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Offline gottago

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For me, I would humbly encourage them to simply put the four of them in a room and make an album with minimum, and I mean MINIMUM, post-production touches. Be a garage band again.

Just to have that simplicity and rawness would be amazing to me and I would hope, produce some fantastic results.



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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2018, 05:59:27 PM »
Have another grape.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2018, 03:19:29 AM »
Stop chasing the charts. The charts are dead.

Don't let your ego swallow your legacy.

Have fun.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2018, 03:42:40 AM »
Let Edge loose with his guitar

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 03:51:39 AM »
Make a follow up to Pop - pick up where Mofo left off.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 11:57:07 AM »
Relevancy is overrated.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 12:42:59 PM »
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Let Edge loose with his guitar

Yeah, I think it was Edge's guitar that caught my initial attention in the 80's

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 02:23:17 PM »
If I could, I would quote them their own lyrics : "Free yourself to be yourself, if only you could see yourself..." Do whatever you want, we'll follow.
I would also encourage them to do a "War Tour" and an "Achtung Baby Tour". In my opinion they shouldn't worry about setting up something that could be perceived as a bit nostalgic at first sight, as long as it brings joy to the audience. The Joshua Tree Tour was fantastic. It would work out as nicely with War or Achtung Baby since there is not a dull track on both albums and I believe their fanbase still listen to them on a regular basis.

PS I've changed my mind (!) If I could talk to them, I would tell them I wouldn't mind if the guitar sound was a little louder on the next album. SOE is a good album (great performances from all members!), but the guitar sounds a bit muffled/restrained on it at times.
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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 03:55:06 PM »
Do what you guys want to do - you’ve done ok so far 👍

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2018, 06:33:52 PM »
Lock  The Edge up in a room with some food, water, guitar, amp, effects, and Dallas.  Give him a bunch of whatever he was taking in the early ‘90s when he was making that cascading, psychedelic wave sound.  Let bake.  Take out when ready.  Don’t overcook.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2018, 08:19:07 PM »
 :-\  Free The Edge!  Free The Edge!!  And lastly, FREE THE EFFING, EDGE! 


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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2018, 08:40:02 AM »
been saying for past couple albums now, stop chasing hits it's causing the music and lyrics to suffer.........the kids today have less attention span and don't buy music anyway.........

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2018, 01:08:01 PM »
I would tell them to "get out of their own way."  Lose all their money, get some real tragedy in their lives, and hopefully that would bring them back to songs about love, heartache, loss, faith, and hope and eliminate the outside nonsense.  (Not that I want anything bad to happen to them)  I doubt they will ever be able to repeat the contrasting darkness and lightness, despair and hope and just rawness of Achtung Baby but here's to hoping.   Oh... And one more thing.  No dumb concert ticket gimmicks to try and get "real fans" in the seats.  Just lower the price of a ticket by 50% across the board.   

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2018, 05:40:40 PM »
I have actually been thinking about this lately, and I want to fully acknowledge I have an American-centric response.  Get back and explore the blues further.  That sound, that soul, those themes have survived for 100 years for a reason. 

That does NOT mean chase the Joshua Tree sound, to be clear.  I just mean, use that as a foundation for the next album instead of multiple think-tanks of producers and engineers.  Explore that sound, modernize it, warp it, but get back to a baseline of soulful simplicity.

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Re: If U2 asked you for advice on the next album, what would you tell them?
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2018, 07:29:30 PM »
Fun words benpoke. But think of advice for Adam too! He didn't write Blackout bassline, Edge did. Sob.

The minigolf winner might have a chance to chat with band for like 10mins maybe.

I haven't dreamt of much but I'd tell Bono for live performances (yes, off topic) but the bullhorn down. You look lame and old and cringey to new audiences with the bullhorn. It works to your own audiences like on 2015 ie Bullet. Someone whose income is not dependent on the band has to tell him.