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Old 12-17-2012, 05:04 PM   #91
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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have confirmed a spring 2013 release.
Fuck yeah. 'Sgonna be big.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:18 PM   #92
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I'd tell you what else is coming out, but I wouldn't want to do that to Ashley.



To be fair, I haven't updated that list in a while.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:53 AM   #93
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 PM   #94
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Are the people mentioning U2 as most dreaded actually serious?

Why would you dread a new album by a band you love(d). A bad album won't make their other records any worse. Who knows? It could be pretty good, just like NLOTH (imo of course).
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:40 PM   #95
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While I respect their opinions, I find it amusing that people are dreading the new U2 album. Those people are the hipsters of Bang & Clatter. Dreading an album by a band whose fan bulletin board they're posting on--how ironic.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:46 PM   #96
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Interesting.

I'm dreading the release based on statements made from various parties close to the band because it seems like they're chasing "relevancy", whatever that means, and lots of radio airplay.

I'll reserve judgment until actually listening to the album, but I don't have a lot of optimism over its quality.

Even fans are able to cringe at the possibility of a mediocre effort. I hope I'm wrong, though.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:50 PM   #97
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Yeah, that's my take on the "dread" over it. (Although I'm more optimistic.)

And the "hipster" label is bullshit. Sorry.


*assuming that by "hipster" she meant the musical interpretation of the label .... if she meant it some other way, then I have no idea what "hipster" is supposed to imply here, and I'd still call it bullshit.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #98
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I'll reserve judgment until actually listening to the album,
Well, you don't really have a choice here, do you? Even if you felt like not reserving judgement, what exactly would you judge? We don't even have lame-ass Zapruder beach clips to pore over incessantly.

I probably have my own head stuck up my ass, and lord knows I'm no optimist, but.....I'm a gigantic U2 fan and I just have a hard time dreading any new material from them. Are my expectations dampened due to their recent output? Of course. But, even my least favorite albums of theirs have a gem or two (or three), so I cannot help but to be anything but excited over the prospects of new material, no matter what's being said by them or their camp, etc. If I buy it, listen to it, and find that it sucks, well, that'll be a bummer but dread a new album by a band I love? Just makes no sense to me, and, I'm not speaking directly to you here, BoMac.

And, yes, the U2 bashing on this board used to be kinda funny because it felt like tough love, for lack of a more accurate term...but now it just feels like the thing to do, and I don't get it. I don't know if "hipster" is the appropriate term but constantly going out of your way to mock a band on a web site dedicated to fans of said band is lame.
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I'm just at a stage where I'd be perfectly fine with not hearing a single new note from U2 again. I didn't like their choices over the last 10 years, their chase of "relevancy", state of Bono's voice and most importantly - I was underwhelmed by the music, specifically by its longevity and its staying power - namely the lack of those.

My disappointment over the 360 tour in general was the single event that really separated me from U2, since the live component always had a key role in my love for the band. I still very much enjoy listening to the old albums and concerts here and there, but there's so much music in the world that is still to be discovered and that is yet to come that I find it completely senseless to get excited for new music by a 35-year-old band, where the last truly great song in my mind was written twelve years and more than three albums ago. Plus I'm really, really annoyed by them, and I think all the mocking being done here is somewhat deserved, starting from that ridiculous Songs of Ascent/multiple albums fiasco, their constant absurd over-analyzing (reports how they had done around 100 mixes of a song like Breathe) in order to stay "relevant", Spider-Man bullshit, David Guetta etc.

If I end up liking the new record, excellent. Danger Mouse has done some great work with The Black Keys so it may turn out to sound fresh. But I really think the time has passed for me and these Irish blokes in terms of some heavy, nerdy fandom. That's just the way it is. Apologies if somebody is annoyed by this, but I'll finish this rant on a positive note - I enjoy this part of the forum since it gives me an opportunity to discuss, but more importantly discover new music. Just not by U2 at the moment.
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I liked NLOTH, and I think Danger Mouse is a pretty good producer. I'm dreading the bitching about the music more than I am the music itself.
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I agree that dread is probably not an accurate term to describe my feelings over the new album.
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I'm ambivalent towards it. Dreading is too big of an emotion to be frank.
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There's nothing annoying about liking the band less, or not at all. And some of the mocking is certainly well deserved, and I've contributed to it at times. I think it's the bevy of inorganic mocking that strikes me as....odd. But maybe I'm old and cranky, who the fuck knows.

One thing I don't understand about your post is the part about all the undiscovered new music being connected to you U2 excitement level. I fail to see what one thing has to do with the other. I try to listen to as much new music as possible, and like you, use this forum as a vehicle for that....but, how or why would listening to new music impact my looking forward to an album release from U2, since it happens once every 4 years o so? That makes no sense to me. The rest of your post does, for the little (nothing) that will be worth to you.
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I'm ambivalent towards it. Dreading is too big of an emotion to be frank.
This. There is too much good music to get worked up in either direction. The album will be a curio and likely nothing more for me. But I'd love it if they prove me wrong.
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I'd really like to see The Edge step his game up on the next album. Hoping for Bono to get better lyrically makes little sense; it's not his fault he's uninspired. He's a happily married, succesful man in his 50s who has lived a very full life. But The Edge was the weak link on NLOTH, which may be a first in band history. He needs to find a new angle. I don't know what the answer is. But he's the biggest question mark going into this album for me. He's the Andrew Bynum's knees of the next U2 album. Let's hope he doesn't go bowling.
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