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Title: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: aarong on March 28, 2011, 08:46:28 AM
They've asked you for some new direction..... What would your new U2 album sound like?

Mine would be a tacky plastic early 80s synth soud, with a few Whitesnake and bros covers in it
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Spannisheyes on March 28, 2011, 08:53:28 AM
Back to the punk rock genre!!! Or maybe unforgettable fire style :)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: U2-obsessed and proud on March 28, 2011, 10:49:36 AM
First of all I would demand that North Star and Mercy both be on the album.

Second, I would want their album to sound like a combination of the ATYCLB, HTDAAB, NLOTH sounds.  There would be the back to basics sound from ATYCLB, combined with the heavy guitar of HTDAAB, along with the sonic experimentation of songs like Unknown Caller and Fez off of NLOTH
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: MissSarajevo on March 28, 2011, 11:10:25 AM
I'd force them to go away, dream it all up again and come back with something entirely new, without caring how well they'll do on hit lists. I'm sure they could pull up another AB if they only dared to make music they really like without commercial calculations.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: rootedphoenix ~lost in the music~ on March 28, 2011, 11:15:48 AM
I'd want to know the shape of what they'd been working on already. That way, I could look for and find the sound (or sounds, gotta have variety) that they've dug up on their own (with help, but yeah). I'd use those as a guide.

I'm not sure I know enough to do what I'm yammering about, but I..I'd like to think I could, lol.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: satellitedog01 on March 28, 2011, 11:23:43 AM
I'd tell them to throw away their brains for a couple of weeks and just write and play U2 songs that would be recorded in one-two sessions, like the songs of poor musos.
Then when we got enough material I'd let them listen to it for a week and list everything they want to change, come up with the changes, record the changes and rerecord the songs with the changes, live in the room. Mix it live, send it off for mastering and release it out of the blue.

It could be followed by a find the clues viral marketing campaign of micro-websites with live sessions and B-side giveaways like I believe in Father Christmas and Neon Lights, and word of mouth/web fuelling of interest leading to a short availability Youtube webcast of a full album gig.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Tumbling Dice on March 28, 2011, 11:25:09 AM
I want them to collapse everything they've done in their career thus far, into NOW.



Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: satellitedog01 on March 28, 2011, 11:27:30 AM
My aim would be to get rid of their anxieties and indecision. Just get some new music out of your system to be able to evolve instead of combing together disparate elements of U2 in a mish-mash album. They could refine and rearrange the songs to their hearts content by the time they go touring.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on March 28, 2011, 11:29:31 AM
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I want them to collapse everything they've done in their career thus far, into NOW.


Was there suppose to be an REM reference in there?  ;)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: rootedphoenix ~lost in the music~ on March 28, 2011, 11:32:34 AM
I did not notice that! LOL that's awesome if so.

(Though it might be very hard to collapse everything.)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: hurricane hugo on March 28, 2011, 11:55:33 AM
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They've asked you for some new direction..... What would your new U2 album sound like?


I would want to take advantage of their full dynamic range. the loud parts would be far more aggressive sounding, and the quiet parts would be really quiet. taking a cue from Pink Floyd's '70s work, there would be very little compression used.

#@!
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: InThisHeartland on March 28, 2011, 08:02:45 PM
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They've asked you for some new direction..... What would your new U2 album sound like?


I would want to take advantage of their full dynamic range. the loud parts would be far more aggressive sounding, and the quiet parts would be really quiet. taking a cue from Pink Floyd's '70s work, there would be very little compression used.

#@!

+1

actually more like plus a thousand! i love dynamic range so much
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Voxare on March 28, 2011, 09:23:07 PM
I would take them away somewhere - something they seem to do a lot when they are recording but I think it is important for them to get away from their everyday lives and family responsiblities in order to be able to make a new record.
I would take them somewhere different to where they've been before - somewhere loud and busy, probably South America or south east Asia. I would make them stay in a cheap hotel - no big suites - I would make them take a break from money and the rockstar lifestyle (I think it clouds the music).
I would restrict their studio time and give them a hard date when the album was going to the printers - finished or not. I think they spend too much time now trying to make everything perfect - in the early days they were pushed because they knew they had to keep releaseing stuff to make it in the music world - now they are not so pressed they take their time and the problem is - they think a lot of their earlier stuff is 'unfinished' - we think it is awesome - they kept going with NLOTH until it felt finished - we feel that it is oveproduced.
The specific sound would be something they need to find - I trust them to be able to do that - but that is the situation I would give them to help them find it :)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Zooropa Baby Pop on June 20, 2011, 04:05:27 PM
go back to post-punk
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Spannisheyes on June 20, 2011, 04:24:04 PM
^ agrees!
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: HarlemsAngel94 on June 20, 2011, 04:48:16 PM
Take 12 Achtung Baby B-sides, polish 'em up, put them out... And expect the success to rival HTDAAB and blow NLOTH out of the water...
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Starman on June 20, 2011, 05:23:31 PM
Option 1: I would have them take the album on a more techno/industrial path, with drum loops and stuff. It would be like Pop.

Option 2: Have them release an album of covers of crappy pop songs (like Friday and stuff) and release it for free on April Fools Day.

Option 3: Have them rerelease ATYCLB on April Fools Day.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: satellitedog01 on June 20, 2011, 05:48:28 PM
Option 3. :-)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Boom Cha! on June 20, 2011, 05:50:00 PM
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Option 1: I would have them take the album on a more techno/industrial path, with drum loops and stuff. It would be like Pop.

I could go for an industrial-like U2 album. Trent Reznor could produce.  8)
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Zooropa Baby Pop on June 20, 2011, 05:52:54 PM
option 2
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: satellitedog01 on June 20, 2011, 05:55:34 PM
I want an all vuvuzela U2 album. I want Vuvuzealots.
A b-side could be an update of Vertigo.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Starman on June 20, 2011, 05:59:31 PM
Yeah, but Bono is horrible with instruments. There's no way he could play a vuvuzela.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: satellitedog01 on June 20, 2011, 06:03:27 PM
If he blows it he blows it.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Starman on June 20, 2011, 06:06:16 PM
 :D
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on June 20, 2011, 06:29:06 PM
First off, I would find a location where outside hustle and bustle wouldn't be a factor or get in the way of recording. This way, no outside distractions would divert the band's attention away from the music, like all of Bono's charity work or the now infamous Spiderman musical.

Second, I would go one on one with each band member, and find out the kind of music each one of them personally favor, and the styles and directions they would prefer on going. And using this, I'd attempt to find a central theme on what to work on, that combines elements from all four of them.

And a few other things I would do I'll just make into a list...

- Bring back the power in Larry's drumming, like how the drums in Atomic Bomb were. No Line messed around with Larry's sound too much, I'd like to hear a hundred percent Larry playing, no effects.

- Take away delay and echo from Edge, and have him work on and find sounds that do no incorporate the classic U2 delay sound. This way, you'd most likely hear more innovative tones from him.

- Support and encourage Adam's more groovy style of playing. I like what he's been doing recently, and would love to hear him get really groovy on the next album if they allow it. And also maybe just for a little bit, bring back a bit of the slap bass, example Gloria.

- Encourage Bono to return to his lower register for a good portion of the album, and regain the strength in singing in that lower register. He's stays in the higher range of his voice for the past decade, and it'd be nice for him to sing at a normal level.

- Also for Bono, I'd like to give him one room, with walls lined with blank paper and a black sharpie, and just write whatever comes to mind. From there, turn some of what he wrote into lyrics.

- For the whole band, as CTB already mentioned on, to use their full dynamic range, and lower the compression.

- Also for the whole band, to encourage the direction of NLOTH, especially the sparse Moroccan influences in tracks like FEZ.  

- For the recording process, DO NOT over do or over record a track. I would have them take tracks and record it once, and give them only 1 chance to re-record said track. I am willing to bet that No Line had a lot more experimental sounds in the beginning of it's recording than after all the changes and commercializing they did to it.

- These three men are not allowed near the recording premises. Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

I wouldn't exactly make the band stick to a certain sound, because that would defeat the purpose to me. If I had to choose a sonic route for them, I'd like to see music that sounds like a mashup between ATYCLB, Moby in the 2000s, Arcade Fire, and Passengers. Kind of an experimental but modern sound at the same time.

Sorry for the extremely long post  :D
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: HarlemsAngel94 on June 20, 2011, 07:23:55 PM
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First off, I would find a location where outside hustle and bustle wouldn't be a factor or get in the way of recording. This way, no outside distractions would divert the band's attention away from the music, like all of Bono's charity work or the now infamous Spiderman musical.

Second, I would go one on one with each band member, and find out the kind of music each one of them personally favor, and the styles and directions they would prefer on going. And using this, I'd attempt to find a central theme on what to work on, that combines elements from all four of them.

And a few other things I would do I'll just make into a list...

- Bring back the power in Larry's drumming, like how the drums in Atomic Bomb were. No Line messed around with Larry's sound too much, I'd like to hear a hundred percent Larry playing, no effects.

- Take away delay and echo from Edge, and have him work on and find sounds that do no incorporate the classic U2 delay sound. This way, you'd most likely hear more innovative tones from him.

- Support and encourage Adam's more groovy style of playing. I like what he's been doing recently, and would love to hear him get really groovy on the next album if they allow it. And also maybe just for a little bit, bring back a bit of the slap bass, example Gloria.

- Encourage Bono to return to his lower register for a good portion of the album, and regain the strength in singing in that lower register. He's stays in the higher range of his voice for the past decade, and it'd be nice for him to sing at a normal level.

- Also for Bono, I'd like to give him one room, with walls lined with blank paper and a black sharpie, and just write whatever comes to mind. From there, turn some of what he wrote into lyrics.

- For the whole band, as CTB already mentioned on, to use their full dynamic range, and lower the compression.

- Also for the whole band, to encourage the direction of NLOTH, especially the sparse Moroccan influences in tracks like FEZ.  

- For the recording process, DO NOT over do or over record a track. I would have them take tracks and record it once, and give them only 1 chance to re-record said track. I am willing to bet that No Line had a lot more experimental sounds in the beginning of it's recording than after all the changes and commercializing they did to it.

- These three men are not allowed near the recording premises. Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

I wouldn't exactly make the band stick to a certain sound, because that would defeat the purpose to me. If I had to choose a sonic route for them, I'd like to see music that sounds like a mashup between ATYCLB, Moby in the 2000s, Arcade Fire, and Passengers. Kind of an experimental but modern sound at the same time.

Sorry for the extremely long post  :D


That's a mortal sin...
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on June 20, 2011, 08:26:03 PM
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First off, I would find a location where outside hustle and bustle wouldn't be a factor or get in the way of recording. This way, no outside distractions would divert the band's attention away from the music, like all of Bono's charity work or the now infamous Spiderman musical.

Second, I would go one on one with each band member, and find out the kind of music each one of them personally favor, and the styles and directions they would prefer on going. And using this, I'd attempt to find a central theme on what to work on, that combines elements from all four of them.

And a few other things I would do I'll just make into a list...

- Bring back the power in Larry's drumming, like how the drums in Atomic Bomb were. No Line messed around with Larry's sound too much, I'd like to hear a hundred percent Larry playing, no effects.

- Take away delay and echo from Edge, and have him work on and find sounds that do no incorporate the classic U2 delay sound. This way, you'd most likely hear more innovative tones from him.

- Support and encourage Adam's more groovy style of playing. I like what he's been doing recently, and would love to hear him get really groovy on the next album if they allow it. And also maybe just for a little bit, bring back a bit of the slap bass, example Gloria.

- Encourage Bono to return to his lower register for a good portion of the album, and regain the strength in singing in that lower register. He's stays in the higher range of his voice for the past decade, and it'd be nice for him to sing at a normal level.

- Also for Bono, I'd like to give him one room, with walls lined with blank paper and a black sharpie, and just write whatever comes to mind. From there, turn some of what he wrote into lyrics.

- For the whole band, as CTB already mentioned on, to use their full dynamic range, and lower the compression.

- Also for the whole band, to encourage the direction of NLOTH, especially the sparse Moroccan influences in tracks like FEZ.  

- For the recording process, DO NOT over do or over record a track. I would have them take tracks and record it once, and give them only 1 chance to re-record said track. I am willing to bet that No Line had a lot more experimental sounds in the beginning of it's recording than after all the changes and commercializing they did to it.

- These three men are not allowed near the recording premises. Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

I wouldn't exactly make the band stick to a certain sound, because that would defeat the purpose to me. If I had to choose a sonic route for them, I'd like to see music that sounds like a mashup between ATYCLB, Moby in the 2000s, Arcade Fire, and Passengers. Kind of an experimental but modern sound at the same time.

Sorry for the extremely long post  :D


That's a mortal sin...

The key idea behind that is to make Edge get out of his comfort zone.

The last decade hasn't seen much in the way of sonic originality from Edge, and doing this would make him find sounds he normally wouldn't

Would I completely abandon delay? No, but I'd like a change of scenery for him.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: pinman78(I love this town even if that doesn't ring true) on June 20, 2011, 08:28:45 PM
I want to hear the Edge play the banjo!
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: HarlemsAngel94 on June 20, 2011, 08:44:51 PM
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First off, I would find a location where outside hustle and bustle wouldn't be a factor or get in the way of recording. This way, no outside distractions would divert the band's attention away from the music, like all of Bono's charity work or the now infamous Spiderman musical.

Second, I would go one on one with each band member, and find out the kind of music each one of them personally favor, and the styles and directions they would prefer on going. And using this, I'd attempt to find a central theme on what to work on, that combines elements from all four of them.

And a few other things I would do I'll just make into a list...

- Bring back the power in Larry's drumming, like how the drums in Atomic Bomb were. No Line messed around with Larry's sound too much, I'd like to hear a hundred percent Larry playing, no effects.

- Take away delay and echo from Edge, and have him work on and find sounds that do no incorporate the classic U2 delay sound. This way, you'd most likely hear more innovative tones from him.

- Support and encourage Adam's more groovy style of playing. I like what he's been doing recently, and would love to hear him get really groovy on the next album if they allow it. And also maybe just for a little bit, bring back a bit of the slap bass, example Gloria.

- Encourage Bono to return to his lower register for a good portion of the album, and regain the strength in singing in that lower register. He's stays in the higher range of his voice for the past decade, and it'd be nice for him to sing at a normal level.

- Also for Bono, I'd like to give him one room, with walls lined with blank paper and a black sharpie, and just write whatever comes to mind. From there, turn some of what he wrote into lyrics.

- For the whole band, as CTB already mentioned on, to use their full dynamic range, and lower the compression.

- Also for the whole band, to encourage the direction of NLOTH, especially the sparse Moroccan influences in tracks like FEZ.  

- For the recording process, DO NOT over do or over record a track. I would have them take tracks and record it once, and give them only 1 chance to re-record said track. I am willing to bet that No Line had a lot more experimental sounds in the beginning of it's recording than after all the changes and commercializing they did to it.

- These three men are not allowed near the recording premises. Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

I wouldn't exactly make the band stick to a certain sound, because that would defeat the purpose to me. If I had to choose a sonic route for them, I'd like to see music that sounds like a mashup between ATYCLB, Moby in the 2000s, Arcade Fire, and Passengers. Kind of an experimental but modern sound at the same time.

Sorry for the extremely long post  :D


That's a mortal sin...

The key idea behind that is to make Edge get out of his comfort zone.

The last decade hasn't seen much in the way of sonic originality from Edge, and doing this would make him find sounds he normally wouldn't

Would I completely abandon delay? No, but I'd like a change of scenery for him.

I understand and actually like your way of thinking. I've advocated before to have U2 do acoustic stuff, because I am much more partial to the acoustic guitar, and that would certainly be an even further step away from Edge's sound.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on June 20, 2011, 08:48:19 PM
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First off, I would find a location where outside hustle and bustle wouldn't be a factor or get in the way of recording. This way, no outside distractions would divert the band's attention away from the music, like all of Bono's charity work or the now infamous Spiderman musical.

Second, I would go one on one with each band member, and find out the kind of music each one of them personally favor, and the styles and directions they would prefer on going. And using this, I'd attempt to find a central theme on what to work on, that combines elements from all four of them.

And a few other things I would do I'll just make into a list...

- Bring back the power in Larry's drumming, like how the drums in Atomic Bomb were. No Line messed around with Larry's sound too much, I'd like to hear a hundred percent Larry playing, no effects.

- Take away delay and echo from Edge, and have him work on and find sounds that do no incorporate the classic U2 delay sound. This way, you'd most likely hear more innovative tones from him.

- Support and encourage Adam's more groovy style of playing. I like what he's been doing recently, and would love to hear him get really groovy on the next album if they allow it. And also maybe just for a little bit, bring back a bit of the slap bass, example Gloria.

- Encourage Bono to return to his lower register for a good portion of the album, and regain the strength in singing in that lower register. He's stays in the higher range of his voice for the past decade, and it'd be nice for him to sing at a normal level.

- Also for Bono, I'd like to give him one room, with walls lined with blank paper and a black sharpie, and just write whatever comes to mind. From there, turn some of what he wrote into lyrics.

- For the whole band, as CTB already mentioned on, to use their full dynamic range, and lower the compression.

- Also for the whole band, to encourage the direction of NLOTH, especially the sparse Moroccan influences in tracks like FEZ.  

- For the recording process, DO NOT over do or over record a track. I would have them take tracks and record it once, and give them only 1 chance to re-record said track. I am willing to bet that No Line had a lot more experimental sounds in the beginning of it's recording than after all the changes and commercializing they did to it.

- These three men are not allowed near the recording premises. Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

I wouldn't exactly make the band stick to a certain sound, because that would defeat the purpose to me. If I had to choose a sonic route for them, I'd like to see music that sounds like a mashup between ATYCLB, Moby in the 2000s, Arcade Fire, and Passengers. Kind of an experimental but modern sound at the same time.

Sorry for the extremely long post  :D


That's a mortal sin...

The key idea behind that is to make Edge get out of his comfort zone.

The last decade hasn't seen much in the way of sonic originality from Edge, and doing this would make him find sounds he normally wouldn't

Would I completely abandon delay? No, but I'd like a change of scenery for him.

I understand and actually like your way of thinking. I've advocated before to have U2 do acoustic stuff, because I am much more partial to the acoustic guitar, and that would certainly be an even further step away from Edge's sound.

See that's exactly the type of stuff I was going for.

Just taking the delay out makes it sound very different, and I'd love to see more inclusion of acoustic guitars.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: sherri on August 07, 2011, 07:22:49 AM
lots of roaring.

actually I don't really know. I want an album that challenges, confronts, woos, seduces, uplifts, encourages, breaks and all kinds of other things without the people really being aware of it.

I want an album that brings people to their knees (in a good way.)


I want it to eat you.
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: aarong on August 30, 2011, 04:51:24 PM
Hmmmmmm  - how about "Newfoundland's Lost Folk Songs On The Banjo - a Harmonic Non Vocal Journey" - a voiceless tribute to East Canada by U2.

OK OK Im off to bed
Title: Re: OK you're asked to produce U2's Next Album
Post by: Miami66 on August 30, 2011, 06:26:02 PM
Reggae album.

Original Christmas Songs.

Original Irish/Celtic/Sea Shanty songs.