How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?

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How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« on: April 18, 2021, 07:08:14 AM »
I'm really interested to see this, from a fan perspective, as we've done 'rank the songs' individually, but never specifically ranking the albums overall.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2021, 07:13:52 AM »
Here's my own take:

1. Achtung Baby (9.7/10)
2. Joshua Tree (9.5/10)
3. POP (9.0/10)
4. Zooropa (8.5/10)
5. Innocence (8.2/10)
6. Unforgettable Fire (8.1/10)
7. Experience (7.9/10)
8. ATYCLB (7.7/10)
9. War (7.6/10)
10. Boy (7.6/10)
11. HTDAAB (7.5/10)
12. NLOTH (7.4/10)
13. October (7.3/10)

*I don't consider Rattle & Hum a 'real' U2 album because of the live tracks & snippets, hence I left it out...
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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2021, 10:44:34 AM »
Two numbers for me - quality and personal preference, in that order. The latter has sentimentality associated with it - for example, I think AB is highest quality throughout but I have such a sentimental attachment to the TUF and TJT eras that those are rated higher on the second number. For me, Rattle & Hum is very much an album with a secure place in the U2 canon.

1. The Unforgettable Fire (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.5)
2. The Joshua Tree (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.3)
3. Achtung Baby (Quality 9.8 | Personal Preference: 9.1)
4. SOI (Quality: 8.5 | Personal Preference 8.7)
5. War (Quality: 8.2 | Personal Preference: 8.7)
6. Rattle & Hum: (Quality: 7.8 Personal Preference: 8.5)
7. HTDAAB (Quality: 7.4 | Personal Preference: 7.9)
8. Boy (Quality: 7.2 | Personal Preference: 7.2)
9. NLOTH (Quality 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6._8)
10. Zooropa (Quality: 6.9 | Personal Preference: 6.2)
11. October (Quality: 6.2 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
12. ATYCLB ( Quality: 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
13. Pop (Quality: 6.0 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
14. SOE (Quality: 5.5 | Personal Preference: 5.5)
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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2021, 10:52:06 AM »
Achtung Baby 9
Joshua Tree 8.5
POP 8
Zooropa 8
NLOTH 7.5
SOE 7.5
ATYCLB 7
SOI 7
Unforgettable Fire 7
Boy 7
War 6.5
R&H 6
October 6
HTDAB 6

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2021, 09:26:55 PM »
Two numbers for me - quality and personal preference, in that order. The latter has sentimentality associated with it - for example, I think AB is highest quality throughout but I have such a sentimental attachment to the TUF and TJT eras that those are rated higher on the second number. For me, Rattle & Hum is very much an album with a secure place in the U2 canon.

1. The Unforgettable Fire (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.5)
2. The Joshua Tree (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.3)
3. Achtung Baby (Quality 9.8 | Personal Preference: 9.1)
4. SOI (Quality: 8.5 | Personal Preference 8.7)
5. War (Quality: 8.2 | Personal Preference: 8.7)
6. Rattle & Hum: (Quality: 7.8 Personal Preference: 8.5)
7. HTDAAB (Quality: 7.4 | Personal Preference: 7.9)
8. Boy (Quality: 7.2 | Personal Preference: 7.2)
9. NLOTH (Quality 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6._8)
10. Zooropa (Quality: 6.9 | Personal Preference: 6.2)
11. October (Quality: 6.2 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
12. ATYCLB ( Quality: 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
13. Pop (Quality: 6.0 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
14. SOE (Quality: 5.5 | Personal Preference: 5.5)

This is what I like to see. There's clearly a difference for the perceived 'quality' of an album & someone's personal preference, as everyone has differing tastes in music.

For example, I personally prefer the dense, layered soundscapes (of AB, POP & Zooropa) over the raw punk sound of the Lillywhite albums, or the sparse ambience in parts of the Unforgettable Fire.
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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2021, 09:58:51 PM »
Achtung Baby 10
Joshua Tree 10
POP 10
Zooropa 10
Passengers 10
NLOTH 10 minus a couple songs
SOE 10 minus several songs
ATYCLB 10
SOI 10 minus numerous songs
Unforgettable Fire 10
Boy 10
War 10
R&H 10
October 10
HTDAB 10 minus three songs (first U2 album to have songs I didnít like).

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2021, 10:07:32 PM »
I'm agreeing with all those tens, Rising Sun!
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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2021, 10:23:47 PM »

*I don't consider Rattle & Hum a 'real' U2 album because of the live tracks & snippets, hence I left it out...

Huh?

Seems like if you take out the live tracks and snippets, youíre left with...an album!

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2021, 11:32:33 PM »
TUF 10/10 and greatest album of all time by any artist
AB   9.5/10
JT  9/10
Zooropa 8.5/10
NLOTH 8/10
WAR 8/10
SOE 7.5/10
BOY 7/10
POP 7/10
SOI 6.5/10
R&H 6.5/10
October 6/10
ATYCLB 6/10
HTDAAB 5.5/10
Passengers 5/10

NO U2 album rates less than a 5/10 for me. There are great songs on every single album, even passengers, which has 5 or 6 brilliant songs along with 5 or 6 duds.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2021, 02:58:09 AM »
Two numbers for me - quality and personal preference, in that order. The latter has sentimentality associated with it - for example, I think AB is highest quality throughout but I have such a sentimental attachment to the TUF and TJT eras that those are rated higher on the second number. For me, Rattle & Hum is very much an album with a secure place in the U2 canon.

1. The Unforgettable Fire (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.5)
2. The Joshua Tree (Quality: 9 | Personal Preference: 9.3)
3. Achtung Baby (Quality 9.8 | Personal Preference: 9.1)
4. SOI (Quality: 8.5 | Personal Preference 8.7)
5. War (Quality: 8.2 | Personal Preference: 8.7)
6. Rattle & Hum: (Quality: 7.8 Personal Preference: 8.5)
7. HTDAAB (Quality: 7.4 | Personal Preference: 7.9)
8. Boy (Quality: 7.2 | Personal Preference: 7.2)
9. NLOTH (Quality 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6._8)
10. Zooropa (Quality: 6.9 | Personal Preference: 6.2)
11. October (Quality: 6.2 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
12. ATYCLB ( Quality: 6.1 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
13. Pop (Quality: 6.0 | Personal Preference: 6.0)
14. SOE (Quality: 5.5 | Personal Preference: 5.5)

This is what I like to see. There's clearly a difference for the perceived 'quality' of an album & someone's personal preference, as everyone has differing tastes in music.

For example, I personally prefer the dense, layered soundscapes (of AB, POP & Zooropa) over the raw punk sound of the Lillywhite albums, or the sparse ambience in parts of the Unforgettable Fire.

Your logic makes no sense at all.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2021, 03:07:56 AM »
TUF 9/10

Replace pride with something good - love comes tumbling as an example - and it would be a 10

AB 9/10
JT 9/10
Zooropa 9/10
Passengers 8/10
War 7/10
Boy 7/10
Pop 7/10
October 7/10
NLOTH 5/10
SOE 5/10
ATYCLB 4/10
HTDAAB 4/10
R&H 3/10
SOI 2/10

Itís no surprise the bottom of the list contains mostly their post pop work. Although rattle and hum gets just 3 on account of it being u2 at their most overblown, self important and pompous. That said it does have heartland and a stonking version of bullet.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2021, 06:43:33 AM »
TUF 10/10 and greatest album of all time by any artist
AB   9.5/10
JT  9/10
Zooropa 8.5/10
NLOTH 8/10

NLOTH an 8/10 rating :o :o

Forgive me, but I honestly find it hard to fathom that someone could consider an album featuring (Unknown Caller, Crazy Tonight, Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy & White As Snow) as U2's fifth best overall.

Or perhaps Codeguy is living in an alternate reality where these are great tracks. I'd like to inhabit that reality!
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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2021, 07:09:53 AM »
Basically, thereís three tiers for me.

AB 10
TJT 9.5
Zoo 9.5
TUF 9
WAR 8

R&H 7
POP 7
BOY 7
NLOTH 7

ATYCLB 6
SOI 6
SOE 5
OCT 4
Bomb 3
First Chair. Last Call.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2021, 01:07:48 PM »
TUF 10/10 and greatest album of all time by any artist
AB   9.5/10
JT  9/10
Zooropa 8.5/10
NLOTH 8/10

NLOTH an 8/10 rating :o :o

Forgive me, but I honestly find it hard to fathom that someone could consider an album featuring (Unknown Caller, Crazy Tonight, Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy & White As Snow) as U2's fifth best overall.

Or perhaps Codeguy is living in an alternate reality where these are great tracks. I'd like to inhabit that reality!

Dunno mate you seem to rate SOI. At least they TRIED something a bit different in parts of NLOTH. SOI is a lumpen dead weight of a record which I guarantee no one pays much attention to now.

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Re: How would you rate the U2 albums (out of ten)?
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2021, 01:09:31 PM »
TUF 10/10 and greatest album of all time by any artist
AB   9.5/10
JT  9/10
Zooropa 8.5/10
NLOTH 8/10

NLOTH an 8/10 rating :o :o

Forgive me, but I honestly find it hard to fathom that someone could consider an album featuring (Unknown Caller, Crazy Tonight, Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy & White As Snow) as U2's fifth best overall.

Or perhaps Codeguy is living in an alternate reality where these are great tracks. I'd like to inhabit that reality!

Dunno mate you seem to rate SOI. At least they TRIED something a bit different in parts of NLOTH. SOI is a lumpen dead weight of a record which I guarantee no one pays much attention to now.
Um, funny you say that...I just worked out to that record.  :P
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