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Favorite or best (even if you don't listen to it that much anymore.)

All That You Can't Leave Behind
39 (24.1%)
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
24 (14.8%)
No Line On The Horizon
37 (22.8%)
Songs of Innocence
62 (38.3%)

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Offline riffraff

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #60 on: December 29, 2016, 04:55:47 AM »
I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #61 on: December 29, 2016, 04:58:53 AM »
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I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

Of all those albums it is the best collection of individual songs and they seem to come together well as a coherent whole.  So it doesn't really surprise me.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #62 on: December 29, 2016, 05:00:25 AM »
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I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

Of all those albums it is the best collection of individual songs and they seem to come together well as a coherent whole.  So it doesn't really surprise me.
That's all true, John...I just thought that Bomb would win this one. Silly me!

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #63 on: December 29, 2016, 08:29:39 PM »
I voted NLOTH, narrowly over SOI. HTDAAB could have been the best album since 2000, but I think they needed to go more aggressive on it.

I would have gone with:

1. Vertigo
2. Xanax and Wine
3. Are you gonna wait forever?
4. City of Blinding Lights
5. Sometimes you can't make it on your own
6. All because of you
7. Love and peace (or else)
8. Smile
9. Mercy
10. Yahweh
11. Original of the species
12. One step closer

Dropping Miracle drug, a man and a woman and crumbs from your table would have enabled them to release a solid EP follow up, while adding Mercy, Xanax and Wine, Smile and Forever, (albeit I'd have preferred a harder hitting version of Mercy) would have hardened the sound and focused the record.

The EP follow up could have been something like:

1. Native Son
2. Crumbs
3. AMAAW
4. Fast Cars
5. Miracle Drug
6. Neon Lights
7. Ave Maria


Now THAT would have been a solid effort

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #64 on: December 29, 2016, 11:10:52 PM »
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I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

Of all those albums it is the best collection of individual songs and they seem to come together well as a coherent whole.  So it doesn't really surprise me.
That's all true, John...I just thought that Bomb would win this one. Silly me!

Lots of hate for Bomb on these forums, for whatever reason. I've always enjoyed the album for what it is: a very well crafted pop rock album. SoI has grown on me, but I'd still rank ATYCLB and HTDAAB above it.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2016, 04:34:39 AM »
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I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

Of all those albums it is the best collection of individual songs and they seem to come together well as a coherent whole.  So it doesn't really surprise me.
That's all true, John...I just thought that Bomb would win this one. Silly me!

Lots of hate for Bomb on these forums, for whatever reason. I've always enjoyed the album for what it is: a very well crafted pop rock album. SoI has grown on me, but I'd still rank ATYCLB and HTDAAB above it.
I know...I don't get the dislike for Bomb, either. I think it's great. It's not the first one I reach for, but it's quite enjoyable.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2016, 04:37:44 AM »
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I was quite surprised that SOI is winning! It seemed to take a lot of grief, but now it's on top...at least out of these choices.

Of all those albums it is the best collection of individual songs and they seem to come together well as a coherent whole.  So it doesn't really surprise me.
That's all true, John...I just thought that Bomb would win this one. Silly me!

Lots of hate for Bomb on these forums, for whatever reason. I've always enjoyed the album for what it is: a very well crafted pop rock album. SoI has grown on me, but I'd still rank ATYCLB and HTDAAB above it.
I know...I don't get the dislike for Bomb, either. I think it's great. It's not the first one I reach for, but it's quite enjoyable.

I like HTDAAB when I listen to it but must admit I don't turn to it very often.  I still think ATYCLB is their best work this century, a cracking collection of songs. 

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #67 on: December 30, 2016, 07:32:28 AM »
I still think it's a shame they left Mercy off the album.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #68 on: December 31, 2016, 05:01:38 AM »
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Joey Ramone was Bono's musical idol who gave him the notion that he could sing, even though he didn't think his voice fit in with the times.  The miracle was that Bono found a mentor at a time when he was adrift.  At least that's how I took it.  Then I suppose it opened up other miracles in his life:  Ali, finding faith, finding a band and mates, etc.


I know all of that, but the problem is none of it is in the song.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #69 on: December 31, 2016, 05:17:38 AM »
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The Troubles is decent. Volcano opens with promise but is betrayed by an awful chorus. Miracle has way too many "Aaaaaah Oh"s.   And what the hell is Joey Ramone mentioned in the title for?  It has as much to do with Joey Ramone as Sunday  Bloody Sunday does with Bart Simpson.

I can agree with your Miracle criticisms but yea Troubles is amazing and Volcano is ok def not my fav.

Honestly i took his name in the song as a tribute to him since he loved U2 and he had recently died when the album came out. My time table may be off but i think he died a few months or so before the album so i took the title as a dedication to him, not like the song sounds punk or references Ramone in the lyrics.

He died in 2001. 

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #70 on: December 31, 2016, 08:09:08 AM »
I'm not a very literal person, so the fact he wasn't in the song didn't bother me.  My favorite artwork is impressionism, artists like Mary Cassatt, Degas, etc.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2017, 06:06:24 AM »
SOI winning this poll shows that U2 still have got it!  Their best album according to this since the 1990s.

Hopefully SOE will be even better (depending on this year's tinkering after the Joshua Tree tour.)

We'll have to do this poll again after SOE comes out.  Predictions that it will trump all these post 2000 albums?

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #72 on: January 14, 2017, 11:03:36 AM »
I think it just means that SOI is their least offensive album since Pop.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #73 on: January 15, 2017, 07:03:40 AM »
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I think it just means that SOI is their least offensive album since Pop.

What do you mean by least offensive? 

I'm guessing you mean there are fewer songs to skip on SOI. It has fewer with cringe worthy lyrics than the other albums.

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Re: Favorite album since 2000?
« Reply #74 on: January 15, 2017, 09:23:46 AM »
1. All That You Can't Leave Behind
2. Songs of Innocence
3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
4. No Line On The Horizon

I don't like NLOTH at all.