@U2 Forum

U2 => The Music and Lyrics => Topic started by: andrewau2 on August 21, 2016, 09:48:43 AM

Title: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on August 21, 2016, 09:48:43 AM
The two hints as to the sound of Songs of Experience are so different!

There's the rocking clip from the studio that Adam posted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fec7RCfciM
Edit: This clip became the bridge in The Blackout:
https://www.facebook.com/u2/videos/10155989836631686/?permPage=1

And there's the pop/dance remix beach clip that Kygo has played.
Edit: link was taken down, here's the album version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbGSiJ9iat8

Which one do you prefer for the new album and why?
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on August 21, 2016, 09:55:03 AM
I would go for the pop/edm direction. It's time to make a radical change from the sound of previous albums, not because I don't like it, I like it a lot but I like bands that evolve and I'm scared that if they go for the rock sound it's gonna be more of the same.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: riffraff on August 21, 2016, 09:55:19 AM
I chose a mix...why not mix it up?
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: ecadad on August 21, 2016, 09:57:40 AM
Mix of both is dangerous. I want them to commit to one sound, whether it's rock or dance or pop. A mixed album gives us NLOTH, which is great but not cohesive.

Personally I would prefer a pop/EDM direction. We have plenty of U2 doing rock and darker stuff. I want some music I can dance and sing along to! But rock could be great...
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on August 21, 2016, 10:27:42 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I would go for the pop/edm direction. It's time to make a radical change from the sound of previous albums, not because I don't like it, I like it a lot but I like bands that evolve and I'm scared that if they go for the rock sound it's gonna be more of the same.
You're right, it is time for another change in direction. The thing is, the output U2 has given us over the past four records has not been rock. I want U2 to play real rock-n-roll, like on Boy or Achtung Baby, preferably.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: j933760 on August 21, 2016, 11:27:39 AM

I want it to sound like the beach clip - lots of barking.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: very good on August 21, 2016, 11:33:19 AM
As far away from the lousy SOI as possible so the first option for me.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: pdk on August 21, 2016, 12:05:47 PM
I appreciate everything they do, but I wish they would get a bug up their ass to make an aggressive album using the same setup as their earliest work. 

Then again, Iris and Breathe are good examples of the band front and center... and many are disappointed... many others don't realize the core of those songs are the band's primary colors in prominence.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: xy on August 21, 2016, 12:08:59 PM
Rock please. That clip along with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJUUIgTXeI, past 4:00 mark sounds like Edge finally coming back.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: U2 since 82 on August 21, 2016, 01:50:43 PM
The rock version every time!
U2 are a rock band NOT a pop band!

Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Waffles on August 21, 2016, 01:52:29 PM
A continuation of SOI is fine for me. I consider SOI a mix, side 1 is very pop while side 2 is rock. Maybe for SOE side 1 is very rock and as the album progresses lighter, to more fun songs
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: iehomecoming on August 21, 2016, 02:30:22 PM
As far away as possible from SFS and it's ilk.

Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: MattD on August 21, 2016, 03:14:05 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
As far away as possible from SFS and it's ilk.

Song For Someone is an embarrassment of a song, especially for a band of U2's calibre.

EDIT: Just having listened to the song again, I can say that Song For Someone sounds like a Keane song. About as big an insult as you could give a song.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on August 21, 2016, 04:27:41 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
A continuation of SOI is fine for me. I consider SOI a mix, side 1 is very pop while side 2 is rock. Maybe for SOE side 1 is very rock and as the album progresses lighter, to more fun songs
U2 have always had their darker songs on the second half of the album, switching that around could be a great idea if executed correctly. Like a reverse Pop.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: dan on August 21, 2016, 05:16:53 PM
I would like to hear more solo guitar from Edge without Bono butting in as he likes to do in a lot of songs.

A mixture of Boy, UF, AB and a distinctive new sound in its own right would be great.

Not much to ask, I know.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: mdmomof7 on August 21, 2016, 05:23:09 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Rock please. That clip along with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJUUIgTXeI, past 4:00 mark sounds like Edge finally coming back.

I voted for a mix, but on second thought, dang!!!! What IS that Bono is singing? MORE!!
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on August 21, 2016, 05:57:47 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Rock please. That clip along with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJUUIgTXeI, past 4:00 mark sounds like Edge finally coming back.

I voted for a mix, but on second thought, dang!!!! What IS that Bono is singing? MORE!!
It's similar to what we heard on SOI, but definitely improved and executed much better.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: fardreamer on August 21, 2016, 07:23:02 PM
I just want the band to make the music they want to make, regardless of its 'sound'. Ultimately, I just want to hear it, whatever it is.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: reasons40 on August 21, 2016, 08:04:55 PM
More of a rock-edge, but I don't care for the sound from Adam's studio either. Definitely not a pop/dance music sound. I have a feeling it's going to be watered down 'world music' though...something nice and easy for everybody.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: imaginary friend on August 21, 2016, 11:21:21 PM
Listen to the last 2 songs on Led Zeppelin IV: the gentle "Going to California" segueing into the full-on assault of "When The Levee Breaks". Variety is good. I voted option #3.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: riffraff on August 22, 2016, 05:31:30 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I would like to hear more solo guitar from Edge without Bono butting in as he likes to do in a lot of songs.

A mixture of Boy, UF, AB and a distinctive new sound in its own right would be great.

Not much to ask, I know.

YES! Less Bono-talk, more Edge solo. And, yes to your mix suggestion, too. Yeah, not TOO much to ask!
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Philaboy1971 on August 22, 2016, 06:08:10 AM
I'm hoping for a more Vertigo/ Until the End of the World sound being that this album would reflect the era of experience.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Volcanogirl on August 22, 2016, 06:44:38 AM
I love U2 when they rock, but i went for mix because it's great to have some different styles to play. A dance tune will open the door to a set list with songs we haven't heard long time (live).
That's my hope........well .......one can dream !
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Neil Young, man! on August 22, 2016, 10:36:13 AM
I prefer 'coherent albums' so as long as they pick one. And, crucially, do everything NOT to sound like God-awful-music-for-people-who-don't-like-music Coldplay.

I would give a lot to hear Eno's original version of the 'No Line' album.

And yes I am an old time fan but I like the 2000 albums ok, at least for spells like When I look at the world, Moment of surrender, White as snow, Sleep like a baby...stuff only U2 could have done.



Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Vox on August 22, 2016, 06:56:17 PM
I think what's stymied U2 lately is that they don't know what sound to make.  Do they want to do a Rick Rubin album, or do they want to do a musical soundtrack.  Do they want to do a dance album, or do they want to do an ambient, meditative album. 

U2?  Listen:  At the end of the day, you are primarily a rock band.  You should do a rock album.  With lots of guitars with different sounds throughout (i.e. a reintroduction to The Edge).  And when you reach back to revisit the past this time, let it land somewhere in the 90's.  Add some dancier stuff, a few songs with new-wave synths and a few songs with electronic beats.  Have a bunch of chanting (i.e. "Volcano, etc,) in half the songs.  Heck, why not go ahead and throw in a couple of your ballads.  But then, with a nod to your political and outspoken roots, include a scathing, biting, loud song about someone who is unnamed in the lyric but is obviously Donald Trump (i.e. "Bullet the Blue Sky," etc.).  And after it's all said and done, say you've had precedent, and did it all again, just like you've done before. 

And put it out soon.  You're running out of time.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: The Hair of Martin Gore on August 23, 2016, 07:31:39 AM
I'd have voted "mix" if I had any faith that U2 were into good electronic music, but there's nothing to indicate that they are.  The clip Adam posted is great, and I want more of that. Edge's guitar sounds incredible. The song at the end of Edge's Fender video is really good too, so they should stick with that - adventurous, effect laden rock songs.  Not lame EDM.  The kids don't want to dance with their parents, or grandparents. 

Adam's clip the Edge's fender video, along with the improved songwriting and conceptual tour had me more excited about U2 since the run-up to ATYCLB (coming off nearly 20 years of greatness).  You're The Best Thing kinda dampered that though. They should just give that song to Ariana Grande or someone like that.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: gujuju on August 23, 2016, 07:47:34 AM
It's going to have a rock sounds guys -- there's the Fender clip and there's the Adam clip.   

The Best Thing seems to either be a remix of a song or just a separate project -- remember they have many "leftover" songs from the last 10 years.  Rick Rubin Sessions/ RedOne sessions etc.  I am just guessing but I could see a scenario where they handed an unfinished song to Kygo and had him "finish it".   If this was a legit single from SOE there's no way we would be finding out about it this way (i.e. YouTube clip from a Kygo concert)
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Thunder Peel on August 23, 2016, 08:02:32 AM
I'd love a booming rock album with songs like The Fly, CFYT and Gloria as the template.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: an tha on August 23, 2016, 08:12:44 AM
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Neil Young, man! on August 23, 2016, 08:48:16 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

Agreed. Please yourselves, critics and fans, forget the Coldplay loving non-music fans.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: gujuju on August 23, 2016, 08:57:22 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I remember you liked SOI when it was released.  What are your thoughts on it now?
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: iehomecoming on August 23, 2016, 08:58:32 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

Agreed. Please yourselves, critics and fans, forget the Coldplay loving non-music fans.

Don't worry about pleasing fans and critics. just make music that you want to make with no regard if the fair weather fans, critics, grammy committees, etc will like it. Don't try and dabble in hip hop or dance just because that's what "the kids" will buy, they're not the ones buying the concert tickets. And please stop trying to be coldplay ferchrissakes.

Look to Springsteen as a role model, he just does what HE wants (although I personally don't care for it), not what he thinks will sell or what he thinks may make him more "relevant".

Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: daffi on August 23, 2016, 09:41:26 AM
ROCK ROCK ROCK !!! not pop-dance songs, we hear it enough on the radio in the past few years , more Edge's  solos!!!! some fresh and new rock songs!!!!!!! 
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: The Hair of Martin Gore on August 23, 2016, 10:09:43 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

All of this!  I think SOI would have been greatly improved by not having every song filled with keyboards pads. They were suffocating.

Bono's voice - or the way he chooses to use it - is piercing.  Even if it was lower in the mix it would be better.

Edge has to stop chiming.  He did his best work when during the time chiming was basically banned.  It's possible that he's done everything he can do, but if he's going to repeat himself I'd prefer it was with laying parts laden with different effects, or the muted riffing on War than the chiming.

Larry and Adam are better players than they've ever been, but it doesn't come through on the album.  A more balanced mix would bring them up more, but it would also be great if they played parts that were a bit more complex or inventive.

If I could have U2 grant me one wish, it would be for Bono to quit with the damn love songs, and the self deprecating songs that are basically humblebrags, and with the attempts at cleverness which have always fallen flat this century.  I guess that's three wishes.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: satellitedog on August 23, 2016, 10:19:00 AM
Neither please. U2 should just write music for music's sake, no rock songs, no pop tunes. These categories limit their scope to goals that will result in formula.

I want music from them.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: PieBlaCon on August 23, 2016, 10:27:08 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I think that ship has sailed. "Cedars of Lebanon" doesn't engender the hip new fans U2 seems to be after.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: an tha on August 23, 2016, 10:47:06 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I remember you liked SOI when it was released.  What are your thoughts on it now?

it is ok....it is a decent effort.

side 1 didn't wear well and has some dogs on it...side 2 has some of their best music since Pop on it.

more of the same or more pop rock would be very dull though to me

the biggest criticism i have of modern day u2 is they aren't as clever and subtle as they used to be the music is dumbed down and too safe - lacks a spark, lacks grit, anger, atmospherics and isn't to me moving in the main - when they step away from the middle of the road they still shine ala SLABT, COL even the troubles...
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Neil Young, man! on August 23, 2016, 11:04:31 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

Agreed. Please yourselves, critics and fans, forget the Coldplay loving non-music fans.

Don't worry about pleasing fans and critics. just make music that you want to make with no regard if the fair weather fans, critics, grammy committees, etc will like it. Don't try and dabble in hip hop or dance just because that's what "the kids" will buy, they're not the ones buying the concert tickets. And please stop trying to be coldplay ferchrissakes.

Look to Springsteen as a role model, he just does what HE wants (although I personally don't care for it), not what he thinks will sell or what he thinks may make him more "relevant".

Regardless of how you feel about their music, Springsteen has integrity, and so does Neil Young. Seeing as Bono looks (looked?) up to both of them, can't he just take some inspiration...
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: SwimmingSorrows on August 23, 2016, 11:17:55 PM
If it's good, I don't care which direction they go in.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: mc on August 24, 2016, 01:11:44 AM
both.....just like Lemon was different to the rest of Zooropa
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: jules on August 24, 2016, 02:00:41 AM
For the me the live versions of Breathe and NLOTH are the best thing U2 have done in years. So elevating and life affirming.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: wik73 on August 24, 2016, 07:22:05 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I remember you liked SOI when it was released.  What are your thoughts on it now?

it is ok....it is a decent effort.

side 1 didn't wear well and has some dogs on it...side 2 has some of their best music since Pop on it.

more of the same or more pop rock would be very dull though to me

the biggest criticism i have of modern day u2 is they aren't as clever and subtle as they used to be the music is dumbed down and too safe - lacks a spark, lacks grit, anger, atmospherics and isn't to me moving in the main - when they step away from the middle of the road they still shine ala SLABT, COL even the troubles...
I agree completely with your last paragraph. The lyrics are too straightforward and the nice guy persona in their music gets boring.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: wik73 on August 24, 2016, 07:25:22 AM
I think MOS and Unknown Caller are tunes that show they still have something special but the delivery still lacks the urgency we've heard before. SLABT and Trouble are also moving in the right direction.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Cam501 on August 24, 2016, 08:40:51 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I'd have voted "mix" if I had any faith that U2 were into good electronic music, but there's nothing to indicate that they are.  The clip Adam posted is great, and I want more of that. Edge's guitar sounds incredible. The song at the end of Edge's Fender video is really good too, so they should stick with that - adventurous, effect laden rock songs.  Not lame EDM.  The kids don't want to dance with their parents, or grandparents. 

Adam's clip the Edge's fender video, along with the improved songwriting and conceptual tour had me more excited about U2 since the run-up to ATYCLB (coming off nearly 20 years of greatness).  You're The Best Thing kinda dampered that though. They should just give that song to Ariana Grande or someone like that.

I'm ok with a mostly rock album that has some electronic influences.  Heck I go to more electronic shows than I do rock shows these days.  If you would have asked me that 10 years ago I would have said you were crazy.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on August 26, 2016, 08:43:43 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
Rock please. That clip along with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJUUIgTXeI, past 4:00 mark sounds like Edge finally coming back.

Yeah, I agree.  The end of that youtube clip sounds great.  An album of heavy guitars like that and the clip Adam posted would be amazing.  I don't think U2 has ever really had a guitar driven mostly rock album before.  Come to think of it, the times they have been close are arguably their best albums.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: georgemccauley on August 31, 2016, 05:00:59 AM
I think the majority want to see a Rock album.

Personally I want to hear a more rockier edge to their next album, more solos from Edge and thicker, grittier guitars. I think SOI was very much stripped back as it was such a personal record to the band, now it's time to rock with the next record I feel
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on August 31, 2016, 03:09:45 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I think the majority want to see a Rock album.

Personally I want to hear a more rockier edge to their next album, more solos from Edge and thicker, grittier guitars. I think SOI was very much stripped back as it was such a personal record to the band, now it's time to rock with the next record I feel
Well said. I want to see U2 make another Dirty Day, The Fly, or Acrobat. The Instagram video Adam posted a few months back was decent compared to their more recent efforts, but still lacking.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: CLarryG on September 02, 2016, 10:10:29 PM
It seems everyone wants, (including me) less pop album, more rock/experimentation which was what NLOLH was and I thought was the best since AB by far.  SOI is down at the bottom of the album list for me.

So I'll take a AB/NLOTH sound everyday of the week and twice on SBS.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on February 26, 2017, 11:42:55 AM
According to the new Mojo magazine interview about the new album, "Other songs mentioned as likely for the new album are "The Best Thing About You Is Me" so that is an indication that the album will have at least one poppy song.

I wonder how many of the 18 possible songs listed here:
http://www.atu2.com/newalbum/
will actually be rocking...
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: MEMORY_MAN on February 26, 2017, 07:41:48 PM
Anything but the style of the latest Coldplay album.  Their earlier stuff I like, but the new one has limited magic.  We need to hear more virtuoso rocking guitar with creative effects from Edge with a showcase of Larry and Adams awesome technique and Bono's voice needs to have more atmosphere and less dry room sound. 
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: vertigofly40 on February 26, 2017, 08:52:31 PM
I'm anxious for any new U2 at this point.  Either way they go, I would like to see them commit to it.  I felt the SOI suffered from too much second guessing and ended up diluting some of the tracks. 
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: tigerfan41 on February 26, 2017, 09:23:57 PM
I hadn't listened to "The Best Thing" prior to tonight. I have mixed opinions about it. Lyrically and vocally it sounds pretty good, musically it has potential BUT I am hoping it has a little less of an electronic sound and more of a pop-rock sound. I do not want to see them go the route of Coldplay. I do not mind a more danceable sound, provided it's pulled off well and doesn't have that cheesy techno electronic sound. I mean, how's that going to be pulled off live? How's that going to sound when played alongside their other songs? It needs to have more guitar, more of an oomph sound. The song kind of reminds me of "The Crystal Ballroom", just more electronic.

I liked the sound of the Adam clip better, but that may just be my preferences as more of a rock music fan.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Spaderholic on February 27, 2017, 04:15:36 PM
I haven't voted yet as I'm really not sure. I'm torn! Back in 1997, when the band released songs like Discotheque and especially Mofo I longed for them to make more songs in that vein. Very Chemical Brothers/Prodigy-esque with those frenetic pounding dance beats. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of dance music but I loved that song. It was dance but gritty, edgy dance. However what passes for dance music today I really can't stand. Well most that I hear anyway. I find it bland, insipid and all sounding the same. I'm really not sure what is classed as EDM but if it's the likes of David Guetta or Calvin Harris then please, noooooooo! I mean, I liked that Rihanna song with Calvin Harris, We Found Love. It was catchy enough. However, it then seemed like a thousand other songs all came out with exactly the same sound and beat and I was totally sick of it! If that's the sort of dance/pop you mean for U2 than definitely no. That album Mark Ronson did several years back, of dance cover versions of various songs (with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, etc) now I thought that was quite inventive and I liked some of the sounds on that. That I wouldn't mind so much for U2 but not the Harris/Guetta stuff and I couldn't stand it if they did a bland Coldplay style pop/rock album full of bland mid tempo songs, or like OneRepublic (I liked their debut album but very little since, sooo bland!). I love when U2 really "rock out" (maaaaan, lol). I mean, rock with a gritty edge. I like experimental U2. Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop are 3 of my favourite U2 albums and I love some of their songs from their Passengers album, especially Your Blue Room and later songs like Stateless. I love their 80's stuff too, of course, but edgy, adventurous, experimental 90's U2 is by far my favourite.

If only they could get some of that grit, energy and experimentation and basically FIRE back into their music I don't care what style it's in really - they could release an album full of Benedictine Monks chanting away, accompanied by trad Irish folk artists, a Bollywood flavour and throw in some Andean Pipers in for good measure and I'll be happy if the band really sound genuinely into what they're doing! I really want to hear grittier guitar playing from Edge again and Adam and Larry's playing brought to the fore more. I agree that Bono should sing in his lower register more these days. His lower register sounds smooth and sexy. When he starts straining his voice to hit the high notes or sing in a higher key he can sound a bit painful now, it's sad to say.

Anyway, of those two clips, I think The Best Thing is awful. Bland, formulaic, generic dance pop. U2 are better than that. I love the sound in Adam's studio clip a lot more. I know the 90's techno (or whatever you call it) sound of Mofo would be classed as outdated today but I would like some songs with that kind of thumping beat and energy, but also some angry, more aggressive, energetic rock songs would be brilliant too. Just no MOR pop blandness, please! I guess I'll opt for the Mix vote option.

Actually, I know it's highly unlikely but you know the ramshackle, almost amateurish rough & ready rock sound of early Libertines and Arctic Monkeys? I wouldn't mind a couple of songs like that from U2! I guess that's more the sound of the "angry youth" though, so I suppose our boys are a bit too old for that now, lol! Oh well. I just want SOE to sound energised and "punchy", if that's the right term! Oh, just one thing I couldn't bear - bloody "rent-a-rappers"!! If there's thing that sounds so cliched, boring and old hat already it's the obligatory droning guest rapper halfway through a song! Urgh!!!
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Drake on March 03, 2017, 11:54:32 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I agree. I don't think the standard synthy EDM sound fits U2 at all. A straight-up rock record from people in their mid-50s isn't what is going to gain them new listeners, though either.
If they want to please old fans, they'll write another SOI-type album, with a mix of rock and pop-rock songs. If they want sales, they'll try to go the pop route, but given everything that's been said and released thus far, I highly doubt that's what's going to happen.
I personally agree that, as musicians, it's time to let loose a bit and explore more ethereal, ambient, quiet, or just all-around different ground.
Edge is a master at creating soundscapes. Let him do that; allow Larry and Adam to bust out some of their chops--and we know they have them. Adam in particular has shown some inventive bass playing in the past. Let Edge solo. Give us an instrumental track. Don't worry about sales, for once, you're all wealthy enough--just write some unforgettable music.
But my opinion means as much as anyone else's. They'll write what they want, not me. And that's great.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: World71R on March 03, 2017, 01:41:06 PM
Not a pop/dance album, there's already waaaayyyy too many of those out there today, but for the sake of age and keeping it interesting, not a complete rock out album. A mix of the two with more of a rock approach being favored would be great to hear.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on March 03, 2017, 01:50:18 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I agree. I don't think the standard synthy EDM sound fits U2 at all. A straight-up rock record from people in their mid-50s isn't what is going to gain them new listeners, though either.
If they want to please old fans, they'll write another SOI-type album, with a mix of rock and pop-rock songs. If they want sales, they'll try to go the pop route, but given everything that's been said and released thus far, I highly doubt that's what's going to happen.
I personally agree that, as musicians, it's time to let loose a bit and explore more ethereal, ambient, quiet, or just all-around different ground.
Edge is a master at creating soundscapes. Let him do that; allow Larry and Adam to bust out some of their chops--and we know they have them. Adam in particular has shown some inventive bass playing in the past. Let Edge solo. Give us an instrumental track. Don't worry about sales, for once, you're all wealthy enough--just write some unforgettable music.
But my opinion means as much as anyone else's. They'll write what they want, not me. And that's great.
They experimented quite a lot with the "more ethereal, ambient, quiet" side of music on NLOTH and people here criticize the album a lot.

The last thing I want from U2 is a straight rock album. Everything has basically been done in that area and we'll end up with songs like Volcano, SUC and ABOY. I think they need to embrace electronic music a lot more and they need to add more layers, more synths to their sound.
They should bring in more drum samples too. That's what gave songs like EBTTRT, The Fly and DYFL an extra something.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: bass slap on March 03, 2017, 03:17:17 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I agree. I don't think the standard synthy EDM sound fits U2 at all. A straight-up rock record from people in their mid-50s isn't what is going to gain them new listeners, though either.
If they want to please old fans, they'll write another SOI-type album, with a mix of rock and pop-rock songs. If they want sales, they'll try to go the pop route, but given everything that's been said and released thus far, I highly doubt that's what's going to happen.
I personally agree that, as musicians, it's time to let loose a bit and explore more ethereal, ambient, quiet, or just all-around different ground.
Edge is a master at creating soundscapes. Let him do that; allow Larry and Adam to bust out some of their chops--and we know they have them. Adam in particular has shown some inventive bass playing in the past. Let Edge solo. Give us an instrumental track. Don't worry about sales, for once, you're all wealthy enough--just write some unforgettable music.
But my opinion means as much as anyone else's. They'll write what they want, not me. And that's great.
They experimented quite a lot with the "more ethereal, ambient, quiet" side of music on NLOTH and people here criticize the album a lot.

The last thing I want from U2 is a straight rock album. Everything has basically been done in that area and we'll end up with songs like Volcano, SUC and ABOY. I think they need to embrace electronic music a lot more and they need to add more layers, more synths to their sound.
They should bring in more drum samples too. That's what gave songs like EBTTRT, The Fly and DYFL an extra something.
Yes and yes.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on March 03, 2017, 03:49:36 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I agree. I don't think the standard synthy EDM sound fits U2 at all. A straight-up rock record from people in their mid-50s isn't what is going to gain them new listeners, though either.
If they want to please old fans, they'll write another SOI-type album, with a mix of rock and pop-rock songs. If they want sales, they'll try to go the pop route, but given everything that's been said and released thus far, I highly doubt that's what's going to happen.
I personally agree that, as musicians, it's time to let loose a bit and explore more ethereal, ambient, quiet, or just all-around different ground.
Edge is a master at creating soundscapes. Let him do that; allow Larry and Adam to bust out some of their chops--and we know they have them. Adam in particular has shown some inventive bass playing in the past. Let Edge solo. Give us an instrumental track. Don't worry about sales, for once, you're all wealthy enough--just write some unforgettable music.
But my opinion means as much as anyone else's. They'll write what they want, not me. And that's great.
They experimented quite a lot with the "more ethereal, ambient, quiet" side of music on NLOTH and people here criticize the album a lot.

The last thing I want from U2 is a straight rock album. Everything has basically been done in that area and we'll end up with songs like Volcano, SUC and ABOY. I think they need to embrace electronic music a lot more and they need to add more layers, more synths to their sound.
They should bring in more drum samples too. That's what gave songs like EBTTRT, The Fly and DYFL an extra something.
I don't think people criticize NLOTH for songs like Cedars or Fez, people hate the garbage like Crazy Tonight and Stand Up Comedy.

I would also argue that the last true rock record that U2 made was Boy... but I still agree that the band needs to embrace a more electronic sound on SOE, just not in the way that you described. More layers and synths is not exactly the answer.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: mrsamrocks2 on March 03, 2017, 04:50:36 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
something less bloody obvious, more thought provoking and something with more atmosphere....a darker, more brooding but off kilter album..

shy away from verse, chorus, verse...ban edge from chiming, force bono to sing in his lower register, get larry and adam unshackled and come up with something that sets u2 apart.

lose the pop veneer, the crappy cheesy keyboard fills and the over production.

I agree. I don't think the standard synthy EDM sound fits U2 at all. A straight-up rock record from people in their mid-50s isn't what is going to gain them new listeners, though either.
If they want to please old fans, they'll write another SOI-type album, with a mix of rock and pop-rock songs. If they want sales, they'll try to go the pop route, but given everything that's been said and released thus far, I highly doubt that's what's going to happen.
I personally agree that, as musicians, it's time to let loose a bit and explore more ethereal, ambient, quiet, or just all-around different ground.
Edge is a master at creating soundscapes. Let him do that; allow Larry and Adam to bust out some of their chops--and we know they have them. Adam in particular has shown some inventive bass playing in the past. Let Edge solo. Give us an instrumental track. Don't worry about sales, for once, you're all wealthy enough--just write some unforgettable music.
But my opinion means as much as anyone else's. They'll write what they want, not me. And that's great.
They experimented quite a lot with the "more ethereal, ambient, quiet" side of music on NLOTH and people here criticize the album a lot.

The last thing I want from U2 is a straight rock album. Everything has basically been done in that area and we'll end up with songs like Volcano, SUC and ABOY. I think they need to embrace electronic music a lot more and they need to add more layers, more synths to their sound.
They should bring in more drum samples too. That's what gave songs like EBTTRT, The Fly and DYFL an extra something.
I don't think people criticize NLOTH for songs like Cedars or Fez, people hate the garbage like Crazy Tonight and Stand Up Comedy.

I would also argue that the last true rock record that U2 made was Boy... but I still agree that the band needs to embrace a more electronic sound on SOE, just not in the way that you described. More layers and synths is not exactly the answer.

True, people criticize NLOTH mostly for the "middle three" but I didn't see a lot of people complain about the lack of NLOTH songs in the set on the IE tour. By the way, I love NLOTH, even the middle three. All I'm saying is that people may say they want ambient, quiet music, but at the end of the day, they want U2 to play Acrobat, OTH and Bad.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: iced on March 04, 2017, 04:39:50 AM
Well there's no longer "gold' or "platinum"....Just go into a studio and do it already!

Bono, Adam, Larry and the Edge are closer to their 60's than the 50's.

...And the entire industry has changed.

Be bold...go nuts.

Reinvent the entire industry not just yourself for another throwback.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: PopMart_1997 on March 06, 2017, 12:36:41 AM
I'd prefer the album to have whatever U2 wants on the record, be true to the band's vision, and not listen to what the fans want. I don't want U2 to be pandering to people, it gets in their way of their ambitions and muse.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: bass slap on March 06, 2017, 02:59:43 AM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I'd prefer the album to have whatever U2 wants on the record, be true to the band's vision, and not listen to what the fans want. I don't want U2 to be pandering to people, it gets in their way of their ambitions and muse.

I doubt u2 will look at this thread as a basis for delivering their next sound. This is just another opportunity for fans to state their favourite kind of u2 sound. That's how I interpreted it anyhow...
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: PopMart_1997 on March 06, 2017, 11:03:02 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I'd prefer the album to have whatever U2 wants on the record, be true to the band's vision, and not listen to what the fans want. I don't want U2 to be pandering to people, it gets in their way of their ambitions and muse.

I doubt u2 will look at this thread as a basis for delivering their next sound. This is just another opportunity for fans to state their favourite kind of u2 sound. That's how I interpreted it anyhow...
Of course the band won't use this thread, they don't even use their own forum to communicate with fans. But the question was asked, and I answered appropriately.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: MattD on March 07, 2017, 04:15:00 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I haven't voted yet as I'm really not sure. I'm torn! Back in 1997, when the band released songs like Discotheque and especially Mofo I longed for them to make more songs in that vein. Very Chemical Brothers/Prodigy-esque with those frenetic pounding dance beats. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of dance music but I loved that song. It was dance but gritty, edgy dance. However what passes for dance music today I really can't stand. Well most that I hear anyway. I find it bland, insipid and all sounding the same. I'm really not sure what is classed as EDM but if it's the likes of David Guetta or Calvin Harris then please, noooooooo! I mean, I liked that Rihanna song with Calvin Harris, We Found Love. It was catchy enough. However, it then seemed like a thousand other songs all came out with exactly the same sound and beat and I was totally sick of it! If that's the sort of dance/pop you mean for U2 than definitely no. That album Mark Ronson did several years back, of dance cover versions of various songs (with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, etc) now I thought that was quite inventive and I liked some of the sounds on that. That I wouldn't mind so much for U2 but not the Harris/Guetta stuff and I couldn't stand it if they did a bland Coldplay style pop/rock album full of bland mid tempo songs, or like OneRepublic (I liked their debut album but very little since, sooo bland!). I love when U2 really "rock out" (maaaaan, lol). I mean, rock with a gritty edge. I like experimental U2. Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop are 3 of my favourite U2 albums and I love some of their songs from their Passengers album, especially Your Blue Room and later songs like Stateless. I love their 80's stuff too, of course, but edgy, adventurous, experimental 90's U2 is by far my favourite.

If only they could get some of that grit, energy and experimentation and basically FIRE back into their music I don't care what style it's in really - they could release an album full of Benedictine Monks chanting away, accompanied by trad Irish folk artists, a Bollywood flavour and throw in some Andean Pipers in for good measure and I'll be happy if the band really sound genuinely into what they're doing! I really want to hear grittier guitar playing from Edge again and Adam and Larry's playing brought to the fore more. I agree that Bono should sing in his lower register more these days. His lower register sounds smooth and sexy. When he starts straining his voice to hit the high notes or sing in a higher key he can sound a bit painful now, it's sad to say.

Anyway, of those two clips, I think The Best Thing is awful. Bland, formulaic, generic dance pop. U2 are better than that. I love the sound in Adam's studio clip a lot more. I know the 90's techno (or whatever you call it) sound of Mofo would be classed as outdated today but I would like some songs with that kind of thumping beat and energy, but also some angry, more aggressive, energetic rock songs would be brilliant too. Just no MOR pop blandness, please! I guess I'll opt for the Mix vote option.

Actually, I know it's highly unlikely but you know the ramshackle, almost amateurish rough & ready rock sound of early Libertines and Arctic Monkeys? I wouldn't mind a couple of songs like that from U2! I guess that's more the sound of the "angry youth" though, so I suppose our boys are a bit too old for that now, lol! Oh well. I just want SOE to sound energised and "punchy", if that's the right term! Oh, just one thing I couldn't bear - bloody "rent-a-rappers"!! If there's thing that sounds so cliched, boring and old hat already it's the obligatory droning guest rapper halfway through a song! Urgh!!!

I agree with every word of this.

There's a big difference between the 'dance' music that inspired Pop and the contemporary dance music we hear in the charts today. Today's contemporary dance fodder is mass produced like McDonalds - it may be the ultimate for people with poor tastes and a limited palette, but for those with sophisticated tastes, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Their experiment with building songs around breakbeats and interesting rhythmic structures was one of the innovative things about Pop - combining alternative rock with this style was unique. Whereas Coldplay make cheap music for the masses, U2's finest was like a meal at the Ritz. Thankfully, they haven't trodden down such a cynical path, and whatever criticisms there are about Songs of Innocence, the album is far far far superior and more artistically relevant (particularly the second half of the album) to Coldplay's recent output, even if the production of the album isn't great as the band admitted themselves.

I'd absolutely love to hear Bono sing in his lower register much more - although I'm probably biased as U2's 90s output was my favourite. It added depth, intrigue and mystery to his performance but it also blended perfectly with the instrumental backing - it seemed more of a holistic approach where Bono didn't dominate the songs so much (none of this melodramatic 'woah woah woahs' ala Unknown Caller) and allowed the band some improvisation.

But if rock and a gritty live feel is the aim for their next album, then fingers crossed because it's fair to say their last couple of albums have seemed lifeless. I don't want You're The Best Thing anywhere near this album - putrid melody, even without the terrible EDM production, so in fear of a terrible state of affairs with something like that, a rock album would do me absolutely fine. When you think of what Raised By Wolves could have sounded like with a much grittier and aggressive sound, then it's an easy option.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: georgemccauley on March 08, 2017, 04:41:59 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I haven't voted yet as I'm really not sure. I'm torn! Back in 1997, when the band released songs like Discotheque and especially Mofo I longed for them to make more songs in that vein. Very Chemical Brothers/Prodigy-esque with those frenetic pounding dance beats. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of dance music but I loved that song. It was dance but gritty, edgy dance. However what passes for dance music today I really can't stand. Well most that I hear anyway. I find it bland, insipid and all sounding the same. I'm really not sure what is classed as EDM but if it's the likes of David Guetta or Calvin Harris then please, noooooooo! I mean, I liked that Rihanna song with Calvin Harris, We Found Love. It was catchy enough. However, it then seemed like a thousand other songs all came out with exactly the same sound and beat and I was totally sick of it! If that's the sort of dance/pop you mean for U2 than definitely no. That album Mark Ronson did several years back, of dance cover versions of various songs (with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, etc) now I thought that was quite inventive and I liked some of the sounds on that. That I wouldn't mind so much for U2 but not the Harris/Guetta stuff and I couldn't stand it if they did a bland Coldplay style pop/rock album full of bland mid tempo songs, or like OneRepublic (I liked their debut album but very little since, sooo bland!). I love when U2 really "rock out" (maaaaan, lol). I mean, rock with a gritty edge. I like experimental U2. Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop are 3 of my favourite U2 albums and I love some of their songs from their Passengers album, especially Your Blue Room and later songs like Stateless. I love their 80's stuff too, of course, but edgy, adventurous, experimental 90's U2 is by far my favourite.

If only they could get some of that grit, energy and experimentation and basically FIRE back into their music I don't care what style it's in really - they could release an album full of Benedictine Monks chanting away, accompanied by trad Irish folk artists, a Bollywood flavour and throw in some Andean Pipers in for good measure and I'll be happy if the band really sound genuinely into what they're doing! I really want to hear grittier guitar playing from Edge again and Adam and Larry's playing brought to the fore more. I agree that Bono should sing in his lower register more these days. His lower register sounds smooth and sexy. When he starts straining his voice to hit the high notes or sing in a higher key he can sound a bit painful now, it's sad to say.

Anyway, of those two clips, I think The Best Thing is awful. Bland, formulaic, generic dance pop. U2 are better than that. I love the sound in Adam's studio clip a lot more. I know the 90's techno (or whatever you call it) sound of Mofo would be classed as outdated today but I would like some songs with that kind of thumping beat and energy, but also some angry, more aggressive, energetic rock songs would be brilliant too. Just no MOR pop blandness, please! I guess I'll opt for the Mix vote option.

Actually, I know it's highly unlikely but you know the ramshackle, almost amateurish rough & ready rock sound of early Libertines and Arctic Monkeys? I wouldn't mind a couple of songs like that from U2! I guess that's more the sound of the "angry youth" though, so I suppose our boys are a bit too old for that now, lol! Oh well. I just want SOE to sound energised and "punchy", if that's the right term! Oh, just one thing I couldn't bear - bloody "rent-a-rappers"!! If there's thing that sounds so cliched, boring and old hat already it's the obligatory droning guest rapper halfway through a song! Urgh!!!
I'd absolutely love to hear Bono sing in his lower register much more - although I'm probably biased as U2's 90s output was my favourite. It added depth, intrigue and mystery to his performance but it also blended perfectly with the instrumental backing - it seemed more of a holistic approach where Bono didn't dominate the songs so much (none of this melodramatic 'woah woah woahs' ala Unknown Caller) and allowed the band some improvisation.

This is a big one for me. Since NLOH and now SOI Bono has been singing in a much higher register in both studio and live versions. I really hope with Lillywhite on board for SOE and the upcoming JT tour, this gives Bono the perfect chance to shine vocally, I also was not a fan of the constant effect Bono appeared to have on his voice throughout SOI, it became very annoying after about 3 songs in. He shines the most when his voice is mixed as close to dry as possible with no effects or limiters
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on March 08, 2017, 06:00:48 PM
+1 for Bono singing in a lower range.  It sounds way better.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on March 29, 2017, 09:28:47 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

But if rock and a gritty live feel is the aim for their next album, then fingers crossed because it's fair to say their last couple of albums have seemed lifeless. I don't want You're The Best Thing anywhere near this album - putrid melody, even without the terrible EDM production, so in fear of a terrible state of affairs with something like that, a rock album would do me absolutely fine. When you think of what Raised By Wolves could have sounded like with a much grittier and aggressive sound, then it's an easy option.

I'm getting excited for a rocking gritty album.  Yet, at the same time, I know that U2 likes to have a variety of sounds/types of songs on their albums ("all the colours."  This ends up with tracks that sonically seem out of place and/or become divisive among U2 fans as ruining the album (e.g. "if such and such b-side was on the album instead of xyz track, the album would be so much better.") 

U2 doesn't seem to be a band that will commit fully to only one sound for an entire album or to have an album of only rockers or only ballads, etc.  They like to have a box of chocolates with hopefully something for everyone (but not everything for someone.)
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: tommyboy6913 on March 29, 2017, 10:25:27 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

But if rock and a gritty live feel is the aim for their next album, then fingers crossed because it's fair to say their last couple of albums have seemed lifeless. I don't want You're The Best Thing anywhere near this album - putrid melody, even without the terrible EDM production, so in fear of a terrible state of affairs with something like that, a rock album would do me absolutely fine. When you think of what Raised By Wolves could have sounded like with a much grittier and aggressive sound, then it's an easy option.

I'm getting excited for a rocking gritty album.  Yet, at the same time, I know that U2 likes to have a variety of sounds/types of songs on their albums ("all the colours."  This ends up with tracks that sonically seem out of place and/or become divisive among U2 fans as ruining the album (e.g. "if such and such b-side was on the album instead of xyz track, the album would be so much better.") 

U2 doesn't seem to be a band that will commit fully to only one sound for an entire album or to have an album of only rockers or only ballads, etc.  They like to have a box of chocolates with hopefully something for everyone (but not everything for someone.)th
THIS. WELL PUT

Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: JFW on March 31, 2017, 08:24:27 AM
It's not a sin to release a cheesy pop song. Just like Window in the Sky, Ordinary Love, Saints Are Coming, Sweetest thing; I kind of like it, but never on a album. Those songs are 'OK' to be heard on the radio, but not to be heard on an album (after three times listening to the album you're going to hate it!), I think. So: U2 sound like Adam posted :)
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Nanda360 on March 31, 2017, 06:00:16 PM
A mix, a miracle, a new achtung baby to be born.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: PopMart_1997 on March 31, 2017, 07:17:01 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
It's not a sin to release a cheesy pop song. Just like Window in the Sky, Ordinary Love, Saints Are Coming, Sweetest thing; I kind of like it, but never on a album. Those songs are 'OK' to be heard on the radio, but not to be heard on an album (after three times listening to the album you're going to hate it!), I think. So: U2 sound like Adam posted :)
"Window in the Sky" is not a cheesy pop song.

And neither is "Sweetest Thing"... the original version anyway.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on March 31, 2017, 07:37:11 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
It's not a sin to release a cheesy pop song. Just like Window in the Sky, Ordinary Love, Saints Are Coming, Sweetest thing; I kind of like it, but never on a album. Those songs are 'OK' to be heard on the radio, but not to be heard on an album (after three times listening to the album you're going to hate it!), I think. So: U2 sound like Adam posted :)
"Window in the Sky" is not a cheesy pop song.

And neither is "Sweetest Thing"... the original version anyway.
"Oh can't you see what love has done?"

This song screams cheesy, to me anyway.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: PopMart_1997 on March 31, 2017, 07:43:34 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
It's not a sin to release a cheesy pop song. Just like Window in the Sky, Ordinary Love, Saints Are Coming, Sweetest thing; I kind of like it, but never on a album. Those songs are 'OK' to be heard on the radio, but not to be heard on an album (after three times listening to the album you're going to hate it!), I think. So: U2 sound like Adam posted :)
"Window in the Sky" is not a cheesy pop song.

And neither is "Sweetest Thing"... the original version anyway.
"Oh can't you see what love has done?"

This song screams cheesy, to me anyway.
What it's doing to me???
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on March 31, 2017, 09:11:22 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
It's not a sin to release a cheesy pop song. Just like Window in the Sky, Ordinary Love, Saints Are Coming, Sweetest thing; I kind of like it, but never on a album. Those songs are 'OK' to be heard on the radio, but not to be heard on an album (after three times listening to the album you're going to hate it!), I think. So: U2 sound like Adam posted :)
"Window in the Sky" is not a cheesy pop song.

And neither is "Sweetest Thing"... the original version anyway.
"Oh can't you see what love has done?"

This song screams cheesy, to me anyway.
What it's doing to me???
Done everything but murder you and I...

Well, that's the best I could do with that song, anyway!  :D
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on July 20, 2017, 08:23:27 PM
In the recent Beats interview with Zane, Bono mentioned that there will be a pop song on the album called "The Showman."

We also have heard that the first single will be "The Best Thing" which sounds like it'll be another pop song.

So, according to this poll, the album may disappoint a bunch of fans.

"The Little Things" is not rocking, but not exactly pop either. 

I guess we'll see on December 1st how it ends up.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: THRILLHO on July 20, 2017, 08:29:12 PM
i still think its super optimistic to think itll be out any day in December.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on July 20, 2017, 08:35:26 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
i still think its super optimistic to think itll be out any day in December.

When asked by Zane in the recent Beats interview, Bono said his trademarked "Ask the Edge."  So Zane did.

The Edge said this year.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: THRILLHO on July 20, 2017, 08:36:16 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
i still think its super optimistic to think itll be out any day in December.

When asked by Zane in the recent Beats interview, Bono said his trademarked "Ask the Edge."  So Zane did.

The Edge said this year.

ok
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: shineinthesummernight on July 20, 2017, 08:41:36 PM
I wasn't a big fan of "Best Thing", but did enjoy "Little Things".  U2 can succeed at a slower, ballad-type song, but usually something outside of the straightforward pop vein.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: WookieeWarrior10 on July 20, 2017, 09:47:36 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
In the recent Beats interview with Zane, Bono mentioned that there will be a pop song on the album called "The Showman."

We also have heard that the first single will be "The Best Thing" which sounds like it'll be another pop song.

So, according to this poll, the album may disappoint a bunch of fans.

"The Little Things" is not rocking, but not exactly pop either. 

I guess we'll see on December 1st how it ends up.

Thoughts?
Alright, time to yet again dish out one of my famous over-dramatic and elaborate posts on the future of the band!

SOE is, in all likelihood, going to be a terrible record. I fully expect an ATYCLB/SOI hybrid. Most of the songs will be from the typical hit-obsessive U2, with maybe a couple of exceptions (but I can easily see the entire thing being a cheap radio offering). Ultimately, it will decide the future of the band... one of three things will happen:

1) U2 give up their journey for another chart topper and focus on making great music.

2) U2 further embarrass themselves by continuing to release plodding garbage in the future, partly damaging their legacy in the process. In the end, the band will simply fizzle away into the past.

3) The band becomes so discouraged that U2 disbands, at least temporarily, after a SOE flop.

I fully believe that U2 is still capable of turning heads and surprising everybody, but I foresee a disappointing album and overall gloomy outlook for the future of this band.

Again, I'm only dishing out my ridiculously over-dramatic thoughts in the most familiar way I can. Make of it what you wish!  :)
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: THRILLHO on July 20, 2017, 10:19:03 PM
yea thats all taken to massive extremes but i'm sure itll be more MOR pop rock that won't go over well. i doubt they'll "dream it all up again" or quit. i seem them fading away and not admitting defeat by announcing a retirement.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: Rasmus on July 21, 2017, 07:56:47 AM
I would prefer it to have a sound that is not too clean ("radio friendly") but has some personality. Think more like The Troubles or Sleep Like A Baby than Song for Someone. Both the forementioned tracks are produced pretty great in my opinion. If SOE can live up to the best songs from SOI and avoid the sh**e it will be a great album. I would also like it to be more political like their earlier work - political as in songs that reflect on our time like fx. TJT or War.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on August 27, 2017, 06:34:05 AM
I wonder how much this poll will change when the non-remix version of "The Best Thing" comes out in September.

My hunch is people will still prefer the more rocking song that Adam posted.
Title: Re: New U2 album (SOE): Which sound would you prefer it to have?
Post by: andrewau2 on September 06, 2017, 05:16:15 PM
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I wonder how much this poll will change when the non-remix version of "The Best Thing" comes out in September.

My hunch is people will still prefer the more rocking song that Adam posted.

Turns out the hunch was correct!
Even though The Best Thing album version is more rocking than the dancey Kygo remix, The Blackout is more popular.

This poll called it early.  (Adam's "SOE being born" rocking clip turned out to be the bridge in The Blackout.)

Fans just prefer it when U2 (i.e. The Edge) rocks out versus making pop songs.