U2’s strident march into rock ‘n’ roll legend took its first true steps with this record. Boy and October had given them an audience of hardcore devotees, but War gave them the full and rapt ear of the world. Their case was made with a record of contrasting moments; it is interesting to note that the lyrics printed on the gatefold sleeve are done so selectively. When this record breaks the silence, it roars, U2’s now familiar outcry making itself apparent through dogmatic, but insatiable appeal. At the same time, ‘Drowning Man’ hinted at the texture and depth of work they would later produce. They were well on the way with this.
Tracks: Sunday Bloody Sunday; Seconds; Like A Song; New Years Day; Two Hearts Beat As One; The Refugee; Drowning Man; Red Light; ‘40’; Surrender....