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4.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 2 Aug 2008
This review is from: October (Audio CD)
"October", the second album, is perhaps U2's strangest record : hastily written and recorded, it sees Bono as an evangelical Christian, espousing the virtue of God over a curiously uncohesive musical backing. Some of the songs here are clearly the sound of a band racing against the clock to create enough material for an album, and it is, therefore, the weakest U2 album in their canon. There are some unrecognised moments of genius (such as the title track itself), but these are few and far between. The bonus disc is also, once again, rather underwhelming. All the non album songs of the time are included (aside from an alternate mix of the title track that was on a compilation release), as well as an assortment of live b-sides, and a third of a rather brilliant concert the BBC recorded in London in December 1982. The whole show is worthy of release, and the discs again have ample space to contain the material, so quite why it isn't included is a mystery. The bonus disc is topped off with a superior BBC Radio Session - which easily eclipses the original LP recordings but misses 1 of the 4 numbers recorded - and somewhat incongruously, a 1996 reworking of album track "Tomorrow". This 1996 recording sits miles apart from the original in style and production, and sounds like the work of a different band, thus breaking the spell and seal of history set by the previous contents. The bonus disc is, sadly, again the sound of a band failing to satisfy their fans with a half-way house that satisfies no one and leaves out huge chunks of available music in favour of blank space. Well done, millionaire rock stars, with a value-for-money ethos.
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