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Offline blovesu2

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2017, 09:40:02 AM »
Fantastic album.
Absolutely love it and am pleasantly surprised.
However, I am shocked at how awful Love is Bigger is. I find it unbelievable this made the album (much less a B side). I deleted it and pray they don't do it live. It sounds like a band in their later 60's on a career-ending casino tour. Barf.
Other than that, I am really loving many tracks on this album :) Very pleased.

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2017, 09:49:58 AM »
Very glad it's back, thank you Matt and team! I, like many of you, could not wait to share with all how we feel about the new music...
I am the biased U2 optimist and am sometimes blinded by that and my opinion gets skewed...so with that said:

I am REALLY enjoying all the new tunes, aside from the four we had heard...the album feels crisp and clean and not over baked. The SOE short film with Bono's narration is an incredible album table setter and if you haven't taken the 8 minutes to watch it, I highly recommend it!

As of today, TLTTGYA is still my standout lyrical favorite. This LP is full of 'hit possibilities' with many strong choruses and anthem building rockers. I would like to call this the ultimate Pop/Punk rock-n-roll record.  I can't wait to hear them live!
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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2017, 10:12:40 AM »
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Very glad it's back, thank you Matt and team! I, like many of you, could not wait to share with all how we feel about the new music...
I am the biased U2 optimist and am sometimes blinded by that and my opinion gets skewed...so with that said:

I am REALLY enjoying all the new tunes, aside from the four we had heard...the album feels crisp and clean and not over baked. The SOE short film with Bono's narration is an incredible album table setter and if you haven't taken the 8 minutes to watch it, I highly recommend it!

As of today, TLTTGYA is still my standout lyrical favorite. This LP is full of 'hit possibilities' with many strong choruses and anthem building rockers. I would like to call this the ultimate Pop/Punk rock-n-roll record.  I can't wait to hear them live!

Where can one find the 8 minute SOE short film?


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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2017, 10:23:14 AM »
iTunes only I think...I'll look around...

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2017, 10:26:00 AM »
I listened to the album at 1 AM in a pitch black room with headphones.

It was amazing. I cried on The Little Things and 13. Emotional album. Very moving.

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2017, 10:50:46 AM »
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Very glad it's back, thank you Matt and team! I, like many of you, could not wait to share with all how we feel about the new music...
I am the biased U2 optimist and am sometimes blinded by that and my opinion gets skewed...so with that said:

I am REALLY enjoying all the new tunes, aside from the four we had heard...the album feels crisp and clean and not over baked. The SOE short film with Bono's narration is an incredible album table setter and if you haven't taken the 8 minutes to watch it, I highly recommend it!

As of today, TLTTGYA is still my standout lyrical favorite. This LP is full of 'hit possibilities' with many strong choruses and anthem building rockers. I would like to call this the ultimate Pop/Punk rock-n-roll record.  I can't wait to hear them live!

Where can one find the 8 minute SOE short film?

According to U2's twitter: Listen to our new album #SongsOfExperience and watch exclusive mini-documentaries only on @spotify now #RockThis #ThisIsU2 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2017, 11:14:26 AM »
I liked it more than I thought I would!

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2017, 11:23:42 AM »
Best album since Achtung Baby.  Stunning. 

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Songs of Experience
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2017, 11:27:45 AM »
well i'd just like to say....not bad.!!

sure some tracks lag, filler material (LIBTAIIW, 13 There is a light, YBTABTM) but on the whole a solid effort with a plethora of catchy tunes. Absolutely adore Summer of Love, the edge's best licks since In a little while imo. Studio versions of the Blackout and LTTGYA are dull and tame in comparison to their explosive live versions- great songs hidden under the dullness of the studio. Book of Your Heart, worthy of inclusion on the main disc.

I get the thematic link between SOE and SOI, hence why there are so many references to the previous album- this is a first for U2 I think where they've never before made such a blatant reference to their past. Nothing wrong with that, but this is a band that prided themselves on looking forward, not living off the past, but I guess the passage of time and the creature comforts they've accumulated along the way have perhaps tamed their lust for pushing the envelope like they did in the 90''s- the best u2 period.

Still looking forward to the shows in Europe next year..i give it a sold 8/10

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2017, 11:28:10 AM »
Just watched it again, 100+% recommend finding it...I only have a free acct on Spotify and haven't been able to find elsewhere. The story behind Bono's "Shock" is still unclear, but a pretty spiritual and inspirational story. Bono is a 'Morgan Freeman esque' storyteller, in that I could listen to him tell stories forever!
 

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2017, 11:44:13 AM »
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Very glad it's back, thank you Matt and team! I, like many of you, could not wait to share with all how we feel about the new music...
I am the biased U2 optimist and am sometimes blinded by that and my opinion gets skewed...so with that said:

I am REALLY enjoying all the new tunes, aside from the four we had heard...the album feels crisp and clean and not over baked. The SOE short film with Bono's narration is an incredible album table setter and if you haven't taken the 8 minutes to watch it, I highly recommend it!

As of today, TLTTGYA is still my standout lyrical favorite. This LP is full of 'hit possibilities' with many strong choruses and anthem building rockers. I would like to call this the ultimate Pop/Punk rock-n-roll record.  I can't wait to hear them live!

Where can one find the 8 minute SOE short film?

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thanks! I did log onto Spotify via the above link, but only came across the audio album....no 8 minute video

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Re: Songs of Experience
« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2017, 12:00:18 PM »
Have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2017, 12:17:36 PM »
If Mercy was in place of Love is Bigger it would have been special

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Re: Songs of Experience
« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2017, 12:28:33 PM »
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well i'd just like to say....not bad.!!

sure some tracks lag, filler material (LIBTAIIW, 13 There is a light, YBTABTM) but on the whole a solid effort with a plethora of catchy tunes. Absolutely adore Summer of Love, the edge's best licks since In a little while imo. Studio versions of the Blackout and LTTGYA are dull and tame in comparison to their explosive live versions- great songs hidden under the dullness of the studio. Book of Your Heart, worthy of inclusion on the main disc.

I get the thematic link between SOE and SOI, hence why there are so many references to the previous album- this is a first for U2 I think where they've never before made such a blatant reference to their past. Nothing wrong with that, but this is a band that prided themselves on looking forward, not living off the past, but I guess the passage of time and the creature comforts they've accumulated along the way have perhaps tamed their lust for pushing the envelope like they did in the 90''s- the best u2 period.

Still looking forward to the shows in Europe next year..i give it a sold 8/10

Some things to say here...

1) unfortunately (and this is a little disappointing for me too), it looks like the guitar licks from Summer of Love are not from The Edge, but instead a gift from Ryan Tedder to U2, since the licks and the chorus were already being designed to two different songs of OneRepublic, as we can see here: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

2) I agree with you regarding The Blackout, but I do think Little Things is way better in the studio version, even if less explosive.

3) I completely disagree with your statement that the links between SOI and SOE are signals of "living off the past". Well, SOI isn't even a successful album to be used as such (btw, it is even surprising to me that U2 didn't try to erase SOI from existance like they did with POP and NLOTH). They are just companions albums as it was intended to be from the beginning. Mostly, making these citations is just the perfect way to convey the ideas present on SOE itself, because experience comes after innocence.

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Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2017, 12:37:35 PM »
Really, really underwhelmed by SOE. When will U2 stop over-producing the death out of their songs? Bono's lyrics on this one are pretty lazy, repetitive and in places cringe-worthy. The Showman & Lights of Home aren't bad. Edge's guitar-ing is pretty derivative and uninspired. The real test for me is that after listening to the whole thing a few times, I go away and can't really remember the songs. Really lacks distinction for me. For me, NLOTH was way better. Even SOI was much better. Let the hate begin.... :(