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General U2 Discussion / Re: New Album Sounds Like A Snooze...
« Last post by trevgreg on August 19, 2017, 02:37:13 PM »
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Did I miss something? Is there some audio from the album out?

My thoughts more or less.

I suppose we could just all just be Soundgarden fans and never see anything again, you know?
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News and Rumors / Re: SOE update
« Last post by mc on August 19, 2017, 02:25:44 PM »
Yes each album takes me to a place on my life timeline. Im 45 and there are a few songs on each slbum that are personal for me
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News and Rumors / Re: SOE update
« Last post by Jono on August 19, 2017, 02:17:58 PM »
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I am 50 now and been a fan almost from the beginning...first concert was TUF Tour and since then been to every tour with the exception of the new JT Tour (moved from California to Idaho and just could not manage it).  Anyways, for me each album has meant something different.  I am typically not a critical person and take the albums at face value and really don't compare them to each other or to other bands I listen too.  Each has had an emotional wrench that impacts me or was impacting me at that particular time.  For me the unique thing about U2 songs is that they resonate with me so much that even a song like One Tree Hill which was written for a friends of theirs in 1986-1987 had an impact on me when I first listened to it when it came out, but then again 20 years later when I was going through a loss the song resonated even more than ever.

U2 to me is such a unique band and there is something spiritual (to me) about the songs that resonate with me more than any other band.  Even silly songs have something that appeals to me.  It is pretty amazing that after 40 years of listening to them that I have not been bored or felt things have been played out...it just comes down to a lot of songs connecting with me etc.
Very well said...and I feel the exact same way. Never bored. Even enjoy the silly songs. Very greatly touched by many, many songs, in a personal way.
Agree and agree...I remember Bono speaking about a fan telling him that "U2 music is the soundtrack to their life." Exactly. Many songs many connections.
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News and Rumors / Re: SOE update
« Last post by KenKaniff on August 19, 2017, 01:40:24 PM »
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My Holy Trinity of U2 albums in order: Achtung Baby, All That You Can Leave Behind and Joshua Tree. I really like Boy, POP, War and SOI. October and NLOTH are my least favorite.

Agree with you on all of the above.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: New Album Sounds Like A Snooze...
« Last post by KenKaniff on August 19, 2017, 01:38:38 PM »
Did I miss something? Is there some audio from the album out?
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by trevgreg on August 19, 2017, 01:16:27 PM »
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I have a hard time separating the categories their work fell into at the times it was released from how it is perceived or sounds now.

U2 didn't fall into easy categories early on and through Unforgettable Fire, though were closest to post-punk, a bit of new wave, epic rock, and "big music" (coined by The Waterboys' Mike Scott).

And through Unforgettable Fire, all those "big music" bands were basically equals (Big Country, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, etc.).

The popularity that followed certainly changed things, but they've definitely been in the pop rock, rock, adult contemporary vein since All That You Can't Leave Behind.

I don't know if the easy categories of old have the same relevance to the music world today...there's SO MUCH music at one's fingertips and mouse clicks these days that it sometimes comes down to "good music" vs. "bad music" or "popular" vs. "alternative" or "mainstream" vs. "weird."

I mostly like "good weird alternative" but if that was a category I don't know if U2 falls into it anymore.

They seem to be striving for "good popular mainstream."

I wish they'd get weird.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."  Hunter S. Thompson

"Weird" doesn't always equal "good" though. Just like stuff that might be more mainstream - whatever that ultimately means - isn't always good or bad either. It's not exclusive for one side or the other. Personally, I don't need an album to sound like In Rainbows for every single track. I just want to have a good song underneath somewhere for most of them. People always bring up Cedars as a good "song", even though the only real acclaim it gets is for its lyrics and nothing else. But apparently pushing a few keys down in an ambient pre-set and talking over it is considered hip enough in the end.  ::) Not exactly seeing it covered by droves of people on YouTube either... on the other hand, Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (which is an actual song) does though.

I think you can have both sides, really. It is interesting to see on message boards how anything remotely catchy or featuring a guitar automatically is put into the "bad" pile somehow. Or on here, people thinking that stuff like Mysterious Ways or WOWY isn't remotely catchy or features something resembling a hook. Or that ATYCLB is AC-leaning while there were songs like One and Staring at the Sun for the almost universally acclaimed albums in these parts. In the end, I'm just glad they're still recording... and hopefully the next album has some variety and more good songs than not. After SOI, I'm a bit hopeful they'll continue down that route in terms of those things.
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Fun and Games / Re: Have you ever...Game
« Last post by poppyann on August 19, 2017, 01:15:54 PM »
No..

Have you ever kissed a dog ? (I kiss mine all the time) :)
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General Music Discussion / Re: Whats the Last Album You Listened to in Full
« Last post by cocamojoe on August 19, 2017, 01:15:32 PM »
This woman is a goddess:

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General Music Discussion / Re: Concerts of 2017
« Last post by kango on August 19, 2017, 01:15:22 PM »
Very happy to be seeing LP in November. Where has she been all our lives? No matter, her time is now.
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Fun and Games / Re: Which Song Is Better Game
« Last post by poppyann on August 19, 2017, 01:14:16 PM »
Purple Rain or Purple Haze
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