October (album)

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October
Studio album by U2
Released 12 October 1981 (1981-10-12)
Recorded
Genre Rock, post-punk
Length 41:05
Label Island
Producer Steve Lillywhite
U2 chronology
Boy
(1980)
October
(1981)
War
(1983)
Singles from October
  1. "Fire"
    Released: July 1981
  2. "Gloria"
    Released: October 1981

October is the second album by Irish rock band U2, from the year 1981. The album is about spirituality. It got mixed reviews and it was not played much by radio stations.

Recording[change | change source]

After touring for Boy, U2 began to write new songs. The band started recording in the studio in July 1981. Then Bono lost his notebook with the lyrics after a show in Portland, Oregon. He had to make up the words to songs as he was singing on the microphone. His lost notebook was returned many years later, in 2004. Bono said its return was "an act of grace".[1]

Reception[change | change source]

When it was released, October got more mixed reviews than their first album, Boy.

Dave McCullough of Sounds magazine praised the album. He said: "A kind of zenith pop then, no half measures. It all breathes fire... 'Gloria' being possibly Their Finest Moment and 'Tomorrow', low and muted, gently oozing emotion". McCullough also said, "This October will last forever".[2]

Adam Sweeting of Melody Maker also gave a good review. He said: "Their whole musical sensibility is shaped by a strong emotional bond to their homeland and its traditions. It gives them a completely different frame of reference from most groups...[3]

But, NME gave a negative review. Barney Hoskyns talked about the "excessive plaintiveness of Bono's voice and the forced power of U2's sound". He also said: "Obviously rock doesn't expire just because groups run out of ways to change it... U2, I guess, will continue to 'move' in live performance, but they will only move on the lightest surface. Their music does 'soar'... But then 'God' knows, there are other religions".[4]

Track listing[change | change source]

All of the songs were written by U2, and all of the lyrics were written by Bono.

  1. Gloria - 4:14
  2. I Fall Down - 3:39
  3. I Threw a Brick Through a Window - 4:54
  4. Rejoice - 3:37
  5. Fire - 3:51
  6. Tomorrow - 4:39
  7. October - 2:21
  8. With a Shout (Jerusalem) - 4:02
  9. Stranger in a Strange Land - 3:56
  10. Scarlet - 2:53
  11. Is That All? - 2:59

People[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "U2 lyrics returned after 23 years". BBC News. October 22, 2004. Retrieved 1 August, 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. McCullough, Dave (24 October 1981). "Bono Fide". Sounds magazine.
  3. Adam Sweeting. "The Art Of Survival [album review]". Melody Maker. 10 October 1981
  4. Hoskyns, Barney. "Fade to Grey [album review]. NME. 10 October 1981