Originally Posted by Rammitinski
It's a fad - just a big, long one.
The Joshua Tree puts me to sleep. Too monotonous and preachy for the most part. I don't particularly find preachy music to be "good Rock and Roll".
Actually, part of the problem with rock and roll is that not enough people are willing to stand up and take a stand on anything. There's always room for light weight pop or mindless whatever, but U2 had principles and stood up for them.. That's a godo thing in my book. Maybe if more bands did that, we'd have young people who are a little more socially and politically aware. Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby speak to me very deeply.
I would even go so far as to say that they are the most overrated Rock band of the last 20 years. Since when does popularity always equal good?
If you mean popularity by 13 year old girls, it might not say much. But they were popular among a considerably more discerning and serious crowd, though they certainly have had their mindless young fans as well.
And the music from a production stand point is really good, particularly something like Achtung Baby. It's immaculately lo-fi and is the kind of thing that many musicians and engineers and producers would hold up as exemplars of the craft (Lanois and Eno were important there as well, and on Joshua Tree.) It's extremely organic and amazing vintage guitar tones.
And think about it - do you ever hear other musicians saying that U2, or Bono, or The Edge is one of their influences or idols (not counting Coldplay, who just outright copies them for monetary gains?
I think that Edge is one of those folks who kept minimalist and tasteful guitar work alive at a time when most everything was synthopop. And yeh, I think he was quite influential among guitarists who consider that a good thing. You can tell that a musician has achieved a certain level of originality when you can hear something and just know that's almost certainly who it is, or where other guitarists use that person as a descriptive label for a whole style of guitar, and he is one of those guitarists.