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Old 05-12-2012, 12:02 PM   #121
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Magnificent was a single. It didn't exactly achieve orbit.
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Magnificent was a single. It didn't exactly achieve orbit.
I think we can blame William for that.
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:35 PM   #123
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Because if a band, no matter how good they are, releases the same type of stuff over and over again, the public will eventually get bored.
(i actually don't think magnificent is u2-by-the-numbers, but regardless, if they never tried to challenge themselves and develop their style over time, i think it would probably be pretty unfulfilling both for the band and most of their fans. But that's just me, one of my favourite aspects of u2 is how they can change it up, like going from rattle and hum to achtung baby.)
Well, I do like bands that tend to change it up a bit too. But some bands like AC/DC do pretty well for themselves with singles that sound similar too, so I doubt that plays much of a role in it. And a good song is a good song. Besides, I still have to deal with people on other forums who say everything U2 releases "sounds the same". Apparently, they've never played War and Zooropa back-to-back!
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I agree, a good song is a good song... but if u2 had only made joshua tree-type albums after 1987, think of all we'd have missed out on!

I was actually going to mention ac/dc - they might have a limited range, but they're spectacular at what they do. I don't actually know how their last album did, but i wouldn't be surprised if it didn't do well because it was 'more of the same' (besides, didn't their biggest hits come out decades ago?), much as i'm certain that if u2 released 'with or without you' clones since the 80's, their popularity (or at least relevance) would have faded pretty quickly.

And oh god, i hate it when people say u2's stuff all sounds the same. Anyone who listens to Streets and then mysterious ways and says they're identical is crazy I think Edge could prevent that kind of perception from being too common if he ditches the chimes of magnificent and crazy tonight, and looked for something new (which is what they've hinted at in their latest interviews)!
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #125
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I think the problem with Magnificent being "U2-by-the-numbers" isn't that it's familiar. It's that U2 was touting this record as experimental and they pulled away from that musically by the time of release.
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Old 05-12-2012, 03:31 PM   #126
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To be fair, magnificent does sound very different to vertigo and all because of you. They went from a 'classic rock' kind of thing to atmospheric-dance.
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Hey! The album is coming out "this year, the next year or the year after." Hopefully one for each year. :sarc:
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:53 AM   #128
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Larry: "The album is coming out this year..."

Nope.

"...the next year..."

Nope.

"...or the year after."

Nope.

What's funny is that it takes Larry being pissed at something Bono said in order to inspire him to dominate an interview! He should get pissed more often.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:01 AM   #129
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Yep, that's good ole' Larry for ya. Guy never changes.
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One day The Sacred Heart of Malibu will be released. It's annoying that George Clooney gets to hear some of this stuff first.
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I love Larry's shirt. Love it. I want it.

I also love how he uses the Super Bowl appearance to illustrate his point that they were busy between Bomb and NLOTH.
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Magnificent was a single. It didn't exactly achieve orbit.
Yep!
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #133
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I also love how he uses the Super Bowl appearance to illustrate his point that they were busy between Bomb and NLOTH.
Clearly they were working on NLOTH in 2002, and the logistics involved with playing one night at the Super Bowl put the album off until 2009. I don't pretend to understand the music biz....

I really wish that if they really don't intend on releasing SOA they should just release it to fanclub members, or do a Radiohead type release. Get it out there in the hands of fans, but make it clear to everyone that it's not the next "official" U2 album.
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Clearly they were working on NLOTH in 2002, and the logistics involved with playing one night at the Super Bowl put the album off until 2009. I don't pretend to understand the music biz....
I feel like Larry must have just been mistaken, since that was pre-Bomb that they did the Superbowl. I always took this interview to mean the Superdome performance with Green Day when they did Saints, shortly after the Rubin sessions, but who knows. Regardless, your point about the logistics of it being one night still stands. I'd have no idea the prep work involved, though for them to have to rehearse with Green Day (especially with Edge learning 'Wake Me Up...') might take a bit more time than, say, the Super Bowl show, where they knew their songs and just had to get their staging down.
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Yep, that's good ole' Larry for ya. Guy never changes.
Even after you saved his life?
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