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Old 07-30-2019, 01:48 PM   #91
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I made an alternate tracklist that has been really working well. I actually really enjoy the Kygo Mix of Best Thing, and it works really well in that spot. This tracklist keeps the energy strong throughout with a pretty epic ending.

Love Is All We Have Left
Blackout
Love Is Bigger Than Anything On It's Way
Best Thing (Kygo Mix)
Red Flag Day
Summer Of Love
The Showman
Landlady
The Little Things That Give You Away
Lights Of Home (Strings version)
There Is A Light
Oh and I didn't include Book Of Your Heart just because I have never found a place where it flows well. Plus, I've always considered it a bit unfinished.
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:03 PM   #92
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Most of U2's best songs are unfinished...

Love Is Bigger.... I can't see how that flows at the front of the album...

Showman should be dumped...

otherwise that does look like an improvement. Removing AS alone improves the album by 10x...
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:49 PM   #93
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Most of U2's best songs are unfinished...

Love Is Bigger.... I can't see how that flows at the front of the album...

Showman should be dumped...

otherwise that does look like an improvement. Removing AS alone improves the album by 10x...
I initially didn't even consider Love Is Bigger towards the front, but it actually works.
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Get Out is worse than all of these, a day-old doo-doo diaper.
Nah. I count it also as a silent fart.

Smelly, mildly amusing at times, ultimately harmless and forgettable.
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I still don’t understand the interference vitriol for gooey. It’s a nice song. Toothless is the best assessment of it. But it’s not annoying so that’s a win. Definitely forgettable.
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I still don’t understand the interference vitriol for gooey. It’s a nice song. Toothless is the best assessment of it. But it’s not annoying so that’s a win. Definitely forgettable.
Agreed. Get Out and Best Thing are FAR from shit-tier in my opinion, but get lumped in. I have a feeling it's mostly about context... if they were one-offs or b-sides, or on an EP of sonically similar songs, I think they'd be looked at positively, or at worst, ignored. Even if they weren't chosen and pushed as singles, I have a feeling they'd maybe even be considered deep-cut hidden gems. We, as fans, definitely don't like being force-fed the poppy stuff and it usually ends up tarnishing a song beyond the actual merits of said song.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:27 AM   #97
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I still don’t understand the interference vitriol for gooey. It’s a nice song. Toothless is the best assessment of it. But it’s not annoying so that’s a win. Definitely forgettable.
That's Interference for you in a nutshell. Never a true representation of the fan base as a whole. I'm sure there were a lot of people who enjoy Get Out/American Soul, and were quite happy to see them played on the tour. Not saying if they're right or wrong. It is what it is.
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I still don’t understand the interference vitriol for gooey. It’s a nice song. Toothless is the best assessment of it. But it’s not annoying so that’s a win. Definitely forgettable.
Possibly the worst example of trying to cram too many syllables in to the lines on the verses, as though he's just writing whatever he wants without any regard for the actual music it's supposed to be put to.

The Beautiful Day aping with Edge on autopilot, just to name one of his own tracks he's borrowing from here.

It's insipid.
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Yeah, Get Out is just this lump of nothing. At first listen its pleasing enough, but truly falls flat after repeated listens. I put it at about a 5. a Meh. A yawn.
At least I am passionate about not liking American Soul and The Showman. LOL. Those are 2's in my opinion.
Luckily the rest of the album more than makes up for them.

My Alternate tracklist:

Love is All
Light (St. Peters String)
Best Thing
Summer of Love
Red Flag Day
Little Things
Landlady
Book of Your Heart
The Blackout
Love is Bigger
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Oh and I didn't include Book Of Your Heart just because I have never found a place where it flows well. Plus, I've always considered it a bit unfinished.
I agree with you on the feeling of Book of Your Heart. I love it, because it has sort of this Rattle and Hum type, loose constructed feel. But that same thing i like about it, makes me feel like just a little more tweaking would push it to an even better place. Although who knows.

That said, i put it between Landlady and The Blackout and it flows well IMO.
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My current SOE playlist is different from what I proposed 18 months ago. I was adamant before about switching Lights of Home and Love Is Bigger, because I was so frustrated that the latter's outro didn't go on long enough for a show-stopper, whereas Lights of Home has that longer, Hey Jude-esque outro.

But after further consideration, Lights of Home is much more of a mission statement, or more to the point, it tells the story of Bono's bike accident and having to come to terms with dying. This crisis hovered like a spectre over the sessions (and a lot of the subsequent material) so it makes sense to put it at the beginning (not to mention that Love Is Bigger is a really strong credo to leave the listener with at the end).

My one caveat, that I know a lot of people share, is that the album version doesn't quite have enough impact. I think the vocal melody is a little too staccato and not engaging enough for the first proper song on the album. So I'm using the String Version, which at least gives it more gravitas.

The only song I actively hate is Get Out, so I removed everything up until right where the guitar part that accompanies Kendrick's vocal starts, and it actually sounds totally normal as an intro to American Soul. I labeled it "Preacher's Blessing".

1. Love Is All
2. Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)
3. Best Thing
4. The Showman
(Preacher's Blessing)
5. American Soul
6. The Blackout
7. Summer of Love
8. Red Flag Day
9. Landlady
10. Book Of Your Heart
11. Little Things
12. Love Is Bigger
13. There Is A Light

I tried to make sure there weren't any wild stylistic variances from song to song, so it flows nicely. And in terms of lyrical content, I grouped the more personal songs at the beginning (Lights-Best Thing-Showman), then went into a political section (Soul-Blackout-Summer-Red Flag) for the middle, and then back to the personal for the last third (Landlady-Book-Little Things-Bigger-Light).

I know some people really dislike The Showman, but if you're not going to cut it, it's ridiculous to have that catchy/poppy of a song buried in the second half, so I gave it a more prominent placement. Mikal said above that Book Of Your Heart doesn't fit anywhere, but Landlady does have a spacey sound and a keyboard backing which I think goes into Book's pulsating electronic style well, and then Book's ending with Bono's dramatic vocal and that little beeping matches the processed/muffled beat at the beginning of Little Things.

Give it a try.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:25 PM   #102
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I loved Experience and had it on repeat for a month. I haven’t listened to it since. Sad.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:18 AM   #103
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I shall be listening to "Songs Of Experience" soon. I love all the albums [that I've listened to] of U2. These are:

1. Achtung Baby
2. Pop
3. The Best Of 1980 - 1990
4. The Best Of 1990 - 2000
5. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
6. Songs Of Innocence
7. All That You Can't Leave Behind

I love all these albums, but no. 7 is my favourite. It speaks from Bono's heart and just is emotional and heartfelt. My absolute favourite by U2. I am going to be listening to their entire catalogue, too. And that is in no way boring.
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okay now i'm 100% convinced this has to be an alter.
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:37 PM   #105
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Deems do some digging
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