I haven't voted yet as I'm really not sure. I'm torn! Back in 1997, when the band released songs like Discotheque and especially Mofo I longed for them to make more songs in that vein. Very Chemical Brothers/Prodigy-esque with those frenetic pounding dance beats. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of dance music but I loved that song. It was dance but gritty, edgy dance. However what passes for dance music today I really can't stand. Well most that I hear anyway. I find it bland, insipid and all sounding the same. I'm really not sure what is classed as EDM but if it's the likes of David Guetta or Calvin Harris then please, noooooooo! I mean, I liked that Rihanna song with Calvin Harris, We Found Love. It was catchy enough. However, it then seemed like a thousand other songs all came out with exactly the same sound and beat and I was totally sick of it! If that's the sort of dance/pop you mean for U2 than definitely no. That album Mark Ronson did several years back, of dance cover versions of various songs (with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, etc) now I thought that was quite inventive and I liked some of the sounds on that. That I wouldn't mind so much for U2 but not the Harris/Guetta stuff and I couldn't stand it if they did a bland Coldplay style pop/rock album full of bland mid tempo songs, or like OneRepublic (I liked their debut album but very little since, sooo bland!). I love when U2 really "rock out" (maaaaan, lol). I mean, rock with a gritty edge. I like experimental U2. Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop are 3 of my favourite U2 albums and I love some of their songs from their Passengers album, especially Your Blue Room and later songs like Stateless. I love their 80's stuff too, of course, but edgy, adventurous, experimental 90's U2 is by far my favourite.
If only they could get some of that grit, energy and experimentation and basically FIRE back into their music I don't care what style it's in really - they could release an album full of Benedictine Monks chanting away, accompanied by trad Irish folk artists, a Bollywood flavour and throw in some Andean Pipers in for good measure and I'll be happy if the band really sound genuinely into what they're doing! I really want to hear grittier guitar playing from Edge again and Adam and Larry's playing brought to the fore more. I agree that Bono should sing in his lower register more these days. His lower register sounds smooth and sexy. When he starts straining his voice to hit the high notes or sing in a higher key he can sound a bit painful now, it's sad to say.
Anyway, of those two clips, I think The Best Thing is awful. Bland, formulaic, generic dance pop. U2 are better than that. I love the sound in Adam's studio clip a lot more. I know the 90's techno (or whatever you call it) sound of Mofo would be classed as outdated today but I would like some songs with that kind of thumping beat and energy, but also some angry, more aggressive, energetic rock songs would be brilliant too. Just no MOR pop blandness, please! I guess I'll opt for the Mix vote option.
Actually, I know it's highly unlikely but you know the ramshackle, almost amateurish rough & ready rock sound of early Libertines and Arctic Monkeys? I wouldn't mind a couple of songs like that from U2! I guess that's more the sound of the "angry youth" though, so I suppose our boys are a bit too old for that now, lol! Oh well. I just want SOE to sound energised and "punchy", if that's the right term! Oh, just one thing I couldn't bear - bloody "rent-a-rappers"!! If there's thing that sounds so cliched, boring and old hat already it's the obligatory droning guest rapper halfway through a song! Urgh!!!