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Offline Sevy2016

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SOE - A retrospective
« on: October 12, 2018, 03:04:09 AM »
As SOE is almost a year old what are your thoughts on it now?

I think on first visit itís a little simplistic in tone and musicality but after coming back to
it a lot, ultimately thatís its strength. Lyrically it has few hiccups and I think it continues to grow on me the more I listen to it. Iím 34 and itís themes I can relate to and appreciate.
What do you all make of it now?

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Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2018, 12:36:01 PM »
I excualy like it a lot. It is in my personal top 5 for sure.

Strange thing is that the best song in my opinion is a b side. I just love the book of your heart but the whole album is great.

When I forest heart American soul I thought o yeah an uptempo song from u2 with a nice beat I love that. But after a year I just skip this song every time. Its a missed chance and I don't think it fits the album.

I can put this album on every day. The nice thing is that there are parts that fit every mood your in and that is what an album is for me. Just something I can put on every mood I'm in. Like achtung baby, like pop and like the joshua tree.

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Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2018, 01:15:07 PM »
It is perfectly listenable. A couple of songs too long.

I was hoping for another 'Songs of Innocence' & certainly would not have complained about that after a shorter than usual wait.  But it didn't arrive.

'Love is all we have left' is not a patch on the cool 'Miracle' as an opener. Different types of songs, but only one does it for me.

Thought 'Lights of Home' would become my next 'Every Breaking Wave'. But it never quite got there although I like it.

'Best thing' is fine, but prefer California.

GOOYOW is fluffy although I like the way it merges into AS.

'American Soul' is full of passion, but again prefer the passionate songs of 'Iris', 'Volcano' or 'Raised by Wolves'.

'Little Things' threatens to be the U2 classic I expected after seeing it premiered on Jimmy Fallon. However the watered down production lets it down.

Poor production on 'The Blackout' as well which does not help an already average song.

'Red Flag Day' & 'Summer of Love' are album tracks that will not break out to become fan favourites in years to come.

'Landlady' is as touching as 'Showman' is forgettable.

'Love is Bigger' is overblown. But U2 can pull off 'overblown'.

'13' really finishes the album off on a sombre note. Which is nothing new or wrong. But it does seem like something U2 rustled up one afternoon & unwisely decided to keep.


U2 would have been slaughtered if there had been a 5 year wait for SOE. After they had said it would be a quick follow up to SOI. However I suspect another 2 years work may have produced another great album.

SOE is good  & impressive considering U2 completed 2 big tours & recorded the album in 3 years. But I don't return to the songs often.

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Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 02:28:32 PM »
I listened to the album in the car last weekend with my family - first time listening to the whole album in the car.

One thing I noticed about that particular experience is that the moods of the album came across well. There was some chatter for some songs, some singing along for some, and dead silence for some, and it all seemed heavily influenced by the mood of the music. For example, singing for AS, chatter for SOL, dead silence for Little Things, chatter for Landlady (kids like that song so chatter wasn't a diss, it just seemed to be a relief of tension after the heavy Little Things), high point for kids was The Blackout. So there was an emotional arc even if you're not engaged in song meanings.

I felt like it was a solid album that held up well. I listened every day for months but now just sometimes, and I'm always pleased when I do. My least favorite is Best Thing, and I still find it very listenable.

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Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2018, 08:34:46 PM »
I still feel itís one of their four touchstone albums, after Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and ATYCLB. Not to say itís as good as Achtung Baby, but what the release of the album means, given the current state of rock, where U2 are at as people, and the quality of the two prior albums (I love them both, but they are missing an energy that the best U2 albums have), definitely makes it one of the bandís most important albums. I still listen to it regularly as an album, not for individual tracks. If U2 had released a similar album after Atomic Bomb, their half-decade of Bono asking ďWhy are U2 still here?Ē could have been avoided.

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Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2018, 07:57:19 AM »
I haven't taken very warmly to SOI or SOE.  Maybe a part of the problem is I haven't listened to the albums in one go.  I have randomly picked tracks to listen to. Could be the album would come in better if listened to in whole.
The one thing that really bothers me in SOI or SOE is the feeling that Edge's guitar has taken a backseat.  I don't know if it's the producers or Edge himself.  But I miss those soaring Edge guitar trademarks.  I guess I still am in the War, TUF and TJT mode of listening.