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General U2 Discussion / U2 PopMart Sarajevo 20th Anniversary
« Last post by The Edges Cat on Today at 08:43:36 PM »
20 years ago today...

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Tours / Re: Official San Diego Thread **Spoilers** 22 September 2017
« Last post by ian ryan on Today at 08:29:26 PM »
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Yea, it was pretty bad.

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I thought it was awesome. A warm San Diego evening with the tropical lighting and the big Joshua Tree giving them shade as they play acoustic guitar and bongo drums as Bono swung around and around the mic stand was a lot of fun.

Bono should start his own brand of bongos

Bono-Gos to play Verti-Gos and along with U2 Go Home-Gos?
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The Music / Re: Acoustic version of Best Thing in San Diego
« Last post by aviastar on Today at 08:28:49 PM »
I like the song better as released in the single. I am not crazy about U2 unplugged. I feel the same way about EBW and others from SOI that were performed acoustically.


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General Music Discussion / Re: Oldest living artist you've seen?
« Last post by THRILLHO on Today at 07:58:03 PM »
last night i saw Depeche Mode. Their ages are
Martin Gore <56>
Dave Gahan <55>
Andy Fletcher <56>
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General U2 Discussion / Re: U2, Please: Get Up Off Your Knees
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on Today at 07:22:17 PM »
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I just don't understand why Edge feels the need to sound similar to what's going on in the current culture.  I just think he over-thinks things at this point in his career.  Isn't one of the song titles "Get Out of Your Own Way"?  Great title, by the way.

Edge has remained complacent with his guitar playing for the better part of 15 years now. While he has certainly expanded upon his capabilities from a production standpoint, Edge has opted for what he believes is a more "traditional U2 sound" in songs like Beautiful Day. Sometimes we see him try to imitate guitarists like Jimmy Page and apply a 70s-era  "rawk" aesthetic to U2 songs, as seen in Stand Up Comedy and Vertigo, which ultimately falls flat.

The only thing holding Edge back is himself. That dull guitar bit featured in the latter half of You're the Best Thing About Me perfectly sums up his post-Pop averageness. Coinciding with U2's last 4 albums, there have undeniably been some encouraging moments. The bridging guitar parts in Sleep Like a Baby Tonight, his incredible solo in The Troubles, and the experimental 6/8 riff with Breathe are very interesting, both sonically and from a theoretical view.

So basically, we desperately need for Edge to undergo a musical change with Songs of Experience. Edge is restricting himself by not working outside of a "U2: For Dummies" template, and it is very apparent. Edge is not characterized by a single signature sound... his identity has historically been ever-changing. I miss the beautiful sonic landscapes of songs like Zooropa, and just about the entirety of The Unforgettable Fire. You could identify each of the band's first 10 albums for the unique impression that Edge gave each of them.

Where can I buy a copy of U2 For Dummies?  :)

I think "complacent" is the wrong word to characterize what you're describing, which appears to be, for you, a lack of standout signature guitar moments for the past 15 years.  It's hard to see how someone could be complacent when they're contributing work to every U2 song.  It also dismisses the fact that all of their songs aren't driven by the guitar and Edge...but it seems like he's there pretty much on every one, and we'd have to go through every song to define how he's present.

That being said, except for The Troubles, when I first listened to Innocence, I felt like Edge was largely absent.  Closer listening revealed some fun stuff on Volcano and a bit of the expected Edge sound on Wolves, but overall he either plays a more nuanced role or channels what sounded to me like what you mention about the sounds of other bands, i.e. This Is Where You Can Find Me Now, which opens with a Rolling Stones sound, and Cedarwood Road, which just sounds like generic crunch guitar I've heard a lot of bands use.

So I sort of agree with the spirit of what you wrote.  At the same time, if the guitar was removed from every song from the last 15 years, I'm not sure what would really be left...

I did concede that Edge has furthered his production knowledge, something that has certainly allowed for U2 to find a more specific sound over the past several albums. I do acknowledge that he's performed many times on the piano as well (as poor as I think Edge's playing is... but that's a rant for another time!). Anyway, the point that I am hopelessly trying to make is that my criticisms are targeted specifically towards his guitar playing.

My main issue with Edge's guitar-work is how pedestrian it is. The guitar tones for Vertigo could easily be replicated, and the riff easily played, by even an amateur musician. Edge used to have his own identity in the 80s and 90s, never to be imitated. Of course, it's easier nowadays with the advent of Digital Audio Workstations and all of the incredible plugins out there, but I digress.

So yes, Edge has contributed to the band in many different ways over the years, but he has remained complacent as a guitarist.

I wouldn't mind if he revisited the stripped down echo box sound of Boy and October, which was unique and new at the time those records were released.

Assuming what they say about being hack musicians at first who had to teach themselves how to play as they went along, it seems that their continued learning arc led them to sound like others in some cases when early on they only sounded like themselves.

You bring up a good point. It's hard not to sound unique when you can't play properly!
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The Music / Re: U2 Songs Not Available For Purcahse Online
« Last post by WhenIsSOE on Today at 07:15:13 PM »
What about Mercy?
Also, I noticed that, when the Blackout video came out, searches for "u2" on iTunes skyrocketed. They should have released the song on iTunes.
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The Music / Re: Acoustic version of Best Thing in San Diego
« Last post by WhenIsSOE on Today at 07:12:52 PM »
Sorry to any fans of it, but it doesn't sound....... right.
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The Music / Re: Baby's first U2 Mix
« Last post by Pride on Today at 07:12:39 PM »
Don't forget the siren at the end of The Wanderer.
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The Music / Re: Acoustic version of Best Thing in San Diego
« Last post by WhenIsSOE on Today at 07:12:27 PM »
No. Just...... No.
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News and Rumors / Re: Joshua Tree concert video??
« Last post by WhenIsSOE on Today at 07:10:54 PM »
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