I use a click track, something I haven't used before, it's a way of keeping time in my headphones. When I listened to the music in time with the click track I knew I had to bring it down to the real basics.
Hopefully for the next LP it will be more complicated, I'll move on. I think of it as a musical progression for myself because I learned a lot recording this album, just about my own style and that's what I wanted to do.
I think there is a definite style on War where there isn't on the previous albums. Three of the tracks featured backing vocals by the Coconuts, of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
In the words of Steve Lillywhite, "they just happened to be in Dublin on tour, so we hung out with them and they came in and sang on 'Surrender'. So it was sort of random — this serious Irish rock band having the Coconuts on their album.
The studio version of " Stai Con Me - Mia Martini - Mimì " was recorded during the final hours of the recording sessions in November Bassist Adam Clayton had already left the studio, and the three remaining band members decided they did not have a good song to end the album. Bono called the song "40" as he based the lyrics on Psalm In live versions of the song, the Edge and Clayton switch roles, as Clayton plays guitar and Edge plays the bass.
The sound of War is arguably harsher than that of the band's other albums. A major reason for this is that the Edge uses far less delay and echo than in previous and subsequent works. War opens with the protest song "Sunday Bloody Sunday". The song describes the horror felt by an observer of The Troubles in Northern Irelandspecifically Bloody Sunday Already a departure from the themes of innocence and spirituality displayed on the group's first two albums, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" introduces the album with a startling, military-esque drum beat by Larry Mullen, Jr.
Bono said in. In continuing the political motif of the album, "New Year's Day" is about the Polish solidarity movement. Its sound is a departure from the other tracks in War as it is a quiet, atmospheric song heavily influenced by the work of the Comsat Angels. The album was Seconds - U2 - War released on 28 February The original cassette release contains the entire album on each side.
The album was titled War for several reasons; inBono said, "War seemed to be the motif for ," adding that "Everywhere you looked, from the Falklands to the Middle East and South Africa, there was war. By calling the Seconds - U2 - War War we're giving people a slap in the face and at the same time getting away from the cosy image Finale - Danny Elfman - Big Fish (Music From The Motion Picture) lot of people have of U2.
It's blunt. It's not something that's safe, so it could backfire. It's the sort of subject matter that people can really take a dislike to. But we wanted to take a more dangerous course, fly a bit closer to the wind, so I think the title is appropriate. Bono described the reasoning behind the cover: "Instead Seconds - U2 - War putting tanks and guns on the cover, we've put a child's face.
War can also be a mental thing, an emotional thing between loves. It doesn't have to be a physical thing. The single reached the top ten in the UK, and was the first release by the band to chart on the Billboard Hot Upon its release, several reviews were negative in the United Kingdom. Gavin Martin of NME made a parallel Seconds - U2 - War 's Boy and Warstating that "where Boy shone and flowed War is dull and static, and where Boy propelled lucid pellets of fire and imagination War cranks out blank liberal awareness"; he felt that after the single "New Year's Day", which he considered as "their finest single since "I Will Follow", War "declines quite dramatically", ultimately calling the album "another example of rock music's impotence and decay".
Considine stating: "Generally, the album's musical strengths are largely the product of well-honed arrangements and carefully balanced dynamics. Even as the Edge spins increasingly sophisticated guitar lines, he maintains the minimalist bluntness that sparked Boy. For once, not having all the answers seems a bonus. He concluded his review, "So U2 have set out to make a big statement on a subject close to the Irishmen's hearts — and they have succeeded.
War was a commercial success, becoming U2's first number-one album in the UK and supplanting Michael Jackson 's Thriller at the top of the charts. In support of the album, the band began touring on 1 December The first month of shows, referred to as the "Pre-War Tour", preceded the album's release and the bulk of the tour, and was meant to showcase and test the new songs Reiterstück - Robert Schumann, Jörg Demus - Complete Works For Piano Volume I: Schumann And The Worl Seconds - U2 - War live setting.
This edition has slightly different running times: most notably, "Seconds" runsadding Following the remastered re-release of The Joshua Tree init was rumoured that the band would also remaster and re-release War Open The Window And Let The Spirit Fly Free - K.U.K.L.* - The Eye, along with the albums Boyand October.
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