Let's remember the criticisms of this album so grand, both are from the time of launch of Boy on September 20, 1980.
Critique of Billboard: Again, another British band which moves in the outer margin of Rock. With a deep, rich production, U2 makes music is hypnotic in its swirl of images and textures. Although the quartet is often experienced in the approach, each of the 11 tracks has a certain accessibility similar to that of Pink Floyd. The use of what sounds like a xylophone or vibraphone is a twist for a rock act. As usual, get an ardent Lillywhite drum sound that gives the LP a push from start to finish. The best songs: "I Will Follow," "An Cat Dubh," "Another Time, Another Place," "Out Of Control," "Twilight."
Critique of The Washington Post: Ambition, in its incubation stage is often characterized by the bereaved group's willingness to be willing to look ridiculous. Judging by her debut album, "Boy," the members of U2 have contracted a severe case.
U2 mixed the guitar early Pink Floyd / King Crimson with lots of images relating to the shadows and rain and oceans, after the fashion of Jim Morrison; prevent ragged punk rhythms that have brought fame and disapproval of his fellow Irish , the Boomtown Rats, and adopt nicknames like "The Edge" and "Bono Vox" by the ancient tradition of rockers from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols. The result, though considered as "unique" is predictably confusing.
NOTE: Neither do I know the band King Crimson. If anyone can enlighten us ...
But the determination with which this band holds your symptoms of ambition is slightly infectious. With "Boy", for example, have tried to create a sort of concept album about the dangers after puberty. While this is not an original idea - in fact, one can say that the whole rock lies in one of those precarious promontories - U2 (aged 18 to 20 years) has the advantage of having some other experience to complete the subject.
NOTE: Quite right. Puberty and its problems are present throughout the disc, but Bono offers a new perspective because of the untimely death of his mother when he was 14. No doubt this framework we can see Bono and reflected in many songs by U2.
For U2, the literary creation of hooks (instead of music), consists largely of the word "trees (trees)," looks like a new trick, but for others, it sounds like a dream that could have Joyce Kilmer after taking too much garlic. Similarly, the band offers blatant metaphors of the ocean splashing "the soul of my shoes - the soul of my shoes" ("The Ocean") and springs brave lacking logic as follows ("Shadows and Tall Trees" ):
You feel me, nothing will redeem,
Anything worth feel
Life is like a tight rope, hanging from my ceiling.
This kind of sentimentality bad Janis Ian would get dizzy, U2 and tends to 'spice up' with a lot of sincere groans.
NOTE: definitely the way to compose songs of Bono reach its peak with The Joshua Tree, but Boy makes up its momentum and courage.
But the sheer exuberance that redeems these 11 songs is wonderfully fresh. Perhaps moderation and experience come with age, they can still provide an identity to U2. They already have the necessary guts.