War (album degli U2 del 1983)

Quattro anni prima dello spartiacque THE JOSHUA TREE, gli U2 pubblicarono un album diversamente di pari livello: WAR.

Già dalla prima canzone si respira grandezza, trattasi di Sunday bloody sunday, introdotta dalla batteria di Mullen e estesa dalla malinconica chitarra di The Edge: il testo narra l’uccisione di 14 civili durante una protesta in piazza. Seconds evoca la minaccia atomica, scandita dai tamburi di Larry e dalle corde acustiche di Dave Evans, alias The Edge. New year’s day lascia il segno, anche grazie al giro di basso di Adam Clayton, mentre stavolta Edge si cimenta brillantemente alle tastiere. Like a song ammicca nientemeno che all’hard/rock, inneggiando alle lotte quotidiane. Ecco poi una perla, ossia Drowning man, una struggente dedica di Bono ad Adam al tempo troppo dedito alla bottiglia: sublime il gemellaggio violino/ chitarra. The refugee racconta la fuga dalla guerra, sempre tristemente attuale. Two hearts beat as one è la dedica di Bono alla moglie Alison, pezzo scritto durante il viaggio di nozze in Giamaica: notevole il basso di Clayton. Red light sprigiona amore verso una prostituta e vi spicca la tromba in odore di funky-jazz. Surrender vive di una melodia eccezionale, mentre i versi intonano di una ragazza/aliena alla società. 40, di ispirazione biblica è un parto di Paul Hewson, alias Bono Vox.

WAR è un album di comunicazione trasversale, che rispecchia il periodo in cui fu pubblicato.

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