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Old 01-16-2008, 02:09 PM   #16
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Peterrrrrrrrr, I'm "meh" about the inclusion of Mercy on the album; that wasn't a knock on Bono's vocals.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:11 PM   #17
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Peterrrrrrrrr, I'm "meh" about the inclusion of Mercy on the album; that wasn't a knock on Bono's vocals.
Thank goodness. I didn't wanna see the copy'n'paste list of the great vocals of Bono in the past 3 years again....
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:04 PM   #18
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I know Mercy has been given enormous praise over the past few years from this board, but I still have to say this--

For me, Mercy has one of the most emotional deliveries from U2 I've ever heard. Bono just spills his soul in this song (no pun intended). And that climax near the end, oh that climax! Turn it up on headphones at that point and you'll be in aural heaven.

I know the current rumors say this album will emphasize innovation of sorts, but I don't have any problem with the album containing Mercy, even if only for a change of pace.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:57 PM   #19
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Not if U2 is planning on doing something new. Mercy is a HTDAAB leftover. It deserves about as much as She's Gonna Blow Your House Down from the salome tapes.
Cobl was an Pop leftover, it sounded like nothing on Pop
HMTMKMKM was an Zooropa lefterover, it sounded like nothing on Zooropa.
LIB strated in late 80's...

Mercy is in its demo version one of their greatest songs, I hope that they dont overproduced it...
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:27 PM   #20
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Bono: "Mercy will be on the new album"
Fan: "I hope it is a B Side"
Bono "No. It is ON the album"
Fan: "As a B Side?"
Bono: "Are B Sides album tracks?"
Fan: "No."
Bono "Right. So Mercy will be on the album."
Fan: "As a B Side?"
Bono: "Grrrrrrrr"
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:29 PM   #21
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Mercy is a great, great song with so much potential, but i agree some of the lyrics are kind of bad. But if they do some work, they can fix it.

I love the guitar/bass on the song, and I think it should be on the album.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:38 PM   #22
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The leaked demo is the best song U2 have recorded this decade. (That we have heard anyway)
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:59 PM   #23
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I feel like Mercy is not quite HTDAAB sound but not quite new or different too.

As for B's vocals on the track they would easily be the best from the HTDAAB recording process. His voice is huge very strong. After the two begining verses he sings the last 4 minutes pretty much is full voice, full power and never lets up.

and any one else enjoy the drumming on mercy its deffinately better than larrys stuff in the past few years. He plays hard and fast - I particulary like the part when the song slows (the "I, I cant escape my self) then at 4:35 larrys back "crack" and the tempo reverts back to its original speed.

having said that Mercy is realy good and would be interested in hearing it reworked but again I already have it and appreciate and rather have a new song on the new album
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:19 PM   #24
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Am I the only one who really doesn't get the hype over this one song?
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:21 PM   #25
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HMTMKMKM was an Zooropa lefterover, it sounded like nothing on Zooropa.
ONLY because they threw out all the rock songs from that album! Otherwise it would've sounded exactly like Zooropa. Because it would've been on Zooropa if they hadn't been intending to do a specific sound.

Mercy can't say the same thing because it sounds just like HTDAAB.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:09 PM   #26
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how is mercy going to fit on the new album when it's supposed to have a new innovative sound?
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:43 PM   #27
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Yes!!! Maybe this means Jitterbug Baby will be on the album too!!!




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Old 01-16-2008, 07:46 PM   #28
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The leaked demo is the best song U2 have recorded this decade. (That we have heard anyway)
i have to agree with this.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:47 PM   #29
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I'm assuming it can be reworked with different instruments, sounds, just new ideas really. I'm sure the basic structure of the song will stay intact, but other than that it'd probably be changed.

I think the lyrics are pretty good. Some good ironic and self-deprecating lines in there. The ending verse I like especially, where it fades out.
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:41 PM   #30
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I don't think there'd be a U2 album that doesn't involve some songs that are hangovers from the session before, or even before that (COBL originated around Pop for example, and no doubt sounded entirely different then in almost every conceivable way). I have absolutely no problem with it either. Mercy - as it stands in structure and sound - I personally don't think is very good overall. Generic sounding, no real redeeming features to it at all, b-side only, just a dull song with Bono playing overly-sincere throughout. But, given a savage run through the U2 overhaul machine and all of it's possibilities, I wouldn't write it off completely. If it's just a similar sound and structure with a plastic Miracle Drug style production shine, then it would just be a big yawn to me. A bit more delicacy here, a bit of spark there, a general tuning down a few notches of an awful vocal delivery in general washed over with whatever real new sonic flare they're playing with and it's definitely salvageable.
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