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Title: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: gottago on January 05, 2018, 09:36:46 AM
Curious if folks are still listening as much as you were when it first released.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Vox on January 05, 2018, 10:35:06 AM
Good post.  I found myself contemplating the same thing this week.  It’s still far too early for me to try to figure out where this album belongs in what I call my U2antheon.  But, here’s where I’m at today…

It’s having an odd gestation for me, personally, but I think it’s going in the right direction.  I listened to the album incessantly for the first week and really dug it.  Then, after about a week I found I didn’t go back to it as much as I would have thought.   But as time has progressed, I started to listen again and found myself drawn by different things, depending on the day.  Now I think it’s going to have some staying power for me. 

I like every song, or at least parts of every song.  Initially, I didn’t care for “Landlady” and “13.”  However, I started to click with those songs, or most of the parts of those songs, before Christmas.   For instance, the “I go where I do not dare” part in “Landlady” still bothers me, in a lot of respects.  But the last minute of that song is great.  And unlike many U2 fans, I’d never been particularly enamored with “The Little Things That Give You Away.”   But then that song magically opened up for me a couple weeks ago, and today I feel that it might be one of the stronger songs on here.

I also had an initial disconnect with “The Best Thing,” and “Get Out of Your Own Way,” “American Soul,” and “Blackout,” because I’d been listening to those so much throughout the fall they seemed to be on a separate album entirely.  After December 1, I’d skip over those to get to the songs I hadn’t heard before.  But when I got my mind around the fact that they’re part of the album and I went back to them, I started to realize that this is a very strong record, indeed. 

The album, overall, has a unifying “sound” that wasn’t on Songs of Innocence, which I also appreciate.  I thought that Songs of Innocence was one of their weakest albums (but I’ve never met a U2 album that I didn’t like).  And unlike many on this forum, I found No Line on the Horizon to be a top 4-5 U2 album.  I don’t anticipate this album reaching that level, but I can’t rule it out, either.  It very well may end up in the upper-middle slots of my U2antheon. 

I've had some coffee and I'm a bit wordy today...  But to answer the question -- I'm not listening to it as much as I did when it was released, but I'm enjoying it more.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: lightmyway92 on January 05, 2018, 11:20:14 AM
I have actually made a deliberate attempt to listen to it less than when it was first released, just so I wouldn't get bored with it.  That's been tough to do since I like it enough to listen to it almost every other day.  Yeah, it's safe to say that it does have momentum for me, and I'm guessing that momentum will just increase when the tour begins.  I get the feeling that this tour will be their best in a while.  They seem re-inspired and re-energized.  i love how well Bono is singing now.

Having said that, I have to admit that not every song on SOE resonates with me.  I struggle to get into "The Blackout," although it's very catchy.  I usually skip "American Soul," but I do admit it has a certain energy to it.  "Love is bigger.." hasn't really grabbed me yet, but I don't dislike it.

Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: davis on January 05, 2018, 12:19:01 PM
I listen to it at least once daily.  Still love it just as much.  My favorite U2 in forever. 
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: NintendoFan204 on January 05, 2018, 01:30:23 PM
I've been listening to it less often, but I have grown to like my initial least favorite songs a lot more than I used to. Landlady has become of one of my favorite songs, and I didn't care for it at first.

It's still difficult to say what I think of SOE compared to their other albums... it still feels too new. Songs of Innocence was the same way for awhile, but that sheen eventually wore off and I am able to rank it now (it is my sixth or seventh favorite U2 album). I feel like SOE will eventually end up somewhere in the middle (5-8).

The tour will surely help the songs feel settled into U2's catalogue.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Manos73 on January 05, 2018, 03:19:17 PM
I haven't listened to it in a month. SOE managed to not be bad, just boring.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: briscoetheque on January 05, 2018, 09:52:03 PM
Not listened to it for weeks. There too many songs I just skip now that I used to like. American soul is a good example.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: popsadie on January 06, 2018, 12:12:14 AM
It does for me. Although I could do without American Soul and am meh about Get Out of Your Own Way and The Showman, all the others still do it for me. I listened to it again for the first time in about a week and I am still connecting to it. I especially love 'Lights of Home, Red Flag Day, Summer of Love, Little Things and the final two tracks. U2 lyrically are making songs that speak to where I'm at as I approach middle age, and I enjoy the melodies as well. I rate this album overall as a B+ and there are several A tracks on it in my mind.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: summerholly on January 06, 2018, 05:43:47 AM
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U2 lyrically are making songs that speak to where I'm at as I approach middle age, and I enjoy the melodies

Interesting take!  I am the same age as Bono and I seriously try and avoid thinking about my mortality when listening to music, too depressing and close to home lol.  The album is not a bad album but I find it a little boring with not enough The Edge sound to be honest.  It doesn't resonate with me, or my life at the moment, so I tend not to go out of my way to listen to it.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: popsadie on January 06, 2018, 06:13:40 AM
I suppose another aspect is its take on faith and mortality. I connected to the first two tracks nearly immediately, and I also really loved Little Things for the same reason. I'm going through a season of hanging on to my Christian beliefs and this album connects to that for me.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: summerholly on January 06, 2018, 08:29:29 AM
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I suppose another aspect is its take on faith and mortality. I connected to the first two tracks nearly immediately, and I also really loved Little Things for the same reason. I'm going through a season of hanging on to my Christian beliefs and this album connects to that for me.

Yes I have a couple of good friends who very much connect to the faith and mortality concept as it is a central part of their lives.  I don't share those beliefs so I guess it doesn't resonate as strongly for me.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: morph on January 06, 2018, 01:50:53 PM
I've done a playlist with my fave songs on it and I listen to that most work days on my commute!

1. Lights of Home
2. Get out of your own way
3. Red Flag Day
4. Best Thing
5. Summer of Love
6. The Showman
7. Blackout
8. Book of your Heart
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Clarky on January 06, 2018, 05:44:56 PM
Half the album I skip so I listen to it less. I'm still giving it a spin about once or twice every 2 days though.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: zoo adam on January 06, 2018, 06:20:12 PM
The album is perfectly pleasant & listenable. No 'Boots' or 'Yawah's' that have to be skipped. I like the proclaimed dreaded 3 - 'Best Thing', 'GOOYOW' & 'American Soul' & can listen to the whole album.

Some of the songs will sound good live & it's doubtful SOE will lose U2 any fans.

However 'pleasant' & 'listenable' is not why I became a U2 fan. I want some magic. Even 'October' & 'NLOTH' have songs I return to. That isn't really the case with SOE. Although as mentioned I could happily play the whole album while doing something else.

On the plus side it was a much shorter wait for SOE. I suspect it was finished in 2016 & delayed for TJT tour. They haven't been that quick since the early 90's.



Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Argo on January 07, 2018, 06:26:38 AM
Definitely not listening to it as much. Might put a few songs on when go to get lunch and that type of thing. Still pretty happy with much of the album but if I tried listening to it everyday still, I would come to dislike it. Feels a fresh sound to me as much of it is a bit different for U2, so definitely don't want to overdo it.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: hollywoodswag on January 07, 2018, 06:51:57 AM
I haven't played it the whole way through in a couple of weeks. It's not high on my list of albums to play right now. A few songs show up here and there when I shuffle, of course, but I've been focused on full albums from bands and artists a lot lately and SOE hasn't been on my list.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: 73October on January 07, 2018, 02:46:52 PM
Listened to it again today in full.  Still very strong.  Almost burnt my dinner!
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Albono on January 24, 2018, 02:42:48 AM
This is the first album, since POP, that I enjoyed Bono's singing.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: suitoflights on January 24, 2018, 12:44:49 PM
Iagree, Bono is on top form on this album and the rhythmsection is on fire, particularly Adam!
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: briscoetheque on January 25, 2018, 05:17:18 AM
Edge has struggled for several albums in a row now. Not shooting the lights out...
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: Chip on January 27, 2018, 09:47:30 PM
It goes in fits and starts for me. I'll put it down for a few weeks, then listen to it a lot for a while. On the whole, it's still not a classic U2 album to me, but it is growing on me.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: BalconyTV on January 29, 2018, 07:59:53 AM
I think the album has somethings going for it. A good second half namely. But it lacks some authenticity or something. Its not bad by any means. Just not their finest. I might go as far as putting it in their bottom 3.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: suitoflights on January 29, 2018, 08:32:40 AM
^I agree with this.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: emuhunter on January 29, 2018, 09:09:50 AM
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I think the album has somethings going for it. A good second half namely. But it lacks some authenticity or something. Its not bad by any means. Just not their finest. I might go as far as putting it in their bottom 3.

Although I wouldn't agree that it goes in the bottom 3 I completely agree with you about how strong the second half is. I feel like a lot of U2 albums (even Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby in their own ways) can be a bit front-loaded but this record is a lot more evenly spread out, albeit at the cost of a really strong opening which is something U2 has usually been good for.

I don't envy these guys, it seems like whatever they do they end up getting questioned/critiqued over it (I'm certainly including myself as one of those that critiques by the way).
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: CLarryG on January 29, 2018, 05:47:42 PM
Unfortunately... no.  Tried so hard to get into it, just doesn't work for.  I miss the Eno, Lanois touch.  If this is who they want to be or what they want to play, this is what they should do.  I will always be a fan, but will be listening to the earlier material.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: ian ryan on January 30, 2018, 11:26:58 AM
I'm not listening to the full album, but I'm humming the songs to myself daily and listening to at least part of the album a few times a week. I keep on going in with the intention of listening to a single song, but then I want to listen to the next, and the next...
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: summerholly on January 30, 2018, 04:46:53 PM
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I don't envy these guys, it seems like whatever they do they end up getting questioned/critiqued over it (I'm certainly including myself as one of those that critiques by the way).

But isn't it like that for a lot of jobs, certainly mine is if you want new contracts and funding? If you want people to part with money  you have to deal with critique and questions.  Theirs is just on a bigger scale and more public than most but they have still made a fortune.    Haha just the fact that people bother , good or bad, means that they have made a major impact with their music.
Title: Re: A little over a month into SOE, does it still have momentum for you?
Post by: radiofreenewport on January 30, 2018, 07:21:37 PM
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Unfortunately... no.  Tried so hard to get into it, just doesn't work for.  I miss the Eno, Lanois touch.  If this is who they want to be or what they want to play, this is what they should do.  I will always be a fan, but will be listening to the earlier material.

Me, too. I had a few weeks off from work when the record came out and had plenty of time to listen and try to get into it. I resorted to a shortened 10-song, 40-minute version that I liked better, but still didn't love. Then the holidays came, and I haven't been inspired to listen since. I don't hate it, but there is plenty of other stuff I'd rather listen to.