Review #135: The Joshua Tree, U2

Karla Clifton
2 min readJul 19, 2021

#135: The Joshua Tree, U2

I got dressed for a fish funeral while listening to this album for the first time. RIP Birdie II, your life was brief but my love for you is everlasting.

The second time, though, I was struck by just how many of these songs I knew. Did this album come out when I was a kid? No, turns out this came out in 1987, so it’s older than me by almost ten years.

The album I’m thinking of is of COURSE, 2004’s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, which probably caused a spike in general U2 radio airplay. But that album rocks! It has “Vertigo” and “All Because Of You,” both of which are extremely exciting songs. HELLO, HELLO. HOLA! I’m at a place called Vertigo!

Jeez, I know a whole lot of U2 songs. Maybe I love U2.


“Where The Streets Have No Name” — Is it their amazing, dramatic, fade-in intros?

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” — Is it their magical guitar effects? Although Bono sounds like he’s singing with his mouth completely, totally full during just one line.

“With Or Without You” — Is it the way Bono just wails?

“Bullet The Blue Sky” — Is it because the beginning of this one sounds just like “Machinehead” by Bush?

“In God’s Country” — Or is it just because this album feels like it’s about America? USA! USA!

“One Tree Hill” — This one actually has a really beautiful story, it’s about a U2 roadie named Greg Carroll who was killed in a motorcycle accident. Bono did the vocals in one take, and just wow. He is sobbing.


“Running To Stand Still” — Acoustic heroin song where Bono does a Lou Reed impression.

“Red Hill Mining Town” — Boring & generic coal mining song. Sorry, Bono.


It’s a little weird that the only two U2 albums on the list are so near each other, isn’t it? I guess it does logically follow that a band will produce albums of similar quality. I don’t know if this list is really following any logic at all, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt this one time, just because I love U2 so much, I guess.

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