Sonic Gems: U2 – The Joshua Tree

Even prior to the Us Festival appearance of U2, I was certain there was a special musical essence to this band.  Some of my harder rocking friends believed that I had lost my way on this one.  All these many years later, the legacy of U2 continues to span the generations.  Sometimes, it is nice to see that I made a correct assessment.

U2 is an Irish rock band formed in 1976 Dublin.  As most of us know, the group members are Bono on vocals, the Edge on guitar and keys, Adam Clayon on bass, and Larry Mullen, Jr., on drums and percussion.  This band is often seen as post punk, but, honestly?  I think this is the essence of the punk rock with a much higher level of musicianship than most punkers aspired to attain.  With Bono’s vocal stylings boldly making statements that speak to the hearts of multiple generations and the guitar texturing of the Edge, how could they miss?

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album and was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.  It was released on March 9, 1987.  This harder hitting album has since then attained legendary reputation for its sociopolitical lyrics combined with spiritual imagery contrasting their perceptions of the real America versus the mythos of America.

The hope was to evoke a cinematic quality that sonically reproduced some semblance of the open spaces of the United States.  To further this aim, the sleeve photography depicts the landscape found in American deserts.

From this album came the hit singles, With Or Without YouI Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and Where the Streets Have No Name.  The album is unquestionably one of the world’s best selling albums.  Moreover, the US Library of Congress has deemed it culturally, historically or aesthetically significant and selected to preserve this album in the National Recording Registry.

This album is hands down rated a 10 out of 10 by Aloha Promises Forever.

You may listen to the entirety of  Joshua Tree here:

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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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