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General Music Discussion / Re: Favorite Albums of 2017
« Last post by miracle_al on December 15, 2017, 03:32:13 PM »
Acceptance - Colliding by Design
Will Hoge - Anchors
Lumineers - Cleopatra [2016]
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: Top 10 21st Century U2
« Last post by Sunchild on December 15, 2017, 03:23:27 PM »
01. City Of Blinding Lights
02. I'll Go Crazy if You Don't Go Crazy Tonight
03. The Miracle
04. Beautiful Day
05. You're The Best Thing About Me
06. Song For Someone
07. Get On Your Boots
08. Elevation
09. Ordinary Love
10. Vertigo
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Will SOE be U2s last album
« Last post by judas1 on December 15, 2017, 03:02:48 PM »
I doubt they will ever retire, just slow down, but most likely not in the next 10 years.  If they were to retire, they would announce it when the album and tour was released, to milk the tour and album sales.  That's how it's done in Rock N Roll, unless you break up, and there probably isn't a band of this magnitude or any really, that have this bond  Now their kids are older, and getting out of the house, less reason to stay at home, no?  The band also operates a global company, with a staff that has been there from the start.  I see them trying to get these people to the finish line with them, in other words, they feel that  they need help to support the staff that has run this machine which is U2, financially.  And another thought, with all of their charitable endeavors, what better p.r. is there than a new album and tour.  If the band retired, does anyone really think Bono's voice would be heard on the same scale, the media doesn't work that way, especially when you aren't on the front pages of the tabloids for bad deeds.  The media doesn't care about retired do gooders, bad boys always sell.
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Tours / Re: U2 JT tour vs Guns N Roses 2017 tour
« Last post by judas1 on December 15, 2017, 02:52:54 PM »
I saw both tours, JT 5 times, and GNR, once at the Garden, which I had suite on the side of the stage, which gives you a great perception of the show.
For U2, I was on the floor for all 5.  As a whole, U2 was a better show.  Settings wise for the show, I think the money U2 put into the screen, cost more than the fireworks, that 80's hair metal band can always get away with.  Bono has had some health issues which slowed him down and imagine if he took a fall from the stage from the JT, they were pretty far up, which also made it harder for the band to connect closer with the fans on the floor, unlike SOI.  I thought GNR was great, but there were times during the show I could actually have conversations with my friends and feel like I wouldn't miss a beat. GNR hasn't played together for over 25 years, so fan excitement was high, and if you caught U2 in 2015, and 17, maybe the wow factor isn't there, no speaking for myself.  I also couldn't have cared less that U2 did a JT tour, I loved it, but I didn't crave it, and I know a lot of other die hards didn't care one way or the other.  If it was and Achtung Baby, that would be a different level of excitement compared to the JT tour.
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Album version is miles better, in my opinion. The chord progression is better handled there and the production is very tasteful.

I agree. All the textures really add to it on the album version. The live versions I find Bono's performance to be a bit hammy. And the spotify version is inbetween but lacking compared to the album.

Bono 'a bit hammy'. Surely not.
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Album version is miles better, in my opinion. The chord progression is better handled there and the production is very tasteful.

I agree. All the textures really add to it on the album version. The live versions I find Bono's performance to be a bit hammy. And the spotify version is inbetween but lacking compared to the album.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: Initial Thoughts on SOE?
« Last post by Lizard on December 15, 2017, 01:25:39 PM »
Yeah, I absolutely agree that Love is bigger is too short. The end could be a extended longer (Streets is more than 4 minutes long, Love is bigger only 3 minutes - that's definitely too short for a song like that.)
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: A joint Joshua Tree/Experience tour:
« Last post by zoo adam on December 15, 2017, 01:20:00 PM »
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The two tours have such different staging and imagery.  It's a shame that the Joshua Tree Tour didn't go everywhere.

What a stage could have been created. Combining the two albums. 

U2's priority & obligation to their record company would be the new album. However touring it alongside TJT just bigs up the new material. After all it's being played alongside 'Streets' & 'Bullet'.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: A joint Joshua Tree/Experience tour:
« Last post by zoo adam on December 15, 2017, 01:01:34 PM »
Reviews are saying SOE is Bono's most personal album. About him & Ali. So not sure why the Trump victory should delay the release by over a year. Wouldn't it be a case of just rewriting lyrics of any political song. There is no way they wrote brand new songs after the US election.

If U2 had said in late 2016, the album is wrapped up but we are planning a JT tour, that would be have been more believable.
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General U2 Discussion / Re: ATU2 Forum Refugees
« Last post by Blueyedboy on December 15, 2017, 12:55:36 PM »
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Wow, I just took a quick look at the Talk U2 forum.  Everything that I found so off-putting about this forum is all there at Talk U2.  It's the individuals that post there that used to post here.  This forum has improved so much in my opinion.

Same people, same topics, same aesthetics. Strange considering most topics went off piste and came back to "everything what is wrong with @u2".

I feel theres a lot more positive vibe here, people defining U2 by what they love about them rather than what they hate about them allows for more adult conversation whilst still being able to have the odd grumble about certain aspects.
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