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Old 02-04-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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Is anyone having doubt after hearing "Boots"

I could have said the same thing about "Bomb" but after hearing "Get on Your Boots" I really feel... unhappy. I'm usually one to give new songs a chance, but I don't feel the magic with this one -- it feels like they just threw this together with no direction...

I'm also concerned if it'll be powerful live, Vertigo took various attempts before it was perfected live...
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:06 PM   #2
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:07 PM   #3
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Nope. Especially after the video, I'm feeling more magic than I ever have before (becoming a fan just when ATYCLB came out)
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #5
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no doubts...need to listen to whole album
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #6
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In short,
Before the Video: yes
After the video : no
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:09 PM   #7
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Nope. Especially after the video
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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First singles usually aren't representative of the album. From what we know about the album, the rest of the songs probably won't sound very much like Boots.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:11 PM   #9
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It's not the strongest lead single, but I like it, and I think it will be phenomenal live.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #10
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I could have said the same thing about "Bomb" but after hearing "Get on Your Boots" I really feel... unhappy. I'm usually one to give new songs a chance, but I don't feel the magic with this one -- it feels like they just threw this together with no direction...

I'm also concerned if it'll be powerful live, Vertigo took various attempts before it was perfected live...

i too feel this way...TOTALLY!
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:14 PM   #11
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:20 PM   #12
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #13
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There’s nothing special about the song (although yes, the video did give it a huge boost for me too), but as I keep saying to myself, think of one song: Some Days Are Better than Others.

The album actually sounds a lot like Zooropa. Not sonically or thematically, but in other, smaller ways. Eno-heavy album. Opening with the title track, one that appears to take quite the large dynamic shift halfway through. Long songs. Similar contrasting light/heavy mood and feel. Johnny Cash! New sounds, but distinctively U2. Some poppy, some challenging, some fun, some gloomy. Nothing amazing, but of all U2 albums, this seems to be it's closest cousin in feel and geography.

So, with that in mind, I’m hoping Boots is like Some Days. A comparatively weak and shallow bit of throwaway fun down there somewhere in the second half, but surrounded by a Lemon, a Stay, a First Time etc.

I'm not expecting another Achtung or Joshua Tree, I don't think we'll get another one of those until all commercial pressure is off (if that ever happens), and I absolutely do not want them to re-cover 90s ground, but if they hand us an album that is of the same quality level and with such a unique and interesting feel all the way through it as Zooropa has, you'll have a very, very, very happy camper here.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:31 PM   #14
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No doubts at all, I'm excited. Boots has grown on me positively even more over time, not less.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:34 PM   #15
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:46 PM   #16
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it feels like they just threw this together with no direction...
Thats a profound thing to say considering Edge said that the title "No Line On the Horizon" symbolizes that they are moving forward with this album but they don't really know what direction they are heading.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:49 PM   #17
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Based on the reviews so far, no; "Boots" is not representative of the whole album, and many reviewers have said that it's actually the weakest song on the album. That's OK, though; it's a fun, attention-grabbing song that's meant to make the public aware that U2 has new material coming out soon.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:51 PM   #18
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I could have said the same thing about "Bomb" but after hearing "Get on Your Boots" I really feel... unhappy. I'm usually one to give new songs a chance, but I don't feel the magic with this one -- it feels like they just threw this together with no direction...

I'm also concerned if it'll be powerful live, Vertigo took various attempts before it was perfected live...
I like GOYB - I like that while it has some elements of "Vertigo", there's a LOT more going on there. The song shows influences from early Costello and more recent Fallout Boy, but also is clearly U2. It shows ambition and an unwillingness to sound ultra-commercial (i.e., a forced pop hit).

I realize that not all fans will like it. But much like "Discotheque" and "The Fly", I believe the song will grow on people over time. "The Fly" did not give any true indications of the brilliance of AB - but it showed U2 was doing something different. It set a nice tone for what was to come. GOYB may be doing the same. "Discotheque" was hated by many non die-hard fans at first, but it's still remembered to an extent and people tend to look on it more favorably now. I feel GOYB may also gain that after a period of time.

Regardless, I am more optimistic because of GOYB. Had U2 created a super catchy song that couldn't help but be a hit, I might have enjoyed their success, but might have wondered about the quality of the album.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:14 PM   #20
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I was less excited about the album before "Boots" I already know that its not even close to the best song on the album. I haven't felt this way since Achtung Baby.

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