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Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« on: November 14, 2008, 06:47:56 PM »
Yeah, I really like How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

It's a very heartfelt, spiritual, and personal album. I think it gets unfairly bashed (sometimes by myself  :-X), but despite how "mainstream" and "overproduced" it sounds, it is still a solid piece of work from U2.

I enjoy Vertigo, All Because Of You, and Love And Peace Or Else.

Also, songs like Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Miracle Drug, and Crumbs From Your Table are very personal songs coming from Bono. Which makes them more emotional.

And even though I'm not a religious man Yahweh and One Step Closer somehow get to me.

Anywho, that's just my 2 cents on this album....
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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008, 08:15:08 PM »
I like HTDAAB too. Some really good songs on there. COBL =  8)

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008, 08:38:18 PM »
I like it to, even though it was a huge letdown for me when i first heard it. I feel that the album needed 1 steady producer instead of several

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2008, 08:45:53 PM »
"Original Of The Species"- that's how ya do a big, beautiful pop song.

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2008, 12:25:15 AM »
Agree - original is a great song as is Miracle Drug - a bit over produced I agree but great live!

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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2008, 12:25:51 PM »
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"Original Of The Species"- that's how ya do a big, beautiful pop song.

I absolutely agree.  That song just kills me!  It's the best song off that album, imo.  Bono shows more tenderness and passion in that song than he has in ages.  Edge's guitar just rings out.  As a parent, it gets me right in the heart.  I even love the video.  It's cool visually, and he looks fabulous- joyful and passionate.  We finally get a glimpse of him without the shades.  Check it out:  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2008, 12:39:38 PM »
And sorry, Boom Cha!, but for some reason I thought you were a woman.  My apologies!   :-[

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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2008, 08:22:28 PM »
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And sorry, Boom Cha!, but for some reason I thought you were a woman.  My apologies!   :-[

 :-[.....hhmmmm.....I guess I need to butch up my typing.... :D

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2008, 02:14:26 PM »
Here's my song by song breakdown:

Vertigo: a strong start to the album, but not as personal as the other songs.

Miracle Drug: a beautiful song. Bono wrote this about a boy he went to school with who was paraplegic and couldn't speak or move. The song is written from his mother's perspective.

Sometimes You can't Make It On Your Own: I think this song is somewhat overrated.

Love And Peace Or Else: the heaviest song on the album. Good rousing, save-the-world anthem.

City Of Blinding Lights: the best song on the album, and the first U2 song I fell in love with.

All Because Of You: good, solid radio rock, but probably the worst song on the album.

A Man And A Woman: why is this song being hated so much?

Crumbs From Your Table: I don't really have a strong opinion on this song either way.

One Step Closer: a little slow for my taste, but a good, personal song.

Original Of The Species: Another legendary song. I will always remember the summer of 2008 when I hear this song.

Yahweh: a near-perfect ending to the album.

I haven't been able to listen to Fast Cars yet.

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2008, 03:10:37 PM »
I've liked HTDAAB from the day it came out and four years later I still love it. It feels like a natural progression from their previous albums and features some of my favorite U2 songs (especially Miracle Drug, which blows me away every time I hear it).

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2008, 04:28:53 PM »
To me the only truly great songs on the album are Yahweh, OotS.

The good - Vertigo, CoBL, SYCMIOYO.

The average - LaPOE, Miracle Drug. The thing that i hate most about MD is the "Freedom has a scent/Like the top of a new born baby’s head" lyric, that's just a horrible lyric. It made me laugh the first time i heard it honestly.

The horrendous - Crumbs, AMAAW, ABOY, 1SC. UGHHHHHHHHH talk about cliche U2 songs, Crumbs takes the cake, it's almost like a lampooning of a U2 song.

edit->> oh, Fast Cars. I actually really like that song, it's a very......quirky? U2 song, i love the hook. I had it forever on my deluxe edition of Bomb and forgot i had it, i only knew it as Xanax and Wine from the <i believe> U2 ipod bonus tracks.

Yea, it's funny how different the tastes of U2 fans can be. Zooshoes thinks Yahweh is the worst, i think it's the best.
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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2008, 01:42:30 AM »
Crumbs From Your Table is a very good song in my opinion.  :)

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2008, 03:27:20 AM »
When I bought it I was expecting some kind of instructions!  :P

I love the album though!

I cant really stand Crumbs On Your Table but thats the only one.

and I only like the live Yahweh

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2008, 05:53:18 AM »
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The thing that i hate most about MD is the "Freedom has a scent/Like the top of a new born baby’s head" lyric, that's just a horrible lyric. It made me laugh the first time i heard it honestly.



You see, I thought that was a really moving point in the album. And I don't like cheesy over-sentimental things either, but I thought it fit well. A newborn baby has its entire life ahead of it, they have had no bad experiences, no heartbreak, and at that point in their life anything is possible. And the song is basically about anything being possible, about having faith in technology and doctors, researchers etc helping people live longer happier lives. Plus you would smell a newborn baby's head just after it's born, in a hospital, which is also inkeeping with the theme of the song. I personally think "Take this mouth - give it a kiss" from Yahweh is far more cringeworthy (although I still like the song).

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Re: Now that's how you dismantle an atomic bomb!
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2008, 12:25:19 PM »
Anytime I hear the first verse of "Yahweh, all I can think is that it's a lousy rehash of the first verse of "Do You Feel Loved" (a much better song).