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Old 01-05-2010, 03:46 AM   #21
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Yes, that was around that time when Bono decided to become a super cool rockstar which also included too many parties and drinks and smoking too many cigs.
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Yeah and he sounded super incredible while doing it.
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you are dropping a bomb here..... let's continue.... his best voice was 85-89

check this era
hmmm...I'm pretty sure you're the one one who dropped the bomb here
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hmmm...I'm pretty sure you're the one one who dropped the bomb here
really?
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Its nice of you guys to think Bono sounds better now than he did in the 80s. Im sure he would love to read that
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for those who believe Bono sounds better now....please imagine U2 was re-recording One, With or Without you or So Cruel now in 2010... would you think his vocals could come even close to the original recording? As much as I like his vocal now (and his range is wider now, yes), this would not sound the same at all and it can't imagine it would sound better.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:42 AM   #27
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Bono hits a C in Red Hill Mining Town ("LIGHTS go down") and Wild Horses too ("don't you LOOK back")

however, they band may be tuned down a half step in these songs.. which would mean he's really hitting a B. which is still high..

range means nothing, what counts for great singing is the quality of one's voice, the richness/tone of it.. for example, Pavarotti and Bono can both sing a high B.. but, there's no doubting who has the better quality voice.

but, if range is all you're wondering about, than yeah, he made more use of his range in the 80s and early 90s. now, he tends to stay within a more comfortable range.

as for NLOTH... I'm not sure what song's he's hitting the highest notes on.. Magnificent? (that last "onLLLYYYY love") MOS? SUC? Hard to say without a piano in front of me
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For me, the Bono vox was best circa 1984 to 1989. Something snapped into place on The Unforgettable Fire album that wasn't there before, and up to maybe the Lovetown tour he was about as stellar a singer as you'll find in white rock. His voice on The Joshua Tree album is his studio peak, I think, but that whole period is fantastic.

I didn't care as much for the speaking-singing/tongue-in-cheek/falsetto thing in the Zoo era, and there were clearly a lot of nights on PopMart when he didn't have it (by his own admission). Something has certainly happened to his voice since 2005, where it is very consistent now and he is able to hit the high notes in full voice (most of the time), which he was struggling to do in the late 90s and early 2000s.

So, yeah, his voice might be as strong in terms of range and control now as its ever been, which is good. But I much prefer the noises he made in 1984 to 1989.
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For me, the Bono vox was best circa 1984 to 1989. Something snapped into place on The Unforgettable Fire album that wasn't there before, and up to maybe the Lovetown tour he was about as stellar a singer as you'll find in white rock. His voice on The Joshua Tree album is his studio peak, I think, but that whole period is fantastic.
then he screamed it away on the lovetown tour, which is a shame.
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then he screamed it away on the lovetown tour, which is a shame.
I'm not sure I understand your point.
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Put me down as another who thinks Bono's voice was at its absolute apex from 84-89. He just got better and better throughout the eighties and I firmly believe that his vocals on R & H have yet to be surpassed. I often wish Bono had learnt how to preserve his voice during this era, he may have been able to limit that steep decline during the nineties. Going for insanely high notes is fine providing you know how to protect your vocal chords, he had terrible technique and basically blew his voice out.

I'm totally with Yahweh_OMG regarding the quality of the voice on songs like One, WOWY or ISHFWILF. There's no way he could top any of them nowadays. The vocal performance on these tracks is a major factor behind their immense popularity, not just with fans but the public at large.

The stuff he's doing on MOS is undoubtedly impressive. especially considering how erratic his voice has been since Popmart, but IMO, it's nothing his younger self couldn't have pulled off with far more intensity and power. On listening to some of the 360 boots, he seems to have no real problem singing in his higher register. If anything it's his lower register which appears more inconsistent and raspy.

One of things I loved most about Bono as a live performer throughout the 80's and early 90's was his commitment to every word, it didn't matter how easy or difficult a line was he'd give it 100% everytime. I sometimes feel as though this particular element of his performance has been lost.
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Liked his tone on 80's if only he hadn't screamed so much of the time. He got more control in the 90's but payed the price of smoking. I liked his Zoo TV voice where he got some more control, and added the falsetto.

I also enjoy his current (ES and onwards) phase. No doubt he got better after 1997-2001 period, whether it's taking vocal pills or surgery or singing coaching, it's clearly working.
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As my vocal teacher used to say, Celine Dion has great technique but who wants to listen to it, it's totally cold. I much prefer Bono's "throat singing" years only because of the emotion he was feeling and singing with. Granted that messed up his voice and perhaps if he had learned technique he could have preserved some of that, but I'm glad we got to hear it back then. And that it's in the records.
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I've heard all the so-called wanna be experts wax lyrically about how much "better" he is now, how his range is better blah blah

Bottom line is he sounds like shit now compared to the 84-89 era
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i dont think he sounded that good on Joshua tree live from Paris at all - but his live singing in 84 and 85 he sounded great i think thats the best he has ever sung and maybe the 5th leg of the vertigo tour
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Bottom line is he sounds like shit now compared to the 84-89 era
Bottom line, I sell my opinion as fact blah blah blah.
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Bottom line, I sell my opinion as fact blah blah blah.
Oh jeez, do we REALLY have to preface everything with "in my opinion" ???

So, no more NLOTH is a great album, it has to be "in my opinion NLOTH is a great album" ????

Reallly ?????

Always ????


Or only when the opinion being expressed is different than yours ?
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His range is certainly better now that it was in 1987-1989.
This is indeed true. He just sounds like shit when utilizing it. Like Thom Yorke, Bono's voice is getting noticeably thinner and whinier with age.
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I wish the Edge was the lead singer of U2. He has far greater range than Bonoe.
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This is indeed true. He just sounds like shit when utilizing it. Like Thom Yorke, Bono's voice is getting noticeably thinner and whinier with age.
Oh look BVS - Someone else you can chastise for not clarifying that an opinion was being stated..........
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