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Offline BONO31

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Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« on: December 12, 2018, 01:13:23 AM »
Everybody's talking about Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, but what if Flood was the real musical genius?

Flood worked on The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop...

According to the majority U2 fans, those albums are the best and the most experimental.
Flood also produced a lot of great records with Depeche Mode, NIN, PJ Harvey, Foals, Smashing Pumpkins...

So, it looks like he's the most qualified producer for the experimental side of U2, what do you think?




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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2018, 02:20:02 AM »
With regards to the experimental aspect yes I think Flood is the most qualified and the go-to producer for when U2 wants to make an experimental album.

The proof is in the pudding - Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, SOI (U2's successful  experimental endeavors since 1987) all with Flood production.

One thing I like to point out is that Flood last featured heavily on Pop,

SOI is the bands best album since Pop and this was the FIRST time since Pop that Flood had a heavy involvement in a U2 record. So again the prove is in the pudding,

U2 hadn't made a great album since Pop (with Flood) and then 17 years later with Flood finally back at the helm they produced their best album since Pop (SOI).


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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2018, 07:54:44 AM »
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With regards to the experimental aspect yes I think Flood is the most qualified and the go-to producer for when U2 wants to make an experimental album.

The proof is in the pudding - Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop, SOI (U2's successful  experimental endeavors since 1987) all with Flood production.

One thing I like to point out is that Flood last featured heavily on Pop,

SOI is the bands best album since Pop and this was the FIRST time since Pop that Flood had a heavy involvement in a U2 record. So again the prove is in the pudding,

U2 hadn't made a great album since Pop (with Flood) and then 17 years later with Flood finally back at the helm they produced their best album since Pop (SOI).
I would love to hear a new album entirely produced by Flood, it would be awesome!

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2018, 09:58:01 AM »
Flood is amazing and U2 should use him on every album. I think Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois are amazing as well but they dont seem to have gotten better with age unfortunately. Steve Lillywhite is a good producer but he doesnt seem to be very involved in the experimental stuff that I love.

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 11:35:00 AM »
I would love for them to do another Passengers . . . maybe Flood would make a good 5th member instead of Eno, but I'd be happy to hear another one with Eno too.

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 01:22:07 PM »
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I would love for them to do another Passengers . . . maybe Flood would make a good 5th member instead of Eno, but I'd be happy to hear another one with Eno too.
Passengers is a great album, thatís the first U2 album I bought (yes, this is a U2 album😉).
I remember listening to SLUG for the first time,
it was Christmas time, and this song was the perfect soundtrack
for the Christmas tree lights. SLUG also make me feel like Iím in space or in my motherís belly.
Iím sure original soundtrack 2 will see the light of day
when U2 will rereleased original soundtrack 1 in 2025.

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2019, 06:28:55 PM »
He definitely is pivotal to their 90s pivot, and the U2 albums he produced in the 90s are the only ones that have real bass depth to them.

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2019, 02:20:34 PM »
I was partial to Flood's greatness until I listened to PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" album. That convinced me: he is a great producer because his work with artists other than U2 is amazing as well.

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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2019, 03:34:09 PM »
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Re: Is FLOOD the best U2 producer?
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2019, 04:03:57 PM »
Only Butch Vig has a more memorable CV than Flood for the 90s:

Depeche Mode: Violator
NIN: Broken EP
U2: Achtung Baby (mixer)
Depeche Mode: Songs of Faith and Devotion
U2: Zooropa (co-producer)
NIN: The Downward Spiral
PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

...and that's just the first half of the decade!