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At least Boots was fun and energetic live.
1. Voice -- Bono

2. Lyrics -- The Boss fairly handily, but almost matched by Bono not only in '87 - '97, but also '09 (for 2/3 of NLOTH)

3. Live shows --  I can, alas, only judge Bruce and REM by video and audio, but I've got to go with either Bruce or a Boss/U2 tie. No one extends songs and creates amazing musical segues between songs like Bruce. On the other hand, U2 is at least as good as Bruce at getting audience participation, and U2 arguably creates more of a congregational feel.

4. Rawness -- The Boss

5. Album quality -- Again, the Boss. As much as I love U2 and favor them over Bruce, they've never had an unbroken string of amazing albums like Springsteen did from '73 -'87. And '02 - '12 was an incredible creative period for Bruce as well (even if you dislike some of his albums from that period, his artistic resurgence is undeniable and his output astonishing given his age); U2 could take a few lessons from the Springsteen of that period.

6. Re-creation success -- U2 easily

7. Changeable set list -- The Boss just as easily

8. Emotional live delivery -- Virtually another tie between Springsteen and U2, but I'll give U2 the edge here due to the congregational feel

9. Energy -- Bruce handily

10. Production -- U2 when they're being creative and not retreating to what worked in the past, but the Boss is better at finding new producers who take him in some new directions while building on the bedrock of his past work (e.g., O'Brien, arguably Morello)
General U2 Discussion / Re: What happened to North Star
« Last post by skelter on Today at 09:15:44 PM »
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What baffles the f*** out of me is the fact that even though they recorded a studio version of it, put it in the Transformers movie, WE NEVER HEARD THE ENTIRE FINISHED SONG!!!!!!!!  WHO THE HELL DOES THAT?  It wasn't on the soundtrack or anything.  I don't care about the fact that it sounded like a typical post 00s U2 ballad, I wanna hear it dammit!

Lol yeah. This band has too is overflowing with creativity, too many melodious songs in the oven. Too much $$ to care about North Star too.

A lesser band would milk the heck out of North Star and make it a single on SOI.

Also, thanks for reminding me about Bono's shock when the audience sang along to North Star live during the 360 tour in 2010. What a great time it was to be alive. Around the 2:30 mark:

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Pennylands by The Magnetic North - a band comprised of ex Verve and Damon Albarn collaborator Simon Tong, Erland Cooper (of Erland and the Carnival) and folk/alternative singer Hannah Peel. A beautiful and catchy song that flies on Hannah Peel's soft vocals from a their album Prospect of Skelmersdale (a concept album about the new town of Skelmersdale in the North of England) album is my favourite album of 2016 so far.

Worth taking a look at their debut LP from 2012 - Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North. If you love the ethereal beauty of The Unforgettable Fire and Sigur Ros's various albums then you'll take this album to your heart. This, for me, is an Orcadian 'A Sort of Homecoming'.

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The Music / Re: No Line On The Horizon Revisited
« Last post by howyousawtheworld on Today at 08:20:00 PM »
I gave this a listen last week. It's an odd album that I like but will never love. The middle three songs of Get On Your Boots, I'll Go Grazy and Stand Up Comedy are travesties that totally betray the good work elsewhere. That said, all the songs either side of those three are interesting and quite a couple are their most interesting, daring music since the 90s.

I still think Moment of Surrender is an astonishing achievement and probably in my top 5 U2 songs of all time. It doesn't hit you instantly but then it's not supposed to - like a snow fall in winter it gradually transforms the panoramic picture that the song is situated in and its beauty manifests itself as the song goes progresses and by the end you've got a settled piece of pure art. There is no other U2 song quite like it and they SHOULD have listened to Eno's suggestion that it be the lead single. White as Snow is a lovely song as well. I was reading the backstory to this song and it seems they really captured something in this. The imagery it conjures up as a result reminds me of a book I read recently called 'The Places In Between' written by Rory Stewart (now a Conservative MP here in the UK - highly recommended read!) which details his trek across Afghanistan not long after the collapse of the Taleban regime there in 2002. This song is a perfect soundtrack to it.

I think there was a great album trying to get out here but there are so many sticking points that leave me quite cold towards it. I think Edge's guitar sounds too blunt and obvious which sort of ruins the atmosphere on an album that would have benefitted from taking a lead from The Unforgettable Fire's more ethereal sounds.

For the life of me I will never understand why they included those three middle songs, let alone released two of them as singles. The fact that Get On Your Boots was signed off as the lead single really set in stone the album's relative failure. Magnificent, following a similar trick as Pride, would have been enough as the clear radio hit and I think the album would have stood a better chance if that had set the ball rolling. They didn't do that and ultimately they left us an album, (an era even as evidenced by a tour that seemed to have no thematic connection with the album), that left us scratching our heads with its lack of focus, horrid decision making, mish mash sounds and an uneven pace that left us feeling irritated.
News and Rumors / Re: Ryan Tedder on U2's New Album
« Last post by WookieeWarrior10 on Today at 07:39:59 PM »
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So...I understand I am one of the older folks here, but yes agreed, MOR is not U2, but...

ATYCLB came at a time for me that the 'sound' wasn't important, more of the lyrical journey if that makes sense. There was incredibly spiritual and somewhat difficult moments going on in my life as our son was having major heart surgeries between his  birth in 1997 and 2001 when he had his life changing surgery that connects me to ATYCLB.

My point is, on first listen of any of the LP's up until SOI, we really only knew song titles maybe and a few beach clips...and depending on where you are at in life, will somewhat determine how you first react to it.

As I reflect on the albums and think about more of the sound...there actually always have been 60% MOR songs on each LP, especially from JT on, right?
Even on Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop? Maybe Wild Horses... But I can't think of another song fitting that category.
General Music Discussion / Re: Post Your Most Recent Acquisition
« Last post by Starman on Today at 07:12:43 PM »
Ordered the new Catfish and the Bottlemen album on vinyl. It should be here tomorrow or Monday.

I also ordered the CD/DVD version of Metallica's Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge on eBay. I can finally replace my VHS/cassette version.
Real World / What's The Last Movie You've Watched?
« Last post by Starman on Today at 07:08:51 PM »
Son of Saul. Very sad.
General Music Discussion / Re: Most Overrated Albums
« Last post by fardreamer on Today at 06:46:20 PM »
Nirvana's whole catalogue with the exception of the Unplugged record.

Make no mistake, I'm not saying they're bad at all. I like Nirvana. But they've been elevated to this 'legend' status and their body of work is NOT legendary. Maybe it could have been though.
I'll play.  Of course, as a lifelong fan this list could continue.

1. Like A Song
2. The Fly
3. A Sort of Homecoming
4. Exit
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Drowning Man
7. Please
8. Bullet
9. Acrobat
10. Wire

In no particular order except 1.
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