Sounds like … the standard for alternative pop and anthemic stadium rock from the '80s, derived from David Bowie and The Who, resembling Midnight Oil and Simple Minds, and influential to the majority of today's Christian rock bands, including Delirious, Tree63, and MercyMe.
At a glance … one of the most vital and influential albums in the history of rock—both mainstream and Christian—finally receives overdue remastered treatment in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Though not particularly sturdy, the Joshua tree is a medium-sized spiny tree regarded for its perseverance in the dry and barren wilderness of Southwestern America. It's believed that the Mormons gave the tree its name because it reminded them of Joshua raising his hands to the heavens in the middle of the desert, leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land.
The tree is also the driving metaphor behind U2's landmark 1987 album of the same name, which has had profound and widespread impact over the last 20 years. Rolling Stone named The Joshua Tree No. 26 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while CCM magazine placed it at No. 6 on its Greatest Albums in Christian Music list. Christian artists ranging from Caedmon's Call and MercyMe to P.O.D. and Chris Tomlin have covered songs specifically from this album, and some believers have even used the music as the basis for a Catholic worship service. Selling in excess of 20 million copies, the album has clearly left its mark on mainstream and Christian culture alike.
It's been said that The Joshua Tree was a "tribute" to America, but ultimately it's an album about longing, perhaps most clearly illustrated in the quintessential anthem of unrequited love, "With or Without You." ...1