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U2 - Boy LP
U2 - Boy LP

Boy LP

U2

Description

From the outset, U2 went for the big message -- every song on their debut album Boy sounds huge, with oceans of processed guitars cascading around Bono's impassioned wail. It was an inspired combination of large, stadium-rock beats and post-punk textures. Without the Edge's echoed, ringing guitar, U2 would have sounded like a traditional hard rock band, since the rhythm section and Bono treat each song as an anthem. Of course, that's the charm of Boy: all of its emotions are on the surface, delivered with optimistic, youthful self-belief, yet the unusual, distinctive guitar textures give it an unexpected tension that makes it an exhilarating debut. The songs may occasionally show some weakness -- the driving "I Will Follow," the dark "An Cat Dubh," and the shimmering "The Ocean" stand out among the sonic textures -- yet the band's musical and lyrical vision keep Boy compelling until the finish.

Tracklist

A1. I Will Follow
A2. Twilight
A3. An Cat Dubh
A4. Into The Heart
A5. Out Of Control

B1. Stories For Boys
B2. The Ocean
B3. A Day Without Me
B4. Another Time, Another Place
B5. The Electric Co.
B6. Shadows And Tall Trees