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Old 02-03-2009, 01:32 AM   #1
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Thoughts on U2 as of late....

I personally think that U2 are getting a pass from the fans. The last two albums were not very good and Bono said before that if you make two duds in a row, it's time to quit. But the fans are just eating ATYCLB and HTDAAB up. So they think they are doing good and not keeping Bono's promise.

I've been a MEGA fan since 87. I listen to all of to all of their albums front to back without skipping tracks. They used to make perfect albums. That is until ATYCLB and HTDAAB. And NLOTH is shaping up to be another dud based on the song titles and the content of Get On Your Boots. I wish the fans would realise this and cause a backlash for the band. It would cause them to seriously reconsider their music.

As a band who have broken the mold and made every album perfect in the past, they need to shape up. Don't say it's great just because you love Edge or Bono. Don't think it's wonderful because the band makes you feel like they care or that they are your friends. I know their music has that effect. It's part of what used to make them special.

So here is a list of things they could do to put the magic back into the music:

-Bono needs to spend more time in the studio while the band is writing the music. Bono has better instincts than Larry or Adam.

-Adam and Larry need to back off with the "We need to make a U2 hit" crap. The band did fine for a long time without trying to do that.

-Edge needs to ditch that Line 6 crap. They are cheap effects and it's messing up the studio and live sound.

-The band needs to find A new producer. Eno, Lanois, and Lillywhite have let the band down on the last 2 albums. No quality control.

-The band needs limitations while in the studio. They do their best when they are on a budget and have time restrictions. No time to tinker and second guess. No time to overkill a song.
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Most of the early reviews for NLOTH are raving, actually. Don't slag the record off before you've even heard it.
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They will never put a time limit on creating an album again. They took their time with JT, Achtung Baby, ATYCLB and HTDAAB and all of those sold massively. They rushed Pop and it was a failure.

Anyway, I think you need to accept that U2 isn't catering to your demographic. They've moved on. I think we all know that JT and AB are incredible albums but U2 can't make another masterpiece by trying to do the same things that they did before.
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They will never put a time limit on creating an album again. They took their time with JT, Achtung Baby, ATYCLB and HTDAAB and all of those sold massively. They rushed Pop and it was a failure.

Anyway, I think you need to accept that U2 isn't catering to your demographic. They've moved on. I think we all know that JT and AB are incredible albums but U2 can't make another masterpiece by trying to do the same things that they did before.
Pop was a hit in my book. And my "demographic"? What is that supposed to mean?

They've moved on? You mean from making great albums? ATYCLB and HTDAAB are crud. They have none of the soul of the previous albums.

So basically you're agreeing that the last two albums are not up to par. And for the record...every album was perfect up until ATYCLB. Thanks for making my point!
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And NLOTH is shaping up to be another dud based on the song titles
lol. song titles, great way to judge.

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Most of the early reviews for NLOTH are raving, actually. Don't slag the record off before you've even heard it.
yeah you should probably actually listen to the new record before you decide that you need to give U2 advice on how to make an album

I'm not even gonna argue with you about ATYCLB and HTDAAB.
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I personally think that U2 are getting a pass from the fans. The last two albums were not very good and Bono said before that if you make two duds in a row, it's time to quit. But the fans are just eating ATYCLB and HTDAAB up. So they think they are doing good and not keeping Bono's promise.

I've been a MEGA fan since 87. I listen to all of to all of their albums front to back without skipping tracks. They used to make perfect albums. That is until ATYCLB and HTDAAB. And NLOTH is shaping up to be another dud based on the song titles and the content of Get On Your Boots. I wish the fans would realise this and cause a backlash for the band. It would cause them to seriously reconsider their music.

As a band who have broken the mold and made every album perfect in the past, they need to shape up. Don't say it's great just because you love Edge or Bono. Don't think it's wonderful because the band makes you feel like they care or that they are your friends. I know their music has that effect. It's part of what used to make them special.

So here is a list of things they could do to put the magic back into the music:

-Bono needs to spend more time in the studio while the band is writing the music. Bono has better instincts than Larry or Adam.

-Adam and Larry need to back off with the "We need to make a U2 hit" crap. The band did fine for a long time without trying to do that.

-Edge needs to ditch that Line 6 crap. They are cheap effects and it's messing up the studio and live sound.

-The band needs to find A new producer. Eno, Lanois, and Lillywhite have let the band down on the last 2 albums. No quality control.

-The band needs limitations while in the studio. They do their best when they are on a budget and have time restrictions. No time to tinker and second guess. No time to overkill a song.
There are so many things wrong with this post I'm not sure where to start...

First, at this point you should just listen to the album before making such an absurd thread. What's a couple of weeks?

Based on song titles? Are you serious?

- Bono spent much more time in the studio this time around than the last two.

- I don't know about Adam, but Larry I agree has questionable taste at times...

- What evidence do you have that Edge uses a lot of Line 6 gear? Were you in the studio? The only Line 6 items I know of for sure is the acoustic built-in effects guitar... hardly a reason to get upset.

- This is extremely arguable, they tried Rubin, it didn't work. When Lillywhite was the main producer most people bitched. Howie wasn't that great... I don't think anything is wrong with Eno and Lanois as long as it isn't forced.

- When was the last time U2 had limitations? Come on, you are going to have to try harder than this...
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I personally think that U2 are getting a pass from the fans. The last two albums were not very good and Bono said before that if you make two duds in a row, it's time to quit. But the fans are just eating ATYCLB and HTDAAB up. So they think they are doing good and not keeping Bono's promise.

I've been a MEGA fan since 87. I listen to all of to all of their albums front to back without skipping tracks. They used to make perfect albums. That is until ATYCLB and HTDAAB. And NLOTH is shaping up to be another dud based on the song titles and the content of Get On Your Boots. I wish the fans would realise this and cause a backlash for the band. It would cause them to seriously reconsider their music.

As a band who have broken the mold and made every album perfect in the past, they need to shape up. Don't say it's great just because you love Edge or Bono. Don't think it's wonderful because the band makes you feel like they care or that they are your friends. I know their music has that effect. It's part of what used to make them special.

So here is a list of things they could do to put the magic back into the music:

-Bono needs to spend more time in the studio while the band is writing the music. Bono has better instincts than Larry or Adam.

-Adam and Larry need to back off with the "We need to make a U2 hit" crap. The band did fine for a long time without trying to do that.

-Edge needs to ditch that Line 6 crap. They are cheap effects and it's messing up the studio and live sound.

-The band needs to find A new producer. Eno, Lanois, and Lillywhite have let the band down on the last 2 albums. No quality control.

-The band needs limitations while in the studio. They do their best when they are on a budget and have time restrictions. No time to tinker and second guess. No time to overkill a song.
BLAH, how can you say NLOTH is a dud without even hearing it? and basing it on one song is just ridiculous! U2 sold millions of album from HTDAAB and ATYCLB hardly duds at all, why would they quit now?
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They've moved on? You mean from making great albums? ATYCLB and HTDAAB are crud. They have none of the soul of the previous albums.

So basically you're agreeing that the last two albums are not up to par. And for the record...every album was perfect up until ATYCLB. Thanks for making my point!

Do you realize how weak this "point" is? Let's grow up and talk like adults... shall we?
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lol. song titles, great way to judge.



yeah you should probably actually listen to the new record before you decide that you need to give U2 advice on how to make an album

I'm not even gonna argue with you about ATYCLB and HTDAAB.
I'm a smart guy and a great listener. I can tell just by the titles, descriptions of the songs, and Get On Your Boots that this album is not going to deliver. Seriously....don't cut the band slack because you love them. We pay for this stuff. They have a duty to make sure I buy a concert ticket.
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Line 6 is crap. I'm a music producer and a session player. I know what good gear is.
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Yeah about the Eno/Lanois/Lillywhite thing...aside from LAPOE Eno and Lanois had virtually nothing to do with Bomb, and I have always held the opinion that ATYCLB was much more Lanois than it was Eno, despite the Lanois/Eno billing. All signs seem to indicate that this album will be the most Eno-influenced U2 record since Zooropa(or Passengers, if you count it), and that is one of the rather huge reasons so many people are so hopeful about this record.
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I'm a smart guy and a great listener. I can tell just by the titles, descriptions of the songs, and Get On Your Boots that this album is not going to deliver.
Are you sure? Because this doesn't sound like the post of a smart person...

A smart guy wouldn't judge an album by one song.


And a good listener wouldn't dismiss GOYB...(OK that part's subjective...)
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I'm a smart guy and a great listener. I can tell just by the titles, descriptions of the songs, and Get On Your Boots that this album is not going to deliver. Seriously....don't cut the band slack because you love them. We pay for this stuff. They have a duty to make sure I buy a concert ticket.
lol.

if you're such a great listener, perhaps you should listen to the album, and then make this thread.
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Line 6 is crap. I'm a music producer and a session player. I know what good gear is.
Way to answer the question
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ScandalCrow = Troll
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I'm a smart guy and a great listener. I can tell just by the titles, descriptions of the songs, and Get On Your Boots that this album is not going to deliver. Seriously....don't cut the band slack because you love them. We pay for this stuff. They have a duty to make sure I buy a concert ticket.
a smart guy who doesnt understand a basic term like demographic?

seriously, lets not validate this shit any further by arguing further. A guy who is prepared to slag off a new record based on song titles isn't worth it
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They have a duty to make sure I buy a concert ticket.


Wow, I hope that your is post is just out of context and you don't really mean that ... And if so, great! If you skip out on this tour, all the more tickets for me!
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Line 6 is crap. I'm a music producer and a session player. I know what good gear is.
I agree with the first part of this.
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Are you sure? Because this doesn't sound like the post of a smart person...

A smart guy wouldn't judge an album by one song.


And a good listener wouldn't dismiss GOYB...(OK that part's subjective...)
Ummmm....I'm judging it based on the crap song that is Get On Your Boots. It's a perfect example of the dumbed-up..."we need a U2 hit" crap that infected ATYCLB and HTDAAB. If you cant hear the similarities between GOYB and say....Fast Cars, Vertigo, and Elevation, then you have no business being a musci listener.

That guitar riff sucks! The production sucks. It sounds like it was recorded on a Tascam 4-track recorder.
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Should Radiohead dump their Line 6 gear as well?
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