U2 - October
U2 - October

U2 - October

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Tracklist

A1 Gloria 4:12
A2 I Fall Down 3:39
A3 I Threw A Brick Through A Window 4:53
A4 Rejoice 3:36
A5 Fire 3:50
B1 Tomorrow 4:36
B2 October 2:20
B3 With A Shout 4:01
B4 Stranger In A Strange Land 3:57
B5 Scarlet 2:50
B6 Is That All? 3:02

October is the second studio album by Irish rock band U2, released in 1981. The album featured spiritual themes, inspired by Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen, Jr.'s memberships in a Christian group called the "Shalom Fellowship", which led them to question the relationship between the Christian faith and the rock and roll lifestyle. The album received mixed reviews and limited radio play.

AllMusic Review by

U2 sounded so confident and assured on their debut that perhaps it was inevitable they would stumble slightly on its follow-up, October. The record isn't weaker than its predecessor because it repeats the formula of Boy. It's because the band tries too hard to move forward. Bono, in particular, tries too hard to make big political, emotional, and religious statements, but the remainder of the band isn't innocent. In general, the music is too pompous, with the sound overwhelming the actual songs. But when U2 do marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive.