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"I Will Follow" is the quintessential religious anthem for which this band became famous. Even from this early age their concept of "surrender", an unwillingness to define rebellion by violent or destructiveness (crystallized in the song by that name in War), was being developed. This song did encapsulate U2's guitar sound for the next eight or nine years. A two chord rhythmic pattern backing a melodic base line was all that this song had, and it established a sound emulated by bands like The Alarm, The Cult and even (in only one instance though, The Church).
Much is said about the homoerotic content of "Twighlight", and that tells a lot about the innocence of these guys during this time when it took them years to realize that their ode to that difficult age when the boy meets (turns into) the man could be taken literally.
These are only two songs, others like "Out of Control" and "The Electric Co." show promise, but it's the earlier two that establish a fresh face in eighties music. Driven by religion, ethics and morality as much as by guitar, this album and band brought forth an alternative to the mostly cynical and self serving synth-based era.
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