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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Serious-but-embarassing question: why buy vinyl?
« Last post by ian ryan on October 12, 2018, 03:15:29 PM »
For me, it’s mainly about the large, tactile quality of it. I only buy U2 vinyl; I’m not really interested in getting any other artist’s vinyl. One of my big hopes as screens got high res was that artists would make cool, digital album booklets and art to go along with their releases, just for the visual art of it. There was a bit of an effort at it from Apple with their LP feature, but it didn’t catch on. Once it became clear that artists weren’t going to take advantage of what a full digital album could be (with the possible exception of Beyoncé), I figured I’d start collecting some U2 vinyl, as I’ve always loved what U2 does visually. It really scratched my itch, so now I’m all in for vinyl and box sets now.
Tours / Re: Should we sit down during the show?
« Last post by jc619er on October 12, 2018, 03:13:57 PM »
I had the same exact experience in LA this year. Everyone around me sat down until Beautiful Day came on and then after that they proceeded to sit down again. I was absolutely bewildered. The lady behind me was annoyed that I stood and I didn't care. When did it become the norm to sit. Baffling to me. Even more baffling was the two guys who sat next to me who were clearly die hard uber fans by the conversation they were having about the band before the show and literally never stood once during the concert. This isn't the symphony. Stand all you want and if people get mad that's their fault. Don't come to a party with 20,000 other people and get upset when they're enjoying themselves.
General Music Discussion / Re: Who’s left on your bucket list?
« Last post by jc619er on October 12, 2018, 02:55:18 PM »
I've luckily seen everyone I've truly wanted to except Michael.
General U2 Discussion / Re: Adam and Larry Quotes On "The Joshua Tree"
« Last post by 64ac30 on October 12, 2018, 02:45:33 PM »
We’ll find out in the movie next year, coming to a cinema near you
Tours / Live song debut (spoiler)
« Last post by 64ac30 on October 12, 2018, 02:39:13 PM »
I think Landlady went really well. And it worked with the “women of the world” intro. Think it will be permanent now. Can’t wait for them to include dirty day, fly, and mysterious ways into the set.
The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Last post by laoghaire 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.
The Music and Lyrics / Re: Serious-but-embarassing question: why buy vinyl?
« Last post by laoghaire on October 12, 2018, 02:11:37 PM »
Ha, when I got the SOE CD I was looking forward to the insert.

Memo to U2: your fans are old now. We can't read 4pt font. Like, literally, we can't read it at all.
The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Last post by zoo adam 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.

News and Rumors / Re: Berlin show in Nov to be filmed for a movie
« Last post by Mr. Sarajevo 20 on October 12, 2018, 12:42:19 PM »
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I'd be surprised, they normally film where they have multiple nights in 1 location and mash it together
My thoughts exactly...I'm betting they add a night for this reason.
The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE - A retrospective
« Last post by guidowater 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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