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U2's albums '80-'05 - ranked

RB "RPB"
 
Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby
"U2's brave entry into the '90's, full of anthemic  classics with a dark edge... "One" "Mysterious Ways" "Ultra Violet" and so on!"
Zooropa
Zooropa
"Fizzy and colourful followup to achtung, took a while to grow on me and it does not contain the bands most obvious classics, but one  I listen to often. "Lemon" "Stay""Zooropa" "Babyface"..."
Boy
Boy
"Where it all started, still sharp, fresh and full of energy. Standouts "I will follow" "Twilight" "Out of control" "Stories for boys"...."
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
"Pretty consistent latest album, adding a number of classics to the U2 canon. "Vertigo" "Sometimes..." "City of blinding...""
Under A Blood Red Sky
Under A Blood Red Sky
"Representative of early 80's U2 and a fitting closure to their early period up to War. Perhaps due a remaster with all the tracks from the original performance though. "Gloria""New Years..""
The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
"Many would place this album higher, but it is perhaps a little (Gasp!) overrated! Fantastic singles and fair few quality album tracks but not as wholly compelling to me as U2's above works."
Pop
Pop
"Far from a weak effort as percieved by many, it seems to have got better with age to me. Not overly "poppy" either with some heavy lyrics and dancey arrangements. "Discotheque""Staring at the sun""
All That You Can't Leave Behind
All That You Can't Leave Behind
"Very excited when this one came out, didnt dissapoint on the whole. Mostly mellow but a pleasant listen all the same. Standouts "Beautiful day" "Stuck in a moment" "In a little while"..."
The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
"Some classic U2 from the mid 80's. "Sort of homecoming" "Pride" "Bad" "Indian summer sky" (A great lesser known track, bit danceable too!)"
October
October
"Perhaps an underrated album, contains some classic early U2. Quite a serious album though. "Gloria" "With a shout" "Scarlet""
War
War
"Good collection on the whole, not much depth to a few tracks though. Standouts "Sunday Bloody Sunday" "New years day" "seconds" "40""
Rattle And Hum
Rattle And Hum
"Tad overlong but still contains some U2 classics. "Desire" "Angel of Harlem" "God part 2" "heartland"
Wide Awake In America
Wide Awake In America
"Pleasant enough mid 80's collection. Slim at 4 tracks (2 live, 2 non album) but good if can pick up cheap."