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Old 03-02-2009, 10:15 AM   #1
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Breathe is overrated thread

I know for a lot of you this sounds like blasphemy, but I have a few problem with it (for now!)...

The difficulties with the song I seem to have are:

* The song doesn't sound "new" or innovative in what way whatsoever. To me, it sounds like a real HTDAAB-track.

* The pace/rhythm sounds like it drags and drags, Larry's predictable smash on the cymbal at all the same points underlines this dragging. Like the rhythm of "Trip Through Your Wires"... But here it works because it's a fun little song that's swaying instead of dragging.

* The song doesn't seem to know where it wants to go at several moments. It sounds like 3 or 4 songs chopped up and merged back together again.

* The sound is to "in your face" ...ehm....like 3 cats fighting between 4 tin rubbish cans.. or something like that... Just too loud and almost annoying like the sound of "All Because Of You" and "Crumbs"...

I might change my opinion but for now the song hasn't landed yet for me, and I don't get all the "Hallelujah's" about it... sorry.
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this is going to be a short thread.
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I know for a lot of you this sounds like blasphemy, but I have a few problem with it (for now!)...

The difficulties with the song I seem to have are:

* The song doesn't sound "new" or innovative in what way whatsoever. To me, it sounds like a real HTDAAB-track.

* The pace/rhythm sounds like it drags and drags, Larry's predictable smash on the cymbal at all the same points underlines this dragging. Like the rhythm of "Trip Through Your Wires"... But here it works because it's a fun little song that's swaying instead of dragging.

* The song doesn't seem to know where it wants to go at several moments. It sounds like 3 or 4 songs chopped up and merged back together again.

* The sound is to "in your face" ...ehm....like 3 cats fighting between 4 tin rubbish cans.. or something like that... Just too loud and almost annoying like the sound of "All Because Of You" and "Crumbs"...

I might change my opinion but for now the song hasn't landed yet for me, and I don't get all the "Hallelujah's" about it... sorry.
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I kind of see where you're coming from with the cymbal thing...other than that.... Love this song.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:30 AM   #5
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O.k...

I have one: "this is going to be a short thread" comment..

and one: "no sorry wrong"

Anybody willing to comment about the contents of my thread, like with real text and arguments or opinions?
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:41 AM   #7
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I'll comment---Overrated on what scale? Very few people have mentioned this as the best/their favorite song on the record.

And why does it need to sound "new" (in quotes because?) or innovative to be appreciated?
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I don't like the song, either... The chorus, especially the "Waaalk out...." part ..I find it pretty lame. And the "Breeeeathe" part at the end of the chorus with the guitar going up & down... boring.

And, I must say, I didn't like the beach clip of the song, either...
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No, it isn't.









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I'm surprised to see this has become a popular early favourite. I enjoy the song, don't get me wrong, but it's definitely one of the new tracks I've played least (partly because I think its album placement is terrible; it sounds quite good between Crazy Tonight and Boots instead). It definitely has a strong HTDAABy feel, especially in the chorus, and I feel like Bono's overdoing it on the fast verses. The drum intro and guitar solo are good stuff, though.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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Its in my top 3 of the album & reminds me of Gone from Pop. In the sense that it might be the best rocking song on the album, but you'll have to listen to the album to hear it. All the great U2 albums have killer tunes in the 2nd to last song spot:

-Electric Co.
-Exit
-Acrobat
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I reckon point 2-4 are quite subjective as I personally never noticed that
point 1 makes my stomach turn as this quest for "innovation" that fans are after does my head in
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no chance. song rocks.
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No. Breathe is a grower. But once you get it, the song is glorious.
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Anybody willing to comment about the contents of my thread, like with real text and arguments or opinions?
nope. somethings aren't meant to be argued about. this is one of them.
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