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U2 Revives the Joshua Tree with 2017 Tour

February 17, 2017

Growing up, I fell in love with U2 more and more every time I heard one of their songs on the radio. I remember one moment very clearly: I was helping my dad and older brother move some stuff out of our basement when “With or Without You” came on. I hadn’t realized that I sat down and had a cheesy half smile on my face until my dad asked me, “You’re falling in love with that old guy, aren’t you?” (referring to Bono). I denied it, but from that moment on, U2 had become one of my favorite bands. Little did I know that most of U2’s greatest songs are hidden gems instead of hit songs that get radio play. This is not to say that popular songs like “Pride (In the Name of Love)” or “New Years Day” aren’t good, but more obscure songs like “Heartland,” “Ultraviolet”, and “The Unforgettable Fire” send you on a musical trance that cannot be compared.

The Joshua Tree is probably one of the best albums by U2 because the entire album is a treasure. Every single song is beautifully crafted with a cinematic feel. With the classic U2 guitar mixed with Bono’s heavenly voice, it became more apparent that the band had found their true sound with this album. Since the band also likes to include underlying political, and/or religious themes, the band went with a more political theme on this one– of America. Some of the lyrics are as subtle as “She is liberty/ And she comes to rescue me/ Hope, faith, her vanity/ The greatest gift is gold” (“In God’s Country”). Or as literal as “See the rain through a gaping wound/ Pounding on the women and children/ Who run into the arms of America” (“Bullet the Blue Sky”).

Even though the album includes a variety of different rhythms that sound inspirational, romantic, or intense, the album is still tied together by the distinct sound of U2. Luckily, a few weeks ago U2 announced they will be doing a tour this year– “The Joshua Tree Tour 2017;” which should start on May 12 in Vancouver, Canada. They said they will be playing every single song on the album; so this is definitely a must see for any U2 fan, both old and young.

Top 3 Tracks:
Bullet the Blue Sky
With or Without You
& Red Hill Mining Town

Lily Guillen
Contributing Writer

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