u2 are men who are nearly 60....men of nearly 60 do not have chart hits and frankly men of nearly 60 shouldn't give a monkeys about chart hits...especially men of nearly 60 who have a legacy like the one u2 have.
If SoE turns into a blatant attempt to conquer the charts then u2 will have once again made a bad call.
I for one don't care if they conquer the charts or not - they aren't a football team i support and want to see win the league or cup....i want them to make music that hopeflully i enjoy and like and that challenges me....U2 are no longer in the rat race that is chart music - or at least not in my book. I never cared if they were number 1 or number 100 personally...I cared about how I felt about the songs.
It makes zero difference to me if it conquers the charts or not...so they have a massive hit lets say with a vapid, deep as a puddle pop song that has been deliberately crafted and tailored to get on radio and is the sound of a band chasing a hit - so what, what is good about that?...unless you have some weird desire to see u2 sell lots of records and claim that as some kind of victory...
Now if they happen to have a big hit and it is a song that turns the status quo upside down and is a hit all on its own terms then hey - well done....that however is very unlikely.
As for "the stakes being high" and there being "no option" i could not disagree more.
Good morning from Florida an-tha,
I agree with you 100%.
The thing is, against our desires and recommendations, their musical ambitions and aspirations may still (cuz it always was) be competitively aimed at artists who get heard the most.
Them getting into a room and "blatantly attempting" a specific type of music sounds so contrived and contrary to the openess (spiritual to some) aspect of playing where pure inspiration is encouraged to arrive. Putting an ambition first has to inhibit the creative process. In fact in my case, it had for years.
Going in with an open mindset can get you to an opened state of playing where you aren't writing... you are listening and the music starts telling you what to. It doesn't always tell a perfect story... but the authenticity is undeniable by 90% of people who hear it... and it is very rewarding to the conduit... and lastly impressing the world doesn't matter....because you did something most people will never experience... and that feeling...whoa.
My favorite U2 has that... and most of the songs you like...have that in my opinion (cuz I like them too).
I just wish they would do that. The craftiness they have practices for the last almost 30 years is now infused in them. Just let the music flow!
Pardon the rambling.... it happens once in a while.