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To play the first 30 seconds of "I Will Follow" is to hear the entirety of early '00s indie rock unwittingly being born. The host of bands contained in that single, simple downstroke-downstroke-downstroke is staggering: Interpol! The National! Bloc Party! But the sleekest pop song ever written about Jesus is also the perfect introduction to the early U2 aesthetic: ruthless, cutting guitar minimalism paired with stiff, Teutonic drumming and topped by Bono's then-strange catlike yowl. Forget wraparound shades and Giant Neon Lemons and remember that this is the U2 whose first single was produced by Factory Records' resident knob-twiddler Martin Hannett (He was originally slated to produce the entire record, but was too broken up by Ian Curtis's suicide to proceed).
Much of Boy sounds airless and strange. There's a song on here called "An Cat Dubh," for God's sake, and it's practically a goth song — the Edge peeling off sharp, menacing icicles of guitar while a strange, disembodied saxophone wails behind him. Throughout, Boy is the work of a hardheaded band plowing determinedly forward with bared teeth and sheer force of will. Listen to the madman growling Bono indulges at the end of the turbulent "Another… read more »