First half vs Second Half

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First half vs Second Half
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:19:17 AM »
Here's what we need, another poll to rate our boys career.  Now that they have an even 14 (discounting Passengers which is a continued debate for another day) which half of their career do you prefer.  The first half, albums 1-7 include the always top rated AB and TJT, so the first half may be hard to beat.  However, the Second half has fan favorites Pop and Zooropa and what some consider a strong SOE but some fan duds too.

So you pick, first half or second half.

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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 08:22:00 AM »
I chose 1st half, but it was tough. Boy and AB and TJT combined just barely beat out POP.

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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 08:44:19 AM »
Analytically, I have 4 second half albums in my top 7 and only 3 first half in my top 7, so from a cold numbers point of view, I would have to go for second half, but hard for me to pull the trigger against AB and TJT.  For me, do the unmitigated strength of these two being in my top 7 overcome the fact that I only have 3 in my top 7?

AB
TJT
Zooropa
Pop
NLOTH
HTDAAB
TUF
War
SOE
RH
Boy
ATYCLB
SOI
October

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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 08:44:48 AM »
I think I'll wait two more studio albums  ;D
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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2017, 09:27:51 AM »
For me, first half by a country mile.  I don't think they ever quite matched the intensity and just overall quality they had from Boy to R&H.  I love AB, and have an appreciation for U2's 'weird' years, but 83-89 (War to Rattle and Hum) was when I think U2 was at their very best.
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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 09:32:59 AM »
The first half is my favorite. While the 90's are probably my favorite decade for the band, I can't deny how much I love albums like TJT, TUF, and October.

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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2017, 09:39:42 AM »
The period up to the end of the Zoo TV is my favourite.  I kind of lost interest in them after that for a long time.  The release of Passengers was basically a none event for me and I followed the PopMart tour as a semi-detached observer, although I remember recording the Sarajevo gig from the radio.

I don't really look at U2's career in terms of halves, but rather in terms of thirds: the 1980s, 90s, and 00s and 10s.

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Re: First half vs Second Half
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2017, 10:47:29 AM »
Here's what we need, another poll to rate our boys career.  Now that they have an even 14 (discounting Passengers which is a continued debate for another day) which half of their career do you prefer.  The first half, albums 1-7 include the always top rated AB and TJT, so the first half may be hard to beat.  However, the Second half has fan favorites Pop and Zooropa and what some consider a strong SOE but some fan duds too.

So you pick, first half or second half.
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