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    Match-Cut Band Consensus - U2

    The Rules of the Game:

    How to post selections:

    - Assign a rating to each album based on a scale of 1-10
    - Half points may be used
    - It is not necessary to rank the albums. Instead, please post all lists in chronological order, starting with the earliest album.

    For an album to be eligible for the band's overall rating, it must have at least four (4) votes. Otherwise, there isn't a sufficient amount of votes to make the rating as objective or effective as an album that has received twenty (20) votes. If an album is mentioned only once or twice, I will still post that album's average (quite easy if only mentioned once) but I will separate it from the albums that factor into the band's overall rating.


    U2 - Discography

    Boy
    October
    War
    Under a Blood Red Sky
    Unforgettable Fire
    Wide Awake in America
    Joshua Tree
    Rattle and Hum
    Achtung Baby
    Zooropa
    Pop
    All That You Can't Leave Behind
    How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb
    No Line on the Horizon
    Songs of Innocence

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    Boy - 9
    October - 8
    War - 6
    Unforgettable Fire - 10
    Joshua Tree - 10
    Rattle and Hum - 5
    Achtung Baby - 10
    Zooropa - 8
    Pop - 4
    All That You Can't Leave Behind - 6
    How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb - 3
    No Line on the Horizon - 8
    Songs of Innocence - 6

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    Passengers: Original Soundtracks V.1 - 6

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    The Joshua Tree - 9
    Achtung Baby - 8
    All That You Can't Leave Behind- 7

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    Dont think Ive ever listened to an entire U2 album.

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    Boy - 6
    October - 4
    War - 8.5
    Unforgettable Fire - 7
    Joshua Tree - 7
    Rattle and Hum - 5

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    Quote Quoting Skitch (view post)
    Dont think Ive ever listened to an entire U2 album.
    Ditto.

    Us - ***
    Climax - *
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - ** 1/2


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    I hadn't before the past two days, and now I've listened to 2. I'm gonna try and listen to a couple more this week.

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    I haven't listened to their latest but that's ok. Also I'm just going to rate their albums and not the EPs.

    Boy-9
    October-9.5
    War-10
    Unforgettable Fire-9.5
    Joshua Tree-10
    Rattle and Hum-9.5
    Achtung Baby-9.5
    Zooropa-9
    Pop-8
    All That You Can't Leave Behind-5.5
    How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb-9.5
    No Line on the Horizon-8.5

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    I've got nothing for this. I only know the songs they released as singles in the late 80s, early 90s, and nothing ever got me interested enough to ever listen to an entire album. The only songs of theirs I truly enjoy are "When Love Comes to Town" and "Numb."
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    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    Like Someone in Love
    (2012) 56
    Timbuktu
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    ) 62
    The Changeling (1980) 65
    The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2019) 59
    Ida
    (2013) 65
    Nocturama (2016) 68

    Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days
    (2018) 45

    The Guns of Navarone
    (1961) 71
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 65
    A Simple Favor (2018) 47

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    Boy - 8.5
    October - 8.5
    War - 8.0
    Joshua Tree - 8.0
    Achtung Baby - 7.5
    Pop - 4
    All That You Can't Leave Behind - 4
    No Line on the Horizon - 4.5
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    Love and Death (Allen, 1975): **.5
    Lord of the Flies (Brook, 1963): ***.5

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    Brooklyn Nine Nine (Season 1): ***
    Olive Kitteridge (Mini-Series): ****

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    I'm confused by Davis's apathy towards War. I think it's easily their best album.

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    I usually flip flop between War and The Joshua Tree when it comes to their best.

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    Quote Quoting ledfloyd (view post)
    I'm confused by Davis's apathy towards War. I think it's easily their best album.
    It's a transitional album between the post-punk sounds of Boy and October, and the more ambitious sounds of Unforgettable Fire; it doesn't have the energy of the previous albums, nor is it as confident as the next. It also has the dubious distinction of coming right before, and not being as good, as the best album ever recorded by any band ever.

    I doubt I'll ever hear an album as long as I live as good as Unforgettable Fire.

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    But Sunday Bloody Sunday, and New Year's Day!

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    Boy 7.5/10
    October 5.5/10
    War 9/10
    Unforgettable Fire 7/10
    Joshua Tree 8.5/10
    Rattle and Hum 3/10
    Achtung Baby 7.5/10
    Zooropa 7/10
    Songs of Innocence 6.5/10

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    Quote Quoting ledfloyd (view post)
    But Sunday Bloody Sunday, and New Year's Day!
    A 6 isn't bad! I'm not on the modern 7-10 scale.

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    I'll try to listen to more of these this week and alter ratings if any of them vary from this impression.

    War - 6.5
    The Unforgettable Fire - 9.5
    The Joshua Tree - 9
    Achtung Baby - 10
    Pop - 7
    All That You Can't Leave Behind - 4.5
    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 4
    No Line on the Horizon - 6
    Songs of Innocence - 4.5
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    I should apparently give Achtung Baby a chance at some point.

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    No love for Surrender? That song is fantastic.

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    Quote Quoting ledfloyd (view post)
    I should apparently give Achtung Baby a chance at some point.
    I'm going to guess that you will enjoy it a lot. It's rather different from any of their 80s works.

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    Just about listened to all the albums I care to. Overall this is not a band I like. I like about 2-3 radio hits and then really like about 3 other songs.

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    Boy 5
    October 4
    War 7
    Joshua Tree 5
    Achtung Baby 7
    Pop 3
    All That You Can't Leave Behind 6
    Songs of Innocence 8

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    I find that listening to early U2 is a good reminder why we are forced to put up with later U2. I'll have a few ratings up soon. Just trying to catch up a bit before the deadline.
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***
    The Forbidden Room (Maddin/Johnson, 2015) ***1/2
    Our Little Sister (Koreeda, 2015) ***
    What We Do in the Shadows (Clement/Waititi, 2014) ***1/2

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    Boy - 9
    October - 6 ("Gloria" is one of their best songs tho)
    War - 6
    Under a Blood Red Sky - 7
    Unforgettable Fire - 9
    Joshua Tree - 9
    Rattle and Hum - 7
    Achtung Baby - 10
    Zooropa - 9
    Pop - 6
    All That You Can't Leave Behind - 6
    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 5 ("City of Blinding Lights" is one their best songs tho)

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    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Glass - 8
    The Village - 7
    Leaving Neverland - YIKES
    Isn't It Romantic - 7
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - 9
    High Flying Bird - 6
    Burning - 9
    Cold War - 7
    Green Book - 2
    Fyre - 7

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    I'm with Davis re: War is a bit overrated and Unforgettable Fire is massively underrated. I also have a huge love for 90s era u2 esp. the slept on Zooropa. Plus I don't think Pop is half-bad.

    edit: Pop hasn't aged well and I apparently have more nostalgia for Rattle and Hum than I remembered. Ratings updated above.
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Glass - 8
    The Village - 7
    Leaving Neverland - YIKES
    Isn't It Romantic - 7
    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - 9
    High Flying Bird - 6
    Burning - 9
    Cold War - 7
    Green Book - 2
    Fyre - 7

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