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Old 02-26-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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the NLOTH>>>>>>POP connection

if anybody is getting the same impression let me know. for some reason i keep being reminded of POP when i listen to this album. i can't put my finger on what it is exactly , but there is some sort of connection somewhere.
magnificent especially is giving me the same vibe as Mofo. i saw someone else post something similar on another thread about the song.
maybe in a few years after the album has aged y'all might look back and feel the same or if you do now, pipe up.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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magnificent especially is giving me the same vibe as Mofo
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magnificent reminds me more of "do you feel loved" or "disctotheque" than mofo.

but yea i get the vibe, I think this is what U2 always wanted pop to be (even though I think they are both great just as they are). I remember U2 saying that the wish they could "redo Pop"... maybe this was it?
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:36 PM   #5
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listen to the verses of unknown caller; sounds popish to me. that's a good thing.
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Can't we just let NLOTH stand on its own?
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Maybe you're getting this feeling because both albums were released on the same day. Pop came out on 3/3/97 and NLOTH is scheduled to be released on the same day, but in 2009.

Seriously, though, the comparisons don't seem too farfetched. With Pop, U2 ran out of time on their self-imposed deadline, but decided to release the album anyway even though they felt it was "unfinished". Where as with NLOTH, they ran out of time on their self-imposed deadline, but then said "fuck it", its not finished, let's give it more time. Which, I think was a pretty good idea.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:06 PM   #8
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Yeah, I think Bono's performance is very reminescent of Pop. I think the way he restrains himself at all the right moments is very similar to the way he approached Pop. He uses a lot of the beautiful subtle vocals and really soaring, powerful, and solid vocals when it is appropriate rather than being flashy and abbrassive (like with HTDAAB). Its got that Pop attitude in these ways.
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:23 PM   #9
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it reminds of the 20 years delayed successor of Unforgettable Fire
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Other than Get on Your Boots sounding a little bit like some Pop rockers and Cedars of Lebanon sounding a little bit like Wake Up Dead Man, I don't see this.
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I tire of comparisons, but they can be fun. I agree on the whole "Pop" vibe running through the album. Pop is quite underrated.

I described this album to a friend as "The Unforgettable Fire" played on top of "Pop." Atmospherics and beats all rolled up into a great listen.
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huh? what are you guys smoking? lol
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it reminds of the 20 years delayed successor of Unforgettable Fire

Unforgettable Fire, via Zooropa, circa ATYCLB.
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If this album has to be compared....then it has the same mellow vibe running through it as UF.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:56 PM   #15
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Nope I have the same feeling about the album. It is very alike to Pop which in fact has been mentioned in the new Q review. Although I disagree about Magnificent and Mofo, I actually think the title track has the Mofo vibe about it. Cedars is a cross between WUDM and IYWTVD. Breathe is not far removed from Gone as well. And there is a definite connection between Boots and Discotheque. I like the new album, best they have done this decade but it still falls short of AB, JT and Pop in my opinion. Probably on a par with UF, Zooropa. Still a real quality album.
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I don't get this vibe. Pop was a lot more experimental and daring. NLOTH carries on with the mature, adult contemporany vibe but with a bit more excitment. Pop was more dance like and NLOTH is more electro so that's the only similarities between them, those genres, in my opinion. Also that they have a lot of procution to them.
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if anybody is getting the same impression let me know. for some reason i keep being reminded of POP when i listen to this album. i can't put my finger on what it is exactly , but there is some sort of connection somewhere.
magnificent especially is giving me the same vibe as Mofo. i saw someone else post something similar on another thread about the song.
maybe in a few years after the album has aged y'all might look back and feel the same or if you do now, pipe up.

that was me and i said that the edge shouldve used that guitar in the intro throughout the song. it wouldve done for magnificent what the 747 sound did for mofo
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I think everyone is overlooking the biggest connection...both were albums by U2.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:31 PM   #19
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magnificent reminds me more of "do you feel loved" or "disctotheque" than mofo.

but yea i get the vibe, I think this is what U2 always wanted pop to be (even though I think they are both great just as they are). I remember U2 saying that the wish they could "redo Pop"... maybe this was it?

That's exactly how I feel about this album..it's what Pop probably should've been...

They have pretty much the same structure, and by that I mean that there is no connection musically or soundwise in the songs, or lyrically..no real cohesiveness...it's just a collection of different sounding songs, but actually finished...

In fact the more I listen to NLOTH, the more I get this feeling that each song represents an era in U2's career (NLOTH could fit perfectly on AB, Fez on Zooropa, etc.).

Nice to have other fans feel that way too.
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I agree with this thread. The overall engineering and production reminds me of Pop. And yeah, Magnificent is reminiscent of Do You Feel Loved, Cedars is much like Wake Up Dead Man, and of COURSE Breathe harkens back to Please. And I loooooove me some Pop.
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