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Old 03-09-2014, 07:08 AM   #91
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Anyone who thinks Invisible is a horrible song or inferior to other recent songs like Window In the Skies should walk - nay, run - to their nearest drug store and purchase an ear irrigation kit.

They might need other professional help also but they can start with that.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:14 AM   #92
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I wish U2 were ready to be lumped in with Springsteen. Since 2002 we've gotten 7 albums, almost constant touring and unpredictable live shows.

Some of his newer stuff has it's detractors of course but I'd put The Rising, Magic or Wrecking Ball up against Bomb and No Line any day.
U2 should release a record of old songs and covers and see how well that goes over with U2 fans.
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That's not an apt comparison at all - the latest Springsteen came out pretty hot on the heels of an excellent album, so it's just a bonus. It's not like an album of old tracks/covers was his first album in years.

So, if U2 put out an album of new material and then a year later put out an album a la High Hopes, I think U2 fans would be just fucking fine with it, thanks.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #94
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lol u2 and high hopes shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.
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That's not an apt comparison at all - the latest Springsteen came out pretty hot on the heels of an excellent album, so it's just a bonus. It's not like an album of old tracks/covers was his first album in years.

So, if U2 put out an album of new material and then a year later put out an album a la High Hopes, I think U2 fans would be just fucking fine with it, thanks.
I love Bruce, but his latest efforts, to me, are very weak. I have hardly listened to High Hopes. I feel he's throwing out album after album to stay on the road and be on a never-ending tour. I prefer U2's release habits, if it means we get fresh songs and a great album, not any warmed up old material or fillers.
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I love Bruce, but his latest efforts, to me, are very weak. I have hardly listened to High Hopes. I feel he's throwing out album after album to stay on the road and be on a never-ending tour. I prefer U2's release habits, if it means we get fresh songs and a great album, not any warmed up old material or fillers.
I dunno.

At this point, I want as much material from U2 as possible. It would be nice if they actually released "This Is" as a download or something, I enjoyed the cover. I'm sure I'd enjoy plenty of the songs they've written over the last 3-4 years as well. As I've said before, I'm not expecting anything as good as AB, JT, Zooropa, UF, Pop, whatever. If the songs are better than songs from those albums, awesome, but it's not and shouldn't be a competition -- especially within their own catalog. I just want new songs to like from them.
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That's not an apt comparison at all - the latest Springsteen came out pretty hot on the heels of an excellent album, so it's just a bonus. It's not like an album of old tracks/covers was his first album in years.

So, if U2 put out an album of new material and then a year later put out an album a la High Hopes, I think U2 fans would be just fucking fine with it, thanks.
You realize you're arguing with somebody who does not need silly things like facts to back up their points, right?



Bruce decided he really enjoyed playing with Tom Morello and wanted to record with him. So he did. Thus we have High Hopes. He does what he wants to do, when he feels like doing it. Full band? Sure. Moody solo acoustic? Okay. An album full of songs influenced by Pete Seeger? Fuck it, how 'bout a tour, too!

Meanwhile U2 sits around and waits for devine inspiration. Too bad. God's busy.
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That's not an apt comparison at all - the latest Springsteen came out pretty hot on the heels of an excellent album, so it's just a bonus. It's not like an album of old tracks/covers was his first album in years.

So, if U2 put out an album of new material and then a year later put out an album a la High Hopes, I think U2 fans would be just fucking fine with it, thanks.
Wrecking Ball was a work of new material. High Hopes is a compilation of covers and old songs that now seems to fuel a Dylan-ish neverending tour, and the record has its share of complaints among the fans.

U2 will get absolutely shredded if they pull a High Hopes.
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He does what he wants to do, when he feels like doing it.
So does U2.
Which is why we all sit around here complaining.
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Yes, but for a while they were doing exactly what we wanted them to! Bono got skinny, Edge put on grownup shoes again, Adam solved his hair problem, they made us believe it was really going to happen and everything was going to be perfect---and then they wanted to change their minds! That's a shitty thing to want! Why can't they just want the right thing, which is to release right now? *stamps feet, cries a little*

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Wrecking Ball was a work of new material. High Hopes is a compilation of covers and old songs
No shit, Sherlock. You didn't even read my post, did you

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... that now seems to fuel a Dylan-ish neverending tour...
Oh no! Popular entertainer decides to keep touring, allowing thousands upon thousands of fans to see him in concert again!

WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN POOR SPRINGSTEEN FANS???
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:09 PM   #103
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One thing many here are forgetting is that U2 are artists, and they must be honest with themselves. Leonard Cohen wrote this in his album, Ten New Songs:

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That we cannot but obey
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For what’s left of our religion,
I lift my voice and pray:
May the lights in The Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth some day.


Perhaps after listening to these songs for the past few years, working on them, reworking them, etc….perhaps U2 have realized they just don't feel right? It's called having artistic integrity. At the end of the day, you have to grant them that. Bringing in a hip producer like Danger Mouse to bring them relevancy might have worked on a surface level, but that's not what U2 is about. Perhaps U2 just couldn't look at these songs as a true reflection of themselves as artists? If this is indeed the case, I applaud them for listening to their instincts. People talk about U2 selling out. I think this might just be the exact opposite.
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Bringing in a hip producer like Danger Mouse to bring them relevancy might have worked on a surface level, but that's not what U2 is about.
And yet they're supposedly bringing in Ryan Tedder as (one of) the new producer(s).

Look, I mostly don't give a shit what producer they use, and I am the last person who's going to pull the whole "selling out" bullshit, or who's going to crap on pop music, and obviously, they don't feel the songs are "right," for whatever reason. But I don't think your comment point works here.
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So does U2.
Which is why we all sit around here complaining.
So U2 want to do nothing?
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