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Old 02-01-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hands that Built America appreciation

I was relistening to Best of 90-00 yesterday and I never noticed just what a great song this is. It uses so many instruments, layers and musical techniques I don't hear in their other songs. The lyrics and the tune are good too but the musical work on it is amazing. It's a fine piece of work and did not deserve to lose to Eminem. What an awesome example of what this band is capable of doing. Can we get some love for this song over here.
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i love edges guitar on the instrumental mix at the end of the movie..but i agree with you great song...(you gotta live with your dreams, don't make them so hard) is a great lyric
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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I like this song too. It fit the movie which was also great.
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I don't know the 'rule'in this thread. can you only join if you appreciate this song? In that case I should leave now, because I consider 'Hands that built America' as one of the worst U2-songs ever! A huge mistake.
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typically its to appricate but you are entitled to your opinion of course
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:35 PM   #6
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I do like it- it has an ethereal quality to it- William Orbit is good at ethereal. That said there is something cynical about it too- they were after an Oscar and the song, with its "poignant" reference to 9/11 and its take on the American Dream was always going to get one. But on the whole, yes, it's a fine song.
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:40 PM   #7
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PS- I hope my 9/11 reference isn't misunderstood- it only forms a small part of the song after all but taken in totality with the American dream idea, and the slightly orchestral feel it has "Oscar winner by numbers" written all over it.
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I was relistening to Best of 90-00 yesterday and I never noticed just what a great song this is. It uses so many instruments, layers and musical techniques I don't hear in their other songs. The lyrics and the tune are good too but the musical work on it is amazing. It's a fine piece of work and did not deserve to lose to Eminem. What an awesome example of what this band is capable of doing. Can we get some love for this song over here.
I love this song. It reminds me of 9/11 and in a good way where I see there is possibilty for all of us, things to work out right for all countries. obviously it's not gonna take time but we have to have hope.
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THTBA is an awesome song.
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I absolutely love this song
I listen to that album all that time and i just think it's beautiful!
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i don't know the 'rule'in this thread. Can you only join if you appreciate this song? In that case i should leave now, because i consider 'hands that built america' as one of the worst u2-songs ever! A huge mistake.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:48 PM   #12
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Love the song, beautiful, one of my favorites. I don't understand why so many hate it, and normally my taste is pretty aligned with the "common opinion." I only have one problem with it: What's with the xylophone? Is there a xylophone-free version? -.-
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It's boring, the verses have an unmemorable and awkward melody, the string arrangement is generic.

Ask yourself how U2 at such a huge level of popularity failed to win the Oscar for this song. The answer: because it's not good.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:12 PM   #14
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I actually really like this song, I thing it suited the movie perfectly and thats what it had intended to do. I don't think it was for the top 40. Some of the lyrics are quite beautiful and the last verse is in regard to 9/11.

It's early fall, there's a cloud on the New York skyline
Innocence, dragged across a yellow line
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Good track, overall. Not mind-blowing, but it was a nice treat during the wait between ATYCLB and HTDAAB.

A few things I always liked about the Best Of version-
*the marimba!
*Edge's guitar together with the strings during the "Of all of the promises..." part
*the Bono vocals that are mixed really low
*The section where Bono gets really operatic...pretty impressive vocal moment from their more recent material
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love this song. It kicked ASS live at the awards show. The one where Colin Farrell introduced them...hmm, whcih one was that again? I have the video somewhere.

Anyway, it is awesome.
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Oh, Oscars..



Hey, why isn't it embedding?
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Let's try this one shall we...

EDIT: I give up. U2ube it yourself then.
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I really don't mind it at all.

Now this version:



It's just so damn bad.
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I sort of got into U2 around the time this was released, it was a coincidence. I always thought it was disastrous, at the very least boring and generic.
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