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Old 01-17-2014, 10:32 PM   #61
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He's not wrong about a lot of things. The song isn't really that great, and were it not riding the coattails of Mandela's death, nobody would pay it any mind at all.

Also, Bono doesn't sound very good on the song, and Edge is on autopilot.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:44 PM   #62
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He's not wrong about a lot of things. The song isn't really that great, and were it not riding the coattails of Mandela's death, nobody would pay it any mind at all.

Also, Bono doesn't sound very good on the song, and Edge is on autopilot.
Riiiiiiight, when was the last time you listened to a song because it was on the "coattails of a dead person"?
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:26 PM   #63
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Ordinary Love has grown on me a lot.

I hate the whole auto pilot argument too.

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I don't know any other band or player that gets the "autopilot" argument as much as U2 on this forum. There are guitar players that would sell their souls for a signature sound. I wonder what players aren't considered on autopilot?
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:23 AM   #65
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"Edge on autopilot" = Edge doing something he is good at but I don't like it

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I particularly smh at the Tweet where he says he has no sympathy for the victim who got shot in the movie theatre for texting during the previews.

And then further informs his followers that he actually means it.
Wasn't he also the bloke who was complaining about people jumping up and down at a Radiohead concert?
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:30 PM   #66
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Autopilot isn't the right word, but I think it's fair to criticize him for some of NLOTH. Magnificent and Moment of Surrender could have absolutely benefited from him doing more, especially the former.
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I don't know any other band or player that gets the "autopilot" argument as much as U2 on this forum. There are guitar players that would sell their souls for a signature sound. I wonder what players aren't considered on autopilot?
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:44 PM   #68
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1. 11 or 12-song track listing, with maybe one 'genuine' b-side.
2. Edge will sing lead on one of the last songs on the album.
3. Theme? Optimism meets melodic industrialism... or something like that!
4. The tracks that have the slightest hint of ambiance will be held up on a pedestal by a select few on here, while the songs featuring the slightest hint of a guitar or vocal hook will be detested by those same folk. The later group of songs will bring accusations of them being last minute compositions and why the band can't "write what they want to".
5. It'll be released on a whim, with the promise of another album to follow shortly.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:27 PM   #69
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I do think PhilsFan has a point with The Edge on NLOTH especially MOS - I think it could have been a beyond epic song with some more Edge.
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It will have songs.

Talking serious now, I think it'll be a massive hit, in all points of view.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:27 PM   #71
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It will have songs.

Talking serious now, I think it'll be a massive hit, in all points of view.

WOW! you really went out on the limb with that first point
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WOW! you really went out on the limb with that first point
Pretty revealing, hun? Don't say you heard it from me!
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:12 PM   #73
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He's not wrong about a lot of things.
You start saying things like "[RS has solid political coverage]", your opinions are forever tuned out for me.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:59 PM   #74
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Regardless of themes, etc, it's a make or break album for the band going forward. If it receives the kind of general apathy NLOTH got, I could see it being their last studio album with only the occasional sporadic single peppering the next decade. On the other hand, if it's a decent or even massive success, it could give new life to the band and hopefully be the kick in the pants for them to put out more than one new studio album every 4-5 years.

Personally, I think U2 is at the same creative point the Rolling Stones were in the mid 90's. Their best work is likely behind them and I have to agree with "Acrobat's" comments about the new song. Sure, among the hardcore fanbase, "Ordinary Love" got a lot of attention but if it not for Mandela's death, it would have slipped the general listening public's conscious a lot sooner than it already has even with a likely short-lived Oscar bump in March.
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I predict the first single will have a video directed by Mark Romanek.
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