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The Unforgettable Fire

The Unforgettable Fire

by U2 U2
The Unforgettable Fire

The Unforgettable Fire

by U2 U2


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In many ways, U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn't a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge's layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up, The Unforgettable Fire. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes that are occasionally punctuated by recognizable songs and melodies. In such a setting, the band both flourishes and flounders, creating some of their greatest music, as well as some of their worst. "Elvis Presley and America" may well be Bono's most embarrassing attempt at poetry, yet it is redeemed by the chilling and wonderful "Bad," a two-chord elegy for an addict that is stunning in its control and mastery. Similarly, the wet, shimmering textures of the title track, the charging "A Sort of Homecoming," and the surging Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute "Pride (In the Name of Love)" are all remarkable, ranking among U2's very best music, making the missteps that clutter the remainder of the album somewhat forgivable.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2009
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517924017
catalogNumber: 001320102
Rank: 2432


  1. A Sort of Homecoming
  2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  3. Wire
  4. The Unforgettable Fire
  5. Promenade
  6. 4th of July
  7. Bad
  8. Indian Summer Sky
  9. Elvis Presley & America
  10. MLK

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Barrett   Keyboards,fairlight
Bono   Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Vocals
Larry Mullen   Drums
Clayton   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Noel Kelehan   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Larry Mullen   Composer
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Concept,Cover Design,Sleeve Design
Anton Corbijn   Concept,Sleeve Design
Paul McGuinness   Management
Slane Castle   Engineer
Ellen Darst   Management
Anne-Louise Kelly   Management

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