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Old 02-21-2014, 08:37 PM   #391
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Top 10 depressing albums that inadvertently make me feel better after I finish listening to them:

1. Joni Mitchell - Blue
2. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
3. Arcade Fire - Funeral
4. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
5. Tom Waits - Closing Time
6. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
7. U2 - Achtung Baby
8. The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
9. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
10. Love - Forever Changes
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:47 PM   #392
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Pet Sounds is depressing?
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:13 PM   #393
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OK Computer is one of your fav albums of all time no? That shit's depressing as fuck.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:16 PM   #394
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Pet Sounds is depressing?
I think so. I figure that's why it flopped when it came out. Here Today, I Just Wasn't Made For These Times and Caroline No are overtly depressing, plus themes of romantic uncertainty and insecurity are all over the album. Even God Only Knows has a sense of pessimism about it. It's one of the most personal albums I can think of.

And hey, this guy on the internet agrees with me!

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OK Computer is one of your fav albums of all time no? That shit's depressing as fuck.
Yeah, but I still feel like shit when it's over. There's some catharsis right at the very end, but...
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There's a great lyric from Kurt Vile's album that talks about that. "Feeling bad... In the best way..."
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:48 PM   #396
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I picked Achtung for U2, but ATYCLB could work as well. If there's one thing I really, really like about ATYCLB, something that sets it apart, it's that it does a terrific job of balancing really depressing scenarios with uplifting arrangements. It's comforting. It became the 9/11 album for a reason. It's not terribly complex, but that album makes me feel like a million bucks sometimes. I've had some awful days when I've really wanted to hear it.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:52 AM   #397
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That's why I'll always care for the album more than most. I can't think of any other album that makes me feel as positive, I don't care if people shit on it for being simple or bland or whatever. Means a hell of a lot to me.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:44 PM   #398
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I heard Stuck on the radio for the first time in quite a whole, the other day. It was a weird listen for me, like I was hearing the lyrics for the very first time, or something. Just got me really emotional, thinking about the fact that it's not a vague song, that he's singing directly to a friend.

That album is always going to be very special to me, I'm so very glad it exists.
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There's a great lyric from Kurt Vile's album that talks about that. "Feeling bad... In the best way..."
Happy free confused and lonely in the best way.
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Old 09-05-2014, 04:41 PM   #400
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My top five post punk era U2 songs (I'll define it as before Unforgettable Fire):

5. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock I don't pretend to know what the hell this song is about, but the guitar work is among Edge's best from this era, especially in the transition from the mechanical lead riff to that ferocious post-punk breakdown toward the end of the song. The rhythm section is in fine form as well, giving this track a punch that few other early tracks match.

4. Tomorrow Later heart-on-sleeve songs like Sometimes You Can't Make It wish they had as much resonance as this gem. The build from the violins to the stampeding outro is paced brilliantly, and Bono's impressionistic lyrics ("there's a black car parked at the side of the road") capture a young man's fear and grief convincingly. It's a damn shame they abandoned the style of this and Drowning Man so early in their career.

3. Cry / Electric Co. Blistering guitar work from Edge sets this track apart, and in the early live versions the amateurishness is endearing: just four guys rocking out with barely any pretension.

2. Like a Song... A mission statement for the early years - the sense of song as a mandate for change - delivered with as much fire as the band has ever mustered; hell, even Larry sounds like he's going to split the drums. The stinging guitar tone complements the urgent pace and vocal delivery beautifully.

1. New Year's Day This one track embodies everything that made U2 great: the passion, the rawness, the sense of unity in the face of conflict. And even with all the rhetoric about looking for hits, they have rarely surpassed this song's infectiousness.
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Nice inclusion of Tomorrow. Vastly underrated. Wish I could see New Year's Day as something other than overrated and overplayed, but it's exactly a song like that I have in mind any time I say I don't like U2 anymore.
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That's scary. My list would be exactly the same.
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Good list. I'd sub in IWF for Electric Co. (never truly connected with Electric Co.), and I'd toss on Out Of Control, Stories For Boys, Gloria, SBS, and Two Hearts for a nice little top 10 there.

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Old 09-07-2014, 11:50 AM   #405
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I'd personally put Sunday Bloody Sunday, Drowning Man, Rejoice, Another Time Another Place (such an underrated song - Edge's guitar solo and Bono's random mix of Bongolese and German are fantastic) and October (although Twilight could creep in as well) to round up the top 10.
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