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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #150 on: September 21, 2017, 10:58:26 AM »
If Boots had better vocals and lyrics, it would've been a good, hard-hitting song.

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #151 on: September 21, 2017, 01:37:37 PM »
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My controversial thought? I love every album, and like every song.

I am in this camp as well.
Broadly, so am I. I have favourites though!

I'm pretty much on this boat as well.  Even some of the songs I like least..I can appreciate them (Mofo), think are either good effort or still worth something (Vertigo) - often in live contexts (yes, even Boots).  Watch out guys - we might be called out by the resident grumps who are convinced anything put out after Pop sucks and we must be hired by the band to post how much we like it.
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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #152 on: September 21, 2017, 01:39:46 PM »
I'm an unapologetic Get On Your Boots fan, especially the 360 version, but "I've got submarine, you've got gasoline" will never not be ridiculous.

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #153 on: September 21, 2017, 01:59:28 PM »
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My controversial thought? I love every album, and like every song.

I am in this camp as well.
Broadly, so am I. I have favourites though!

I'm pretty much on this boat as well.  Even some of the songs I like least..I can appreciate them (Mofo), think are either good effort or still worth something (Vertigo) - often in live contexts (yes, even Boots).  Watch out guys - we might be called out by the resident grumps who are convinced anything put out after Pop sucks and we must be hired by the band to post how much we like it.
Come and get me, grumps!

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #154 on: September 21, 2017, 02:34:32 PM »
A few more 21st century U2 thoughts:

Stand Up Comedy is close to being a good song, but there's just something with the lyrics and the structure that irks me. It starts off so well but falls off towards the end.

I'll Go Crazy is sort of the opposite. The choruses are good up until the "I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight" part and Verse 2 is actually very good lyrically and musically, but it's just a shame that the rest of it is so bland and throwaway-like. If only they had given the lyrics and structure more time to think by saving it for SOI and doctoring it up like they did with EBW.

Magnificent and Every Breaking Wave are great examples of the mix between classic U2 and dance-y, trying to be mainstream U2 that they've been chasing so dearly. If only they'd do more of it.

Also, Unknown Caller is a good song, even with the lyrics. It's a cool mix of rock and some of experimental, Moroccan-inspired music and vibes. The portion from the French horn solo to the end is also one of the best things that U2 has done in the 21st century, imo.


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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #155 on: September 21, 2017, 04:18:21 PM »
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A few more 21st century U2 thoughts:

Stand Up Comedy is close to being a good song, but there's just something with the lyrics and the structure that irks me. It starts off so well but falls off towards the end.

I'll Go Crazy is sort of the opposite. The choruses are good up until the "I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight" part and Verse 2 is actually very good lyrically and musically, but it's just a shame that the rest of it is so bland and throwaway-like. If only they had given the lyrics and structure more time to think by saving it for SOI and doctoring it up like they did with EBW.

Magnificent and Every Breaking Wave are great examples of the mix between classic U2 and dance-y, trying to be mainstream U2 that they've been chasing so dearly. If only they'd do more of it.

Also, Unknown Caller is a good song, even with the lyrics. It's a cool mix of rock and some of experimental, Moroccan-inspired music and vibes. The portion from the French horn solo to the end is also one of the best things that U2 has done in the 21st century, imo.
Stand Up Comedy might be my favorite song on that album!

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #156 on: September 21, 2017, 04:39:22 PM »
The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #157 on: September 21, 2017, 04:45:34 PM »
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The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah, that's pretty controversial!  ;D

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #158 on: September 21, 2017, 04:47:59 PM »
"One Tree Hill" is pretentious and lackluster?  Eh, yeah, you lost me there. 

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #159 on: September 21, 2017, 05:07:04 PM »
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"One Tree Hill" is pretentious and lackluster?  Eh, yeah, you lost me there.

That's especially regarding the coda at the end:

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Oh great ocean
Oh great sea
Run to the ocean
Run to the sea

That's just obnoxiously over-the-top for me.

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #160 on: September 21, 2017, 05:08:08 PM »
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The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah, that's pretty controversial!  ;D

Does this make me the new an tha?  :D

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #161 on: September 21, 2017, 05:09:46 PM »
Have you no heart :o?

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #162 on: September 21, 2017, 05:10:17 PM »
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The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah, that's pretty controversial!  ;D

Does this make me the new an tha?  :D
Sorry, dude...I don't think ANYONE can fill his big, ugly shoes!

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #163 on: September 21, 2017, 06:02:14 PM »
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The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.

Couldn't agree more.

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Re: What are your controversial U2 thoughts?
« Reply #164 on: September 21, 2017, 06:41:05 PM »
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The Joshua Tree is a middle-tier album.

Where the Streets Have No Name is an average track.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For is a terrible song.
In God's Country is annoyingly awful.
One Tree Hill is very pretentious and lackluster.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah, that's pretty controversial!  ;D

Does this make me the new an tha?  :D
Sorry, dude...I don't think ANYONE can fill his big, ugly shoes!

And no one ever will...