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Old 01-27-2012, 03:00 PM   #151
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I'm sorry, what? Did I say it was something bad? I admire it as well, and there are few things I hate more than ignorant people that complain about Bono for seemingly no (or at least highly questionable) reason.

Now that I look at my comment, I can see that I may have been unclear. I'm not bemoaning the fact that he is a humanitarian nor that he spends time with his causes. I just thought this specific thing, touring around Africa at music festivals, playing music with other bands was a bit odd and not like anything I've seen him do before. I don't know nearly everything of what Bono's done as a humanitarian of course, so perhaps he does similar things all the time, what do I know? Just found it a bit strange, that's all.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #152
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It came across like you were criticizing him for doing this rather than working on U2 music.

I think that smiley often leads to some misunderstandings.

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:11 PM   #153
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i heard that fans of "Africa", Bono's side project, were really disappointed in the delay of this current tour due to his U2 duties.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #154
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Has he really been touring African music festivals? I thought he appeared on stage at one festival. He's appeared on stage with other artists before at various times and events. Same with Edge. I didn't think he's on some sort of musical tour without his band or anything.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:33 PM   #155
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Wasn't he invited to a music festival in Morocco, which led to U2 recording there? Wherever he can find inspiration is probably good for U2 in the long run. If he dries up of creative juice, U2 are finished. Simple as.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:36 PM   #156
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if the songs are good, I still think U2 should release Songs of Ascent.

look at all attention Leonard Cohen's new album is getting. 10 quiet, intimate songs, with meditative lyrics about faith, doubt, sex, love, etc. Tasteful, subtle arrangements of music played skillfully, artfully. everything that SOA was hyped to be

there's an audience for that. a mature, album-buying audience.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:43 AM   #157
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if the songs are good, I still think U2 should release Songs of Ascent.

look at all attention Leonard Cohen's new album is getting. 10 quiet, intimate songs, with meditative lyrics about faith, doubt, sex, love, etc. Tasteful, subtle arrangements of music played skillfully, artfully. everything that SOA was hyped to be

there's an audience for that. a mature, album-buying audience.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:41 PM   #158
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U2 would record a whoopee cushion if it meant the band was relevant and Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and Larry were OK with it.
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:59 PM   #159
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New album hype just doesn't do it for me anymore. I waited 5 years for NLOTH, following all the hype, delays, and build-up, and in the end, for me, the album was such a let down. Don't really want to go through that again. Hopefully their next album is one that I will enjoy more, but I just don't really want to invest any time or effort in the rumors, teases, and snippets. I'll just buy it when it comes out and, hopefully, enjoy it.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:31 AM   #160
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if the songs are good, I still think U2 should release Songs of Ascent.

look at all attention Leonard Cohen's new album is getting. 10 quiet, intimate songs, with meditative lyrics about faith, doubt, sex, love, etc. Tasteful, subtle arrangements of music played skillfully, artfully. everything that SOA was hyped to be

there's an audience for that. a mature, album-buying audience.
The kind of music you describe has been tearing up the indie world for years, pretty much since "Let It Die" by Feist. Look at how much attention Bon Iver (who I don't like) gets, or Fleet Foxes, or the last PJ Harvey record, or Nick Cave. It's great that Cohen is getting some attention (though it's not surprising), but the kind of music he makes is nothing new and U2 have always toyed with it. It is getting more popular, though, so maybe that will make U2 release SOA. The last time relaxed music was big was in 95, and they put out Passengers.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #161
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They should really use the Passengers project as a way to release this kind of stuff.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:34 AM   #162
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #163
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They should really use the Passengers project as a way to release this kind of stuff.
Yeah, that's a great idea. Imagine if they released the more experimental (and I'm not just talking about electronic experimentation), quickly made music out as Passengers and kept the U2 name for the pop/rock stuff that they want to tour for. That would be really cool, and maybe they'd stop being so uptight.
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They should really use the Passengers project as a way to release this kind of stuff.
But what about the hits then??

 
That would be perfect, but I somehow doubt it would live up to the original Passengers.
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But what about the hits then??

 
That would be perfect, but I somehow doubt it would live up to the original Passengers.
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten the hits! They'd all be saved for the "U2" albums. 12 hits every 4 years, no hit left behind.

It wouldn't live up to the original passengers, but it would allow them more freedom.
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