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Old 12-09-2017, 09:23 AM   #91
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I haven't posted in a long time, but after listening to SOE nearly five times through (my required amount before I have opinions) I needed to check my sanity. Definitely hear modern WAR influences.

AND, Bono looks thin ☘️😎
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Old 12-09-2017, 11:18 AM   #92
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For me, this was one of the album’s biggest surprises. Bono’s vocals are really good, especially during the chorus. The rest of the band sounds fucking great on this one, it’s almost like they had recorded it a long time ago. Should be a rocker live, hope they give it a shot.
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Not sure why in many of the official reviews I've read, this song is just glossed over or not mentioned at all...it truly has THE MOST single potential of the remaining songs on the album that haven't been released as singles yet. It is a true "pop" song but it has such a young, vibrant sound to it. PLEASE, release this as the next single.
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I think it's definitely in the top 3 and I absolutely here the modern-old-album-influences on it. So good.

This, The Blackout, Summer Love all revolve around the top 3 spots for me.

The Showman and Landlady bang about at the 4 and 5 positions.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:12 PM   #97
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Great song. Band sounding as they were in their twenties!
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In the Spotify videos for the album they DO make a point of talking about Red Flag Day...maybe it WILL BE the next single (maybe performed at the Grammy's)?? Here's hoping...I'm just hoping Bono does not bring that megaphone to the Grammy's
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I'm just hoping Bono does not bring that megaphone to the Grammy's


You and everyone else in this forum!
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:42 PM   #100
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Bono: “Where the fuck is my megaphone? And my glasses, anyone seen my glasses?”

Everyone in the room avoids eye contact, whistles, as the smell of burning plastic comes from the fireplace...
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In the Spotify videos for the album they DO make a point of talking about Red Flag Day...maybe it WILL BE the next single (maybe performed at the Grammy's)?? Here's hoping...I'm just hoping Bono does not bring that megaphone to the Grammy's


This song is going to killer live...

It's a great song on the album but it's going to have amazing energy live.
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..I'm just hoping Bono does not bring that megaphone to the Grammy's
You know he will.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:07 PM   #103
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In the Spotify videos for the album they DO make a point of talking about Red Flag Day...maybe it WILL BE the next single (maybe performed at the Grammy's)?? Here's hoping...I'm just hoping Bono does not bring that megaphone to the Grammy's
It absolutely should be the next single.

I've been between this and Showman for a while now, but I think this is the better bet. More crossover appeal. Extremely young, modern sound while somehow authentically capturing the energy of the early 1980s that many fans have missed. It also has familiar early U2 themes- the political and personal intertwined. Much like say, NYD or Pride, you can hear the stories of the people and events that inspired these songs, yet they can be applied to many personal situations we all face.

Of course, it's about the refugee crisis and the troubles faced by these poor souls in this political climate. However, phrases like"baby it's a red flag day, baby lets get in the water...." "today we can't afford to be afraid of what we fear" can be applied to any struggle and provide inspiration to anyone attempting to face their fears in pursuit of something.

This is not a knock on Showman- I think it's easily one of the strongest songs on the album. Great fun and maybe it could be the 3rd single. We all know this band- they want another hit. If they want to have any prayer at that, they can't put out Showman in this climate. People in the general public and even some casual fans truly don't get Bono and the self deprecation, as well done and sincere as it is, will go right over their heads.

I love the whole album, but when I want an "SOE quick fix" I go right to RFD-Showman-Little things.

Red flag should be pushed next.

Showman after that.
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I can't get over how much I love this song. There's nothing else on this album I'm over the moon about, but this song makes me feel things.
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And I really don't understand any of them.
This was surprising to read, considering your location.
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Well upon further research, the Red Flag that Bono references can have multiple meanings...

1. Red Flag Warning - Is a Weather term for very hot weather and possibly turbulent seas. don't quote me on this one. Hence, the repeated references to getting in the water and getting out of town during the worst weather where possibly no one would see you. Who knows?
I'm surprised to see how many people didn't know what a Red Flag Day was, but even my husband didn't and we live in LA. In fact this album came out right before we had a couple weeks in a row of Red Flag Days. Weird.

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Very Springsteen-esque move to couch a depressing story in uplifting music (in this case modernized surf rock) to really drive the sting in. I'd love to hear a retro/less glittery mix of this. Is this the tour we'll finally get Drowning Man?
I loved it. I can't think of many other times U2 have done the depressing lyrics/pop song thing.
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