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Old 04-23-2015, 01:54 AM   #316
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:11 AM   #318
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The Great Beyond is also .... well, great.
I've never understood the love for this song. It suffers from post-2000 Bono's habit of cramming too many syllables into the lines, as if it was written separate from the music.

I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there


The flow is terrible.

This is what happens when a poet like Stipe goes into a song with a specific subject/intent in mind, instead of letting it come naturally. Also the reference to Man On The Moon is a little on-the-nose.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:20 AM   #319
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I could have sworn you didn't like be mine. I could have sworn I read a lengthy post you'd written about not liking it for some reasons I can't exactly recall, and I could have sworn I tried to argue its merits. I like that song a lot. Maybe I just agreed with you, and due to the rarity of us having similar opinions on things I probably just assumed otherwise.
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Nope, it's been one of my favs on that album from day 1, and I've always had to defend it against naysayers. The whole guitar part is celestial.

At least Thom Yorke agrees with us.
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It's Bittersweet Me that Laz has mentioned not liking. And I don't blame him, that song is a clusterfuck, but it has its moments.
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Bittersweet Me is okay, but it's a little too "generic rock," like Bang and Blame.

Wake Up Bomb kicks ten kinds of ass.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:16 PM   #324
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Ok, I doubt I defended that one.

Celestial is a good description. One word that does it better than luxuriously simple, driving guitar part that if there was a guitar part I'd want to crawl inside of, curl up in, wrap up in like a blanket. Which is sort of a douchey description of anything. But it was what I was going to say. Nah, we'll just go with celestial.
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Wake Up Bomb kicks ten kinds of ass.

It certainly does, although it follows how the west was won weirdly. The first three songs on that album kind of flow poorly, but new test leper is too good for me to care about its equally dramatic shift.
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It's Bittersweet Me that Laz has mentioned not liking. And I don't blame him, that song is a clusterfuck, but it has its moments.
Another poor choice for a single. Especially considering what else is on there.

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Bittersweet Me is okay, but it's a little too "generic rock," like Bang and Blame.

Wake Up Bomb kicks ten kinds of ass.
B&B is the exact song I would classify it with. The chorus is fine (good guitar). I can't even remember the verses right now.

Also, cue El Mel anti-Wake Up Bomb post in 5...4...3...

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Ok, I doubt I defended that one.

Celestial is a good description. One word that does it better than luxuriously simple, driving guitar part that if there was a guitar part I'd want to crawl inside of, curl up in, wrap up in like a blanket. Which is sort of a douchey description of anything. But it was what I was going to say. Nah, we'll just go with celestial.
Well said. It gives me all the feels, as the young'uns say.
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I fully expect that if I ever end up in the same space with Laz, he'll have Wake Up Bomb ready to go.

Replace me with ShuttlecockGirl and it would be a literal bomb.
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Old 04-23-2015, 06:54 PM   #328
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Decided to bring Green along in the car today. Is there anyone who actually likes The Wrong Child? Unmemorable melody, slightly annoying plink-plink mandolin or whatever the fuck that is, and than that "IT'S OOOKKKAYAAAYYYYEEEE!!!" from Stipe which might be the single most grating moment of his career. Yes, Cori, even more than "COO-WELLLL!!" from the live versions of ITEOTWAWKI (AIFF).

As much as I dislike Ignoreland, this is worse. My vote for worst pre-2000 track.

The rest of the album, ehh. Three truly great songs (You Are The Everything, World Leader Pretend, Orange Crush), a few disposably shallow bubblegum songs (Stand, Pop Song 89, Get Up), inferior remake of Finest Worksong (Turn You Inside Out), and then a few decent songs left over.

A major drop in quality from Document, and none of the fresh directions or creative arrangements of Out Of Time. Even if that one isn't consistent song-wise either.
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I'm with you on The Wrong Child.

I like the pop songs, but realize they are extremely slight. And I looooove I Remember California. The untitled track at the end is lovely and charming.

I like Hairshirt as well - not that it's great by any stretch, but I love it as an intro into where they were going with their sound, what with all that mandolin and all.
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The mandolin is also in You Are The Everything, with much better results, and definitely points the way to Out Of Time/Automatic. They aren't that far apart musically and Hairshirt sounds like a primitive dry run.

Forgot about (Untitled), and that's definitely one of my favorites on there.
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