U2 - Boy
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1980 Ratings: #56 / 126
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Based on 150 ratings
1980 Ratings: #48
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October 20, 1980 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Post-Punk / Genres / Website
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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the debut album from the first band I ever listened to. That is... that’s a doozy man.

If it isn't already clear from its title and cover art, the main theme of "Boy" is youth. It’s everywhere within the album's lyrics, whether it be related to the creeping fear of adolescence (“Twilight”), one's dawning sexuality (“An Cat Dubh”) or believing that the world could go far if they listened to what you said ... read more
It's still a very solid post-punk record and one of the band's best, U2 make a pretty great impression
Right from the strident opening track of this their debut album, it was clear that U2 would have a massive impact upon the global music scene. Looking back now, one forgets just how much this first outing captured a post-punk sound, but one can already detect the chiming timbres of Bono’s guitar and Bono’s stadium-filling vocal gymnastics, which have made him one of the greatest front men of all time in rock music. The aforementioned ‘I Will Follow You’, written about ... read more
U2 is one of those bands that continues to reinvent themselves (perhaps to a lesser degree, as of late). But listening to their debut makes me think that some of their best music came in the raw, right out of the gate. Boy is far from refined and not exactly dynamic, but it's energy is far more genuine than the band's modern efforts. Just an all around great listen. "The Electric Co." will forever be a banger.
Fav tracks: I Will Follow, Twilight, An Cat Dubh, Into the Heart, Stories for Boys, The Ocean, Shadows and Tall Trees
Least fav track: A Day Without Me
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Year End Lists

#24/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. I Will Follow 
  2. Twilight 
  3. An Cat Dubh 
  4. Into The Heart 
  5. Out Of Control 
  6. Stories For Boys 
  7. The Ocean 
  8. A Day Without Me 
  9. Another Time, Another Place 
  10. The Electric Co.
  11. Shadows And Tall Trees
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Added on: October 29, 2012