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Moma wasn't home last night, so when she isn't home I like to play some heavier stuff very loud! As I was playing this album, I was stunned to find how great side "A" was and how bad (or no so good) Side "B" was. 

Do you have albums like this? 

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Side 1 of U2's War album is pretty great, Side 2 not so much.

The rather obscure 2nd Simple Minds album Real To Real Cacophoney has a not so great Side 1 and a very good Side 2.

There will be more albums, but these were the first 2 thoughts.

Can't think now of an album where one side is really bad and the other side is very good (or great), even if there will be many (probably).

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On 11/21/2020 at 11:28 AM, Lampi said:

Side 1 of U2's War album is pretty great, Side 2 not so much.

Side 2 may not be as great as side 1, but it's not horrible to a point of not listening to it. As the first two album's I posted. 

But then again, War is my favorite U2 album. 

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Not counting the two Synchronicity songs, Side 1 of Synchronicity is rather bad. And even these songs [Synchronicity I and II) are good but not great. As opposed to the great Side 2, probably the best side of any Police album.

But then, the Police were a very great singles band, not a great album band.

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On 11/24/2020 at 1:32 AM, gsquare said:

That’s how I feel about The Joshua Tree, only because side 1 is so exceptionally good.

 

2 hours ago, Johnstown Company said:

Good call, first 3 songs are fantastic.

The whole Side 1 is very great, and also In God's Country, a fantastic song (and, like a review of the album said at the time, a sort of title song).

I am not a very big fan of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For:ph34r:, but it is undeniable a great song.

Red Hill Mining Town, One Tree Hill and Exit are very good (or great) too (but not on the same level as Side 1 and In God's Country).

Trip Through Your Wires sounds like it belongs on another U2 album.

A really great album (what Joshua Tree is, of course) could even be greater, with a great closing song. Instead you get Mothers.

In other words: after songs about U.SA. politics in Central America, heroin addiction, Red Hill Mining Town, the death of a friend and a poet from Chile murdered by the Pinochet government, the album could maybe use some fresh air, or a positive ending that despite the previous songs, not all is bad in the world. Instead you get Mothers.

This all said, I rate The Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby as both greater (and more favourite) albums (and Boy and October more favourite too (not greater albums than Joshua Tree, but more favourite)).

 

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