Released: 9 March 1987
Recorded: January 1986 – January 1987
Studio: STSDanesmoate HouseMelbeachWindmill Lane[nb 1]
Genre: Rockalternative rockart rock
Producer: Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno
The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records.
In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release, The Unforgettable Fire, the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree.
The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and through sociopolitically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery, it contrasts the group’s antipathy for the “real America” with their fascination with the “mythical America”.