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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Have U2 run out if ideas?
« Last post by ckamp on Today at 06:03:57 PM »
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13 chews up, spits out and dances on the grave of Song for Someone.

This is correct. This is U2 being subtle and gentle in their production and it's brilliant. This is my favorite song from the album and I've had it on regular rotation since.

Other songs of U2 in this vein:

The First Time
Running to Stand Still
One Step Closer to Knowing
MLK
Love is All We Have Left

I wish U2 would go in this direction more often
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE As Performance Art
« Last post by summerholly on Today at 05:21:46 PM »
Music is just really subjective.  I agree in that having grown up with U2 I am still transfixed by their earlier music and their new stuff sounds a little bland on comparison and sometimes I also think where is the real U2 hiding.  Some of the SOI songs have slowly grown on me but they certainly never hit me with that gobsmacking wow factor of their early music.  I am just patterned into earlier U2 and a lot of this generation music leaves me uninspired anyway.  But my taste in U2 is not definitive it is just an opinion based on the way my brain is wired. 

You have to give them full marks for what they do even if I do think that what I like about the U2 sound has been in someway compromised to my own ears.  I don't trust my own ears as a barometer for what other people like.  I pulled out an old boxed set of a collection of all the number one hits from past decades that someone gave me and truly most of that music was appalling to my ears and I remembered why I stashed that set away in the dark somewhere, but other people clearly must felt differently.

Plenty of other people love the new U2 music and in a way an album is about an artist expressing where they are and U2 are just at a different place to where they once were whereas I haven't moved on lol. 

Maybe the young producers and musicians have influenced their music that way as well and to be honest I didn't know who Kendrick Lamar was, still don't really so not sure on that one and I am not into One Republic. Yep and the Refujesus thing is a bit quirky to say the least.  Most of the refugees that I have worked with are of the Islam faith. 
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Re-evaluating SOI: How does it stack up?
« Last post by Clarky on Today at 05:14:02 PM »
SOI feels beige to me. I don't dislike it, but it doesn't contain any moments of joy or excitement.
SOE, at least after a couple of months, has moments of joy and feels more vibrant. I prefer that.
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I think SOI is far superior to SOE. And probably their most consistent album since Achtung Baby. And I say that as a big fan of POP.
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The Band / Re: What was Bono's "mortality crisis"?
« Last post by summerholly on Today at 03:52:08 PM »
I still think that a heart attack and especially and arrest would be hard to keep under wraps in a hospital, also having a friend last year have a mild heart attack it has taken him quite a time to recover and he certainly wouldn't have been capable of prancing around on stage or drinking hard after that and he is younger than Bono and not unfit
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: SOE As Performance Art
« Last post by DrDoom171 on Today at 02:23:11 PM »
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SOE is an elaborate performance art piece: 

Exhibit 1: Back in their 90’s post-modern days, U2 would sometimes setup a fake band performing their songs then jump out on stage to shock the audience

Exhibit 2: lyrics from Discotheque (1997)
You know you're chewing bubblegum
You know what that is
But you still want some
You just can't get enough
Of that lovie dovie stuff

Exhibit 3: SOE brought on young pop producers to purposefully create mindless music

Exhibit 4: the amount of songs about or use the word “love”

Exhibit 5: the lyrics are the worst of U2’s career: “You! Are! Rock and roll!,” “Refu-Jesus.”

Exhibit 6: Use of trendy contemporary artists to give a veneer of credibility: Kendrick Lamar

Conclusion: U2 has written an album as if it was the imposter band and is waiting to see if any of us get it. Okay, we get it! We totally trolled us! Now you can release the real SOE!

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, even if it's wrong.....just teasing you! :-)  However, almost everything you've stated in your bullet points 3 through 6 has been said before in regards to other albums (not sure what you're saying with bullet point #2?).  Each new album brings the newest "worst lyrics ever" claim (intellectual tortoise, password you enter here right now, etc.)  On one hand, I understand a bit of what you're saying, on the other hand, it seems to me that U2 has always been like this.  They've always had some element of the band that makes their fans cringe at one time or another. (remember: How do you dismantle an atomic bomb....with love!)  Apparently they've hit the cringe limit with you for their latest album.

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Fun and Games / Re: A-Z U2 songs
« Last post by kevtn43 on Today at 02:09:43 PM »
J. Swallo
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I'll weigh in....

For originality, I think Fez and Sleep Like a Baby would be tops, IMO.

For creativity, I'd say that Unknown Caller, Raised by Wolves, and The Troubles would top the list.
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The Band / Re: What was Bono's "mortality crisis"?
« Last post by jonnydeaf on Today at 01:58:32 PM »
The liner notes mention there was an incident without going into detail.
Here's a link to a youtube video where Bono is reading the liner notes.
The part about the "shock to the system" begins at 2:50.

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Tours / Re: Pre-sale disgrace in europe
« Last post by paddyattitude on Today at 01:29:46 PM »
smoothiest presale of all times to get tickets!
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