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Old 02-14-2018, 10:29 AM   #1
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Rating songs SOE - 2.5 months after release

CLASSIC U2 SONGS 9-10/10
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GREAT U2 SONGS 8-9/10
Landlady
The little things that give you away
Love is bigger than anything in its way
The blackout
Summer of love

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
Lights of home
Red flag day
Love is all we have left
13 (There is a light)
The showman (little more better)

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
Get out of your own way

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
You're the best thing about me
American soul
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:18 AM   #2
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A solid album

CLASSIC U2 SONGS 9-10/10
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GREAT U2 SONGS 8-9/10
Red flag day
Love is all we have left
The little things that give you away
Summer of love

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
Lights of home
Landlady
13 (There is a light)
The showman (little more better)
The blackout
You're the best thing about me

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
American soul
Love is bigger than anything in its way

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
Get out of your own way
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:56 AM   #3
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CLASSIC U2
The Little Things That Give You Away
Red Flag Day

GREAT U2
Love is Bigger Than Anything In It’s Way
The Blackout

GOOD U2
Lights of Home
You’re the Best Thing About Me
Book of Your Heart
Landlady
Summer of Love
Love is All We Have Left

NOT BAD U2
The Showman (Little More Better)
Get Out of Your Own Way
13 (There is a Light)

”I’LL PASS” U2
American Soul
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:09 PM   #4
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CLASSIC U2 SONGS 9-10/10
The little things that give you away

GREAT U2 SONGS 8-9/10
Red flag day
Love is all we have left
Summer of love
Landlady

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
Lights of home
13 (There is a light)
The showman (little more better)
The blackout
You're the best thing about me

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
Love is bigger than anything in its way

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
American soul
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:07 PM   #5
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CLASSIC U2 SONGS 9-10/10
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GREAT U2 SONGS 8-9/10
Landlady
The little things that give you away
Red flag day
Summer of love
Love is all we have left
13 (There is a light)

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
Lights of home (string version) - Very close to the great category
You're the best thing about me
Love is bigger than anything in its way
The blackout

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
Get out of your own way

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
American soul

INTO THE TRASH BIN
The showman (little more better)
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:32 PM   #6
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I couldn't mark anything as great or classic on this album. A couple good U2 songs, a whole lot of average U2 songs, and a couple tracks which should go right in the trash bin. It's a decent album but I've lost interest in most of it at this point - 2018 is probably not going to be a big U2 year for me...I think I am going to skip the E+I tour and I just don't have the same buzz about them that I had in early 2017.

GOOD U2 SONGS 7-8/10
The Little Things That Give You Away (8)
Red flag day (7)
Landlady (7)

AVERAGE U2 SONGS 6-7/10
Lights of Home (6)
Get Out of Your Own Way (6)
The Showman (6)

BELOW AVERAGE U2 SONGS <6
Summer of Love (5)
Love Is All We Have Left (5)
You're The Best Thing About Me (4)

BIN IT
Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way (3)
13 (2)
The Blackout (2)
American Soul (2)
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:40 PM   #7
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I haven't listened to the whole thing in while. I think SOE is a very solid U2 album. Still need time but I think its the strongest since POP.

The songs I do keep coming back and find classic U2:

-Little Things
-Red Flag Day
-Land Lady (reminds me a modern day 'Stay')
-Lights of Home
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:29 PM   #8
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I don't think it's an album I will come back to a great deal, which is something I do with songs of innocence. Too many songs which are average by U2 standards.
There are a few great songs which stand with some of the best u2 songs and they are : love is all we have left, red flag day, little things, summer of love and book of your heart.
Landlady is very good, as is the showman.
There are two that I will put in with stand up comedy and never listen to again, American Soul and the blackout.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:15 PM   #9
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Little Things 10
Love is Bigger 9.0
Blackout 8.5 (might go to 9)
Summer of Love 8.5
Get Out of 8.0
Red Flag Day 7.5
Best Thing 7.5
LOH Strings 7.5*
Landlady 6.5
American Soul 6.0
Showman 5.5
LOH 5.5
Book of My Heart 5.5*
13(there is a light) 5
Love is All We Have Left 3

There are more songs on this album than any album since Achtung Baby that I consider good to classic (8-10) but the flow of the album doesn't sit well with me. I wish there was more of that classic Edge sound on the album or a killer riff in there somewhere.
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I still don’t like the Kendrick Lamar speed bump. I listened to SOI today, and it was such a relief to not have something like that to cringe about. It’s so refreshing.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:22 AM   #11
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I still don’t like the Kendrick Lamar speed bump. I listened to SOI today, and it was such a relief to not have something like that to cringe about. It’s so refreshing.
I agree.

I listened to SoI a few months back, listened the whole way through and really loved it, have been listening regularly ever since.

Whilst it still baffles me that songs as brilliant as Invisible and Crystal Ballroom didn't make it(I prefer the original Stingray Guitar to lucifer's Hands) it still holds up as a top album.

My ratings for SoE (including book of your heart as I love it so much) are at present:

Book Of Your Heart 9
Love Is All We Have Left 9
Red Flag Day 9
Summer Of Love 9
Little Things 8
Landlady 8
The Showman 7
Love Is Bigger 6
Lights Of Home 6
Best Thing 6
Get Out Of Your Own 5
13 5
Blackout 2
American Soul 1

I'm generally pretty generous with my marks for U2 songs but this is the first U2 album where I haven't given a song a 10. I don't think it's their worst album, but even their worst album has a 10 (COBL).
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:38 AM   #12
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Still listening to the record every day if I'm honest. Loving it. Listen to it on the drive home every day from work. Have a break on weekends

Classic

Little things
Summer of love
Red flag day

Great

The showman
The blackout

Good

Lights of home
Get out of your own way
You're the best thing about me
13
Love is bigger

Average

American soul
Landlady
Love is all we have left
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:26 AM   #13
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I still don’t like the Kendrick Lamar speed bump. I listened to SOI today, and it was such a relief to not have something like that to cringe about. It’s so refreshing.


Partially agree.

The end of GOOYOW is horrendous with Kendrick Lamar’s speech. It doesn’t fit at all and is cringeworthy.

However, while not my favorite, I do think it had a nice flow into American Soul. It boggles my mind why thy wouldn’t put the whole speech in American Soul and spread it out over two songs. If you just listen to GOOYOW, you are left thinking “WTF was that random shit”.
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Love is all we have left- 8/10
LOH- 5
Best thing- 7/10
GOOYOW- 8/10
AS- 5/10 (corny lyrics, and the lazy use of the Volcano bridge is completely pointless. However, I do like enough of the song to never skip it).
SOL- 8/10
RFD- 9/10
Showman- 6/10 (fluff piece. Throwaway)
Little Things- 11/10
Landlady- 9/10
Blackout- 8/10
LIBTAIIW- 8/10
13- 7/10
BOYH- 8/10

Overall I'm very pleased. I'm not as into it as I was SOI, but I still like it a lot.
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Partially agree.

The end of GOOYOW is horrendous with Kendrick Lamar’s speech. It doesn’t fit at all and is cringeworthy.

However, while not my favorite, I do think it had a nice flow into American Soul. It boggles my mind why thy wouldn’t put the whole speech in American Soul and spread it out over two songs. If you just listen to GOOYOW, you are left thinking “WTF was that random shit”.
Haha. Just think anyone for the rest their days (tomorrow, 2 years from now, & 20 years from now) goes in a bar and puts on GOOYOW and then Kendrick Lamar will come on.

This would be like 2Pac or Snoop Dog talking after 'Please'. Good times
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