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Old 03-15-2018, 08:05 PM   #31
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There are so many songs on this album that I find to be good and yet the way the album is sequenced makes me not like it as much as I should. Im used to the best songs being at the beginning of the album and the lesser ones being on the "second" side but SOE is just money in the back half and meh in the front (my opinion of course).

So, the perfect SOE album sequence for me:

1-Lights of Home Strings
2-Love Is Bigger Than anything in its Way
3-Little Things That Give Me away
4-Summer of Love
5-Red Flag Day
6-Get Out of Your Own Way
7-American Soul
8-Best Thing
9-Land Lady
10-Blackout
11-Showman

I would cut Love is all we have left and 13 as I just don't care for either one, although 13 has some nice lyrics. Stings LOH is a great opener and the album kicks off into high gear with an uplifting LIBTAIIW. Little Things is a perfect #3 as it has that epic/mellow feel often found in the 3 spot( With or Without You/MOS/One/SYCMIOYO). The rest. I like Summer of Love at 4 because it's a great song and it leads well into Red Flag Day at 6 to complete an amazing first side.

Side 2 kicks off with GOOYOW, with i like a lot and is a solid start to the back half. American Soul is a "meh" song but I would keep it on the album because it's got some cool sounds/beats and the 7 spot suits it well. Best Thing is a solid tune and a nice upbeat song in the back that is followed nicely by a very mellow and solid song in Land Lady. Blackout is the "big song" of the 2nd side and ends with Showman. I'm not big on Showman but as the last song, it's a pretty good way to end (upbeat and all).
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:46 AM   #32
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I don't know about the order, but I'd use this tracklist:

1. Lights of Home (St Peter)
2. Book of Your Heart
3. Red Flag Day
4. Summer of Love
5. Landlady
6. Little Things
7. Love Is Bigger
8. Blackout
9. 13
10. Love is All

SOE has been the opposite of a grower for me. The run of Little Things-American Soul is, I think, my least favorite part of any U2 album. It's got the cringe inducing lyrics and pandering of the middle of NLOTH, but they're much less ambitious and the songwriting isn't as good (the reliance on stop/start is cheap). The lyrics on the album also leave me cold much of the time - there's some great stuff, but not enough to offset the trite sloganeering. Bono brings more heart to the album than he has in a long time, but I wish he brought his head along too. Overall, I prefer SOI.
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Old 03-18-2018, 06:35 AM   #33
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I don't know about the order, but I'd use this tracklist:

1. Lights of Home (St Peter)
2. Book of Your Heart
3. Red Flag Day
4. Summer of Love
5. Landlady
6. Little Things
7. Love Is Bigger
8. Blackout
9. 13
10. Love is All
I have to say: this version of SOE would be quite a GREAT album (even though I enjoy SOE as it is). Less is more.
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:59 PM   #34
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Album overall: 7/10. Bottom line: solid, if somewhat understated, late career grower, with the good largely outweiging the bad. It's not earth shaking stuff, but the band succeeds in finding a thematic hook and mostly avoiding the lyrical blunders that have dogged many of their contemporary releases.

CLASSICS (9-10);
The Little Things that Give You Away (10)

GREAT (7.5-9):
Lights of Home (8)
Landlady (9)
The Blackout (8)
Red Flag Day (8)
13 (7.5)
Book of Your Heart (7.5)

GOOD (6-7):
Love is All We Have Left (7)
Summer of Love (7)
Get Out of Your Own Way (6)
Best Thing (Kygo) (7)
Showman (6)

MEH (5-6):
Best Thing (album) (5)
Love is Bigger (5)

DUDS (3-5):
American Soul (4)

Haven't listened in a while but plan to this week. Still really enjoy it. In my U2 pantheon it is 6th behind JT, AB, TUF, Zooropa, and War, kicking Pop and ATYCLB down.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:07 AM   #35
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I don't know about the order, but I'd use this tracklist:

1. Lights of Home (St Peter)
2. Book of Your Heart
3. Red Flag Day
4. Summer of Love
5. Landlady
6. Little Things
7. Love Is Bigger
8. Blackout
9. 13
10. Love is All

SOE has been the opposite of a grower for me. The run of Little Things-American Soul is, I think, my least favorite part of any U2 album. It's got the cringe inducing lyrics and pandering of the middle of NLOTH, but they're much less ambitious and the songwriting isn't as good (the reliance on stop/start is cheap). The lyrics on the album also leave me cold much of the time - there's some great stuff, but not enough to offset the trite sloganeering. Bono brings more heart to the album than he has in a long time, but I wish he brought his head along too. Overall, I prefer SOI.
This is a really good running order. An improvement in my opinion.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:01 AM   #36
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I don't know about the order, but I'd use this tracklist:

1. Lights of Home (St Peter)
2. Book of Your Heart
3. Red Flag Day
4. Summer of Love
5. Landlady
6. Little Things
7. Love Is Bigger
8. Blackout
9. 13
10. Love is All

SOE has been the opposite of a grower for me. The run of Little Things-American Soul is, I think, my least favorite part of any U2 album. It's got the cringe inducing lyrics and pandering of the middle of NLOTH, but they're much less ambitious and the songwriting isn't as good (the reliance on stop/start is cheap). The lyrics on the album also leave me cold much of the time - there's some great stuff, but not enough to offset the trite sloganeering. Bono brings more heart to the album than he has in a long time, but I wish he brought his head along too. Overall, I prefer SOI.
It's funny, I think I'd like Love is Bigger if it were there, and we didn't have tracks 3-5 as well. Somehow I feel that it saps the energy in the album now, whereas in the order above it sort of breaks the heavier stuff. That's how it should have been used.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:19 PM   #37
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According to iTunes, my top 5 played tracks from SOE are:

1. Book of Your Heart
2. Love is All We Have Left
3. The Little Things That Give You Away
4. You're the Best Thing About Me
5. Landlady

Sounds about right, except I would rank Lights of Home as 4th best on the album.

As for worst... I didn't even add Get Out or American Soul to my iTunes. Lol.
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Old 03-29-2018, 06:07 PM   #38
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CLASSIC U2 SONGS 9-10/10
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GREAT U2 SONGS 8-9/10
Red Flag Day
The Little Things That Give You Away
The Blackout
13

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
Love Is All We Have Left
You're the Best Thing About Me (vs Kygo, one tier higher)
Summer of Love

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
Lights of Home (St. Peters, one tier higher)
The Showman
Landlady
Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way (live, three tiers higher?)

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
Get Out of Your Own Way
American Soul
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:08 PM   #39
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According to iTunes, my top 5 played tracks from SOE are:

1. Book of Your Heart
2. Love is All We Have Left
3. The Little Things That Give You Away
4. You're the Best Thing About Me
5. Landlady

Sounds about right, except I would rank Lights of Home as 4th best on the album.

As for worst... I didn't even add Get Out or American Soul to my iTunes. Lol.
Now this is an interesting approach. Here's what I got:

1. Get Out of Your Own Way
2. You're the Best Thing About Me (incl. Kyogo)
3. The Blackout
4. The Little Things That Give You Away
5. American Soul
6. Lights of Home (incl. Stings Version)
7. Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
8. 13 (There Is a Light)
9. The Showman (Little More Better)
10. Love Is All We Have Left
11 (3-way tie). Summer of Love / Red Flag Day / Landlady
14. Book of Your Heart

One caveat is that pre-album release songs are ranked high because I've had more opportunities to listen to them. Explains why American Soul is so high even though I rank it very low.
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Old 03-31-2018, 01:59 PM   #40
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Hmm tough,but here we go.

1. The little things that give you away
2. Red Flag Day
3. The Blackout
4. Lights of home. (Album version)
5. Summer of love
6. Love is all we have left
7. 13 there is a light
8. The showman
9. Your the best thing about me
10. Book of your heart
11. American soul
12. Love is bigger than anything in it's way
13. Landlady
14. Get out of your own way.
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Old 04-13-2018, 07:13 PM   #41
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Months later loving this album even more ... wasn’t sure early on but it’s a slow grower and now thinking it’s a masterpiece ... even liking American Soul ... how did that happen?
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Months later loving this album even more ... wasn’t sure early on but it’s a slow grower and now thinking it’s a masterpiece ... even liking American Soul ... how did that happen?
It's still bad but I hate it a tiny bit less.
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Old 04-29-2018, 11:49 AM   #43
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So 5 months in, this is were I'm at after taking a little break from the record

Skip love is all we have left, decent way to open the album but sort of a filler track now, skip American soul, not really into this anymore. 13, is alright and a decent way to finish a record but it isn't the best of songs is it. Love all the other, landladys probably my least favourite out of the songs I love

Lights of home
Best thing about me
Get out of your own way
Summer of love
Red flag day
The showman
Little things that give you away
Landlady
Blackout
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:29 AM   #44
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Still love this album.

Top songs in kinda most fave to least
Landlady
Red Flag
13
Love is All
Summer of Love
Lights
Little Things
Love is Bigger
Blackout

The fact that i have NINE songs of one album that i love/really like is pretty incredible

Best thing I like and is a solid song i enjoy. I also would put Book of Your Heart up there pretty high as well.

I skip Am. Soul, usually skip Get Out, and refuse to listen to The Showman ( )
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:45 AM   #45
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Showman is such an amazing tune
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