Weekend Album Review: War

There was a statement behind every song in the album, and a purpose for playing them. This is probably why the tracks are vigorous, and altogether potent.

Photo via wikipedia

Today we feature War, the third studio album of one of the most influential, most famous and celebrated rock bands in the whole wide world, U2!

THE COVER
The cover shows the black and white image of a then even-year-old Irish boy named Peter Rowen. He first appeared on the cover of U2’s debut album, _Boy. That’s what a little boy gets when someone like Bono lives across the street!

THE TRACK LIST
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Seconds
3. New Year’s Day
4. Like a Song
5. Drowning Man
6. The Refugee
7. Two Hearts Beat as One
8. Red Light
9. Surrender
10. “40”

THE MUSIC
U2 is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland way back in 1976. This was a time when musicians had to scour from within themselves to hone their talents, a time when YouTube tutorials weren’t available to teach you about chords, riffs, or drum solos.

The band’s would-be-drummer had posted a bulletin, inviting musicians to come together and form a rock band. Yes, they were still in high school, still teenagers, and probably not as superlative as they’ve turned out to be.

Initially there were other guitarists but the lineup was finalized with four mainstays: Bono on lead vocals and guitar; The Edge on guitars, keyboard and backing vocals; Adam Clayton on bass; and Larry Mullen Jr. on drums. Within four years however, they’d signed a record deal and had released their debut album, Boy.

THE MUSIC
War is the album that gave the world a sneak peek into what U2 was truly capable of. The more serious, more ”mature” theme was a large contributing factor to the album’s collective lyrical and sonic growth .

The band’s first two releases, Boy and October, dealt with adolescent musings and spiritual matters respectively. On the other hand, War is aptly titled as such, in reference to its overlying theme—-warfare. And for a band to discuss warfare through their music, you’d expect a powerful voice to speak strong convictions and commanding instrumentation to make things right.

The album opens with a fiery protest. Sunday Bloody Sunday begins with a drum roll expository of the sound of a hi-hat that will resonate throughout. You then hear that raw guitar riff the Edge so craftily created, and then a violin screeching—-oh wait was that just guitar feedback? No, that was a violin!—— building momentum along with the other instruments. And then you hear Bono singing. “I can’t believe the news today/I can’t close my eyes and make it go away/How long/How long must we sing this song…”

He proceeds and gives out details on the horrors brought about by war: “Broken bottles under children’s feet/Bodies strewn across the dead end street/But I won’t heed the battle call..” So much drama, despair and substance, and you’re only on the first track.

Seconds winds down a bit as it supports the outcry of Sunday Bloody Sunday. Upon hearing the third track, New Year’s Day, your eyes are awe-stricken round circles again. The piano sets the mood an haunts you; the Edge pumps so much testosterone into his guitar handiwork . You know it’s a song you will remember.

The songs in War sound stronger, harder than the band’s previous and subsequent work. There was a statement behind every song in the album, and a purpose for playing them. This is probably why the tracks are vigorous, and altogether potent.

“War seemed to be the motif for 1982. Everywhere you looked, from the Falklands to the Middle East and South Africa, there was war. By calling the album War we’re giving people a slap in the face and at the same time getting away from the cozy image a lot of people have of U2.”
- Bono

U2 is a band that your dad, older brother or boss probably listened and still listens to, and War is an album that set things in stone for them. If you can find a copy on the rack of your favorite record store consider yourself lucky. If you can’t, then go ask someone with keen musical taste if he has the album.

Till next week’s Weekend Music Review!

Like this article? Read more from our Weekend Album Review series. You might also like our Put Your Headphones on Friday playlists!

written by jillytanrad on 2013-06-28 in #lifestyle #u2 #weekend-album-review #war #80-s #irish #rock #music #ireland

More Interesting Articles

  • Torpus & the Art Directors Shoots Their Newest Music Video with the LomoKino!

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-17 in #world #lifestyle
    Torpus & the Art Directors Shoots Their Newest Music Video with the LomoKino!

    Bop your heads to the tune of the feel-good track by German band Torpus & the Art Directors, "Two Hearts," off their newest album, "The Dawn Chorus," which was released just last Friday! In this interview, band members and self-confessed Lomography and analog photography fans Melf and Sönke reveal to us behind-the-scene details on making the video.

    2
  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.

    1
  • Friday Movie Flashback: ‘Full Metal Jacket’

    written by cheeo on 2014-08-01 in #lifestyle
    Friday Movie Flashback: ‘Full Metal Jacket’

    Full Metal Jacket, one of director Stanley Kubrick’s greatest films played around the idea of war and the different types of men that fight them. It has become a modern classic as far as war movies are concerned.

  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • An Afternoon in Tagaytay Highlands

    written by stitch on 2014-07-28 in #world #locations
    An Afternoon in Tagaytay Highlands

    I have good memories of Tagaytay Highlands. There had been times when some of my friends and I would spend the weekend there, playing all sorts of sports and having our bodies healed in the warm and lapping jacuzzi pool. But those were distant memories. I was able to go back to this place, but only for an afternoon, and tried to remember the good old days.

  • Lomo'Instant Caribbean Edition? Arrrrgh, Ye Olde Lomographers Have Been Fooled!

    written by jacobs on 2015-01-05 in #gear #news
    Lomo'Instant Caribbean Edition? Arrrrgh, Ye Olde Lomographers Have Been Fooled!

    April Fools! Indeed, you came here looking for a Lomo'Instant Caribbean Edition and what you found instead was the truth behind our little April Fool's prank this year. What a bitter pill to swallow! But don't let this keep you down — there are still many great Lomographic goodies to delight in.

    26
  • The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-03-23 in #gear #reviews
    The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form at Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how she fell hard in love with the Lomography XPro Slide 200 film and why she takes it on her many travels.

    3
  • Shop News

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    Lubi Scooby Doo! Save 15% on Lomography film in the Bundle with the Lubitel!

    This beautiful camera features such ability to let users choose and switch between 35mm or 120 formats! Shoot more, save more! Get this Lubitel camera and get 15% discounts with Lomography Films!

  • Bank Holiday Weekend Treats!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-08-22 in #news
    Bank Holiday Weekend Treats!

    It's time to dust off the BBQ and bring out the drinks because here in the UK it's a Bank Holiday Weekend! We are celebrating this extended break with some unbelievable discounts for one weekend only! There is up to 75% discount on selected items! Find out what's up for grabs right here.

  • Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    written by tomas_bates on 2014-09-23 in #people #lomoamigos
    Going Post Tropical with our LomoAmigo James Vincent McMorrow and the La Sardina

    It's a huge pleasure to introduce our latest LomoAmigo, the fantastically gifted musician James Vincent McMorrow. This year, James launched his new album 'Post Tropical' and we couldn't wait to put a La Sardina camera in hands to play with for the Summer. He took the camera with him on his tour and snapped some truly cool shots. Check them out and read our interview with James below!

  • Light Painting Bash with the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-03-02 in #gear #lifestyle
    Light Painting Bash with the Lomo'Instant

    Have you ventured into light painting before? It's so fun and there are so many ways for you to explore it, we promise you'll never get bored. The folks here at HQ had a blast playing around with the Lomo'Instant and the result was a bunch of adorable, colorful photos!

    1
  • Shop News

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ and Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens are now ready to give you the best shots with vignetting effects, crisp quality shots together with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana! Save 15% on the Glass Lens in this Bundle!

  • Photographer Michael Ciavolino Tells the Story Behind 'Boat Ride, Rye Beach' (1962)

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-27 in #lifestyle
    Photographer Michael Ciavolino Tells the Story Behind 'Boat Ride, Rye Beach' (1962)

    Photographs with sprocket holes exposed are practically a dime a dozen these days but, of course, this wasn't the case more than 50 years ago. However, former freelance photographer Michael Ciavolino was already able to create one of the earliest examples of this technique back in the early '60s in his groundbreaking photograph called "Boat Ride, Rye Beach." Find out the fascinating story behind this photo, as well as how and why he did it in this exclusive Lomography feature!

  • Scare Us with Your Spookiest Petzval Halloween Photos Rumble

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-10-29 in #competitions
    Scare Us with Your Spookiest Petzval Halloween Photos Rumble

    Got scary ideas for Halloween? It's almost here and most of you are probably ready with the spookiest costumes ever! You can't let your spookiest best go by without capturing them, so load up those cameras, snap the terror away and turn it into Halloween fun. While you're at it, pick your best Petzval Halloween photos and join this rumble!

    2
  • Lubitel 166+: Lubitel is for Lovers+

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-05 in #reviews
    Lubitel 166+: Lubitel is for Lovers+

    Lubitel for lovers+. You're probably wondering, "Why is there a '+'?" It's to describe and expand a whole new definition of the Lubitel - in this case, this camera is not only for lovers literally, but also for anyone who loves to shoot portraits, street scenes, objects, and the skies. Do you love to take photos of your lover, your dear friend, your lovely family, your pet, or at the streets? This camera can be used in ALL situations. You can shoot everything that you love with it!