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View Poll Results: Do you feel the same about GOYB today?
I still love it as much as I did the first listen 234 33.24%
I dont like it as much as I did the first listen 80 11.36%
It's growing on me 293 41.62%
I still dont like it 97 13.78%
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:20 PM   #136
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i'm calling bullshit on this... something different and innovative?
how is this song either of those?

this IS a straight forward rock song (not that there's anything wrong with that), despite what alan cross might have said before anyone else heard the song.
Call bullshit all you want, knock yourself out!

Differentoes it sound like anything you hear on the radio now? It has alot more changes of pace, the chorus, the verses are all innovative for a rock song. It doesn't sound like Human or Sex on Fire or Viva la Vida, thats for damn sure.

Innovative:You haven't heard U2 do anything like this before. Not Pop, not Fast Cars, not LAPOE, nothing they have done sounds like this. U2 mixing their traditional rock sound with all these elements and releasing it as a first single is indeed innovative. Nothing Alan Cross said in his review was unreasonable.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:31 PM   #137
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It's growing on me. I voted it a 6 in the poll after it came out, but right now I could give it a 7. I do have the feeling though that I will be extremely tired of it by the time the tour rolls around. A year from now I can see it being one of my least favorite U2 songs. Then again, a kickass live version during the tour might make it one to remember.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:44 PM   #138
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Well, at least you're upbeat about something.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:45 PM   #139
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Innovative:You haven't heard U2 do anything like this before.


I respectfully disagree. But I'm happy you think so.
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Old 01-24-2009, 07:55 PM   #140
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I still like it as much as I liked it before. I've only listened to it -20 times though.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #141
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What do people not get? U2 rarely puts their best song as the first single.
Uhhh, going back 26 years to 1983: New Year's Day, Pride, With Or Without You, Desire, The Fly, Beautiful Day.

I'd say U2 more often than not puts out one of their best songs as the first single.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:28 PM   #142
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Call bullshit all you want, knock yourself out!

Innovative:You haven't heard U2 do anything like this before. Not Pop, not Fast Cars, not LAPOE, nothing they have done sounds like this. U2 mixing their traditional rock sound with all these elements and releasing it as a first single is indeed innovative. Nothing Alan Cross said in his review was unreasonable.
Innovation is when NO ONE else has done anything like it before. This song is hardly worthy of being described as innovative. The drumming is pretty much standard. The bassline is nothing extraordinary and has the exact same notes as the main guitar riff. That guitar riff isn't mindblowing. The guitar distortion sound is easy to produce. The song structure? Radiohead has come up with far more interesting arrangements than this, to say the least. The "let me in the sound" that some of you rave about is probably the least original part of the song.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:30 PM   #143
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Innovation is when NO ONE else has done anything like it before. This song is hardly worthy of being described as innovative. The drumming is pretty much standard. The bassline is nothing extraordinary and has the exact same notes as the main guitar riff. That guitar riff isn't mindblowing. The guitar distortion sound is easy to produce. The song structure? Radiohead has come up with far more interesting arrangements than this, to say the least. The "let me in the sound" that some of you rave about is probably the least original part of the song.
Lets be honest here mate, all your ever gonna do is be negative arent you?, you have no intention of ever taking part in any positive discussions? as long as you think your opinion is the most valid then your happy.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:38 PM   #144
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Lets be honest here mate, all your ever gonna do is be negative arent you?, you have no intention of ever taking part in any positive discussions? as long as you think your opinion is the most valid then your happy.
So far it looks like I have more to offer to the discussions than you. All you are doing is calling out people for their negativity. Very original.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:46 PM   #145
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To be honest, it gets better with each listen and for the first time, I get it (at least I think I do!!). This has been discussed and drifted but today I actually listened to the message, not the song. Someone earlier made a comment to the extent (actually literally said) that it's a big "fuck you" to the terrorists. I tend to disagree. I personally think it's a big hug to all sides of conflict today. I believe it's almost a message of peace or at least a 2000's reprise of SBS but with a twist. I believe it's a message of hope and a plea for peace. That's my take.

I agree...loads of reviews have said that this song picks up where Vertigo left off. To me it picks up where Love and Peace left off, both thematically and sonically. Although it is a little more light hearted in its delivery. The structure also reminds me of Discotheque.

Someone in a different thread said it was a song about the Middle East, I think that it is in part true, but I think it is a song about/against fear, where ever it exists, Iraq or middle America. The "you don't know how beautiful you are" line, while possibly cliched, in the context of the song is a reference to to someone not realizing how beautiful being human is, and the potential that life is.

I love the song. The first listen I wasn't sure, but after my third or fourth listen on a proper stereo (to hear Adams ground shaking bass) I was hooked. I cannot wait for this record.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:57 PM   #146
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Uhhh, going back 26 years to 1983: New Year's Day, Pride, With Or Without You, Desire, The Fly, Beautiful Day.

I'd say U2 more often than not puts out one of their best songs as the first single.
Well this is accoring to my taste. I like probably 98% of their songs so just about any song on any album is good to me. Certainly BD, V, and D are not the best songs on those albums. For me the last 3 albums the best songs were Gone, Kite, and COBL. Gone and Kite weren't even put out as singles. I don't know if The Fly is their best song on AB but it's one of the best. Desire wasn't the best first single choice for me though I love it. WOWY, Pride and NYD are the best first singles for those albums.
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:57 PM   #147
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The Fly had me within about 30 seconds, and I've never stopped loving this song.
Boots never had me, not even for a minute. After the first 10 seconds I said "Oh no...".

I'm sorry. People can't help how they feel. I'm glad some people here love the song.
Feel the same way.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:11 PM   #148
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I'm sorry. People can't help how they feel. I'm glad some people here love the song.
No need to apologize. There are 11 songs on the album and since it's an eclectic album I'm sure you'll find plenty to your liking.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:20 PM   #149
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Lets be honest here mate, all your ever gonna do is be negative arent you?, you have no intention of ever taking part in any positive discussions? as long as you think your opinion is the most valid then your happy.
Lets be honest hear mate. If U2s first single sounded like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star you would still say its the best song they have ever done
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:21 PM   #150
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I would really hope so.
Thankfully there's a bunch off Bomb that I really enjoy, despite the fact I think Vertigo is shite.
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