U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (1984)


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. 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.

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 and America
10 MLK