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News and Rumors / Bono meets Pope Francis
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on Today at 03:12:21 PM »
   I think it's great he's finally met Pope Francis--two great spiritual leaders.  This pope has great humility and personal warmth.  My hope is that he will help lead the church into a  brighter future. 
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The Band / Re: Bono's Best Vocal Moments
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on Today at 03:07:37 PM »
Laoghaire, I agree that "Moment of Surrender" is subtly powerful.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Rank U2's albums
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on Today at 03:05:47 PM »
I agree with you on Zooropa; not an album I return to often, although I love the title song and "Dirty Day".
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Tours / Re: Is U2 phoning it in?
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on Today at 03:04:48 PM »
I would definitely say that the band are putting their heart and soul into each show.  It's an emotional narrative and I'm sure it's somewhat draining for Bono, night after night.  I think he moves less 'cause he's older and he's had some issues.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Overwriting
« Last post by shineinthesummernight on Today at 03:02:04 PM »
I understand that many love the toss-off quality of "Zooropa", but it's not an album I return to often and to me it has a bit of a novelty air to it.  Interesting, not great.
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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by laoghaire on Today at 02:56:10 PM »
The content of the video seemed a lot different from your description, so I was curious about what aspect of the video you were hoping to share.

I think you answered the question with the response that Canadanne's site may have been screenshotted in the video.
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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by miryclay on Today at 02:40:14 PM »
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Here is YouTube MacPhisto opinion piece:

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It includes fan made screenshots and links.

Why did you post this?

Why did you post this?
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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by miryclay on Today at 02:39:45 PM »
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Here is YouTube MacPhisto opinion piece:

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It includes fan made screenshots and links.

Why did you post this?

Because it pertains to MacPhisto and because healthy debate is good for democracy?
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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by laoghaire on Today at 02:21:46 PM »
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They've unfortunately turned MacPhisto into a political mouthpiece. 

... what?
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The Band / Re: Bono's Best Vocal Moments
« Last post by laoghaire on Today at 02:18:40 PM »
RHMT has both high and low! Amazing recording!

If we're talking about album vocals, here are my picks, in chronological order:
Tomorrow
Drowning Man
Pride*
RHMT*
One Tree Hill
Heartland*
AIWIY
WGRYWH
Ultraviolet
Gone
Kite
MOS*
WAS*
California
Iris
RFD*
Little Things
Landlady

I went back and starred the ones that stand out even on that list.

This exercise confirmed that I still like his voice a lot even with the changes. I think Red Flag Day is an impressive vocal work, so I even have a song off the latest album in the cream of the crop list. I do see a recent loss of power (last 3 years I think) but a gain of control. He's still an expert at communicating emotion, and if you pay attention you can hear that every line is delivered with care.

It's interesting to me that I skipped a couple of decades in my starred list - after Heartland, it took Moment of Surrender to really knock my socks off again. I guess Kite did too, but that was really down to those two lines. I think ZooTV might have been his best live vocals but the album vocals didn't totally slay me.
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