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I'd be happy with a more uncompromising NLOTH. I thought it was a great album except that they put GOYB, SUC and Crazy Tonight in the middle, which disrupted the whole flow of it. I think NLOTH with the following tracklisting would have been among their best ever:Speaking from my perspective, what I'd very much like is for them to sound comfortable in their own skin - or, to put it more crudely, to sound their age.But maybe that is it. Maybe they are most comfortable in their own skin now in their 50's writing songs like ordinary love and Invisible and most of us don't want to except it. They are probably now more uncomfortable writing songs like they did in the 90's. That is the problem. I don't want them to try to make an album more experimental because that is want they think people want from them if they are not comfortable making it. Maybe hence the long, long, long delay. If songs like ordinary love and invisible is what we get, I can except it if that is truly what they are comfortable writing.
'Moment of Surrender' was a fantastic step in that direction: there is a timelessness about that song that stands out far beyond the songs around it - and proved that they still have the magic if they listen out for it.
Compare that song to 'Ordinary Love': great melody, great chorus, great guitar sound, but a little lacking in an extra verse and something more robust to give it backbone. With the exception of the wonderful acoustic performances, anything other than the original version sounds painfully contrived (I'm thinking the EDMed-up-drums-remixes here). Or 'Invisible': ok, but could do better. It's all a little bland and, well, forgettable.
To give you examples of artists that made terrific records while sounding comfortable with their own age:
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind (released when he was 56)
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball (48)
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (52)
You will note that the first two of those records were produced by Daniel Lanois, and that all of the artists were in and around the same age as U2 are now when they made them. Note too that their age didn't preclude writing 'hits': 'Time Out of Mind' has 'Make You Feel My Love' on it (later a pretty big hit for Adele), while 'The Rising' had plenty of radio-friendly tracks (including three widely-played singles: 'The Rising', 'Lonesome Day', 'Waitin' on a Sunny Day') – Emmylou Harris was a little short on hits, I'll grant you.
What am I looking for? For the band to more comfortable in its own collective soul.
1. Soon - Stingray Guitar medley
4. Moment of surrender
5. Unknown Caller
6. Winter - The Corbijn version, not the BROTHERS version...
7. Being Born
8. White as Snow
10 Cedars of Lebanon
I'd be happy with an album like that. Call it experimental if that helps you...
^^^^ that's a much better album than they released... minus unknown caller. I would take EBW and replace it.
Minus Being Born and keep Unknown Caller.
3. Moment of surrender
4. Unknown Caller - fez early version
5. Winter - The Corbijn version
6. White as Snow
8. Cedars of Lebanon
10. Every breaking wave
This would have been incredible.