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Friday, 26 October 2012 10:20

Falling in love with music: 'The Unforgettable Fire' by U2 + Video

Falling in love with music: 'The Unforgettable Fire' by U2
Written by Amy Burger

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On the first day of October 1984, U2 released its fourth studio album, "The Unforgettable Fire." The album had a decidedly different sound than the band's previous efforts -- less raw, more refined and introspective.

Co-produced by ambient/experimental music guru Brian Eno, along with Canadian Daniel Lanois, much of the record has what can only be described as a "haunting" quality not heard before on U2's earlier, harder material, signaling a real turning point in the band's creative direction.

It's this haunting quality, along with the chilled tone of songs like "A Sort of Homecoming," "The Unforgettable Fire," "Promenade" and "Indian Summer Sky" that conjure the feeling of fall for me. The album's release date coincided with the fall of my freshman year of high school -- a very impressionable time in my life -- contributing to it being a constant reminder of the season for me.

Then there's that cover shot: a sepia-toned photo of a cloud-streaked sky over the ivy-covered ruins of Ireland's Moydrum Castle. The ghostly image echoes the sounds within. Though U2's second album is titled "October," it is "The Unforgettable Fire" that really feels like the 10th month of the year.

Two rivers run too deep, the seasons change and so do I. – "Indian Summer Sky"


Discover more great autumn albums in our "Falling in Love With Music" series.

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