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Old 12-04-2017, 03:20 AM   #1
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Shuttlecock XX - Laz Is All You Have Left

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Does anyone hear The xx in Red Flag Day? Good ol'Pitchfork.

Other than that, I agree with the sentiment of their review even though I enjoy the album a lot more.
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So, who wants to read a review?
I'm good...
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:12 AM   #6
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https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums...of-experience/

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It’s one thing to fail when you’re phoning it in: You leave hope that you could pull it off if only you tried. It’s quite another to fail when you’re giving it everything.
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Me, I want to read your review! Welcome back.
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So after repeated listens throughout the weekend, the album has marginally improved for me, but not to the level that I can say I really enjoy it. But it’s not the worst thing ever, either.

The Blackout and Little Things are probably my favorites at the moment, although the former would work better on SOI. I also like Lights Of Home but it definitely doesn’t go well where it is - the other version does indeed fit better there.

The middle trio of Summer of Love, Red Flag Day, and The Showman is pleasant enough, and I do like that they sound a bit looser during that stretch, but those tracks feel like they could have been part of a separate EP instead.

Get Out Of Your Own Way and American Soul are awful.

I agree with others that Book Of Your Heart is a good track deserving of a better fate, although Bono’s vocal is too far up in the mix, more so than usual.

The liner notes are cool, and the artwork is great.

At this stage of U2’s career, if we get a couple of good tunes here and there, I’ll take it. At the same time, it’s a bit frustrating because you know they still have it in them to put it all together across an entire album. They just can’t get out of their own way to do it.
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Pitchfork stole my use of "portmanteau."

Also, the claim that Red Flag Day sounds like the xx and Get Out sounds like Arcade Fire are LOL.
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Get the feeling most people slagging on Get Out are the same type who really ragged on Crazy Tonight back in those days. Which is perfectly fine of course. I happen to really respond pleasantly to both songs - easy, melodic, pleasant, kind of dumb but catchy stuff.
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Pitchfork stole my use of "portmanteau."

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You should sue.
No way that's a coincidence.
There aren't 2 people in this world who have that word in their vocabulary.
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My biggest issue with Get Out of Your Own Way is that musically it is so similar to Beautiful Day. It sounds like when they rip off existing songs for commercials by switching them just enough to avoid legal issues.
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Pretty disappointed by the quality of the Pitchfork review, where they once again talk more about the band's history and place in 2017 than they do about the actual content. Since they didn't have a review on release day, I thought there would be a little more consideration. Like, maybe reading Bono's liner notes? I didn't see any mention of the album's thematics or the conceit of the songs being letters written to loved ones. That doesn't automatically make it a great album, but if you're going to talk about a band trying too hard to poor results, at least make it clear you know what they were trying for in the first place.

It's also disingenuous to call Red Flag Day an homage to The Xx, when many U2 fans have been drawing a line to War (though perhaps not as strong a line as many here believe). It's certainly reminiscent of their past. Having said all that, 5.3 is a full point higher than SOI and it could have been worse. But I was hoping they'd see through to the level of quality here and embrace the pop music they celebrate so often from younger artists and put it over 6.0. Whatever. The band didn't do themselves any favors in their promotion of the album by pushing its three worst tracks ahead of release. It's enough to sour any reviewer just as forcing an album onto everyone's phones with no warning would.

Conversely, this piece written by some suburban mom is perhaps the best thing I've seen written on the band in years. The writer is a longtime fan who clearly knows her stuff, but she's not some drooling sycophant like you see in...other places. Someone who knows that the band doesn't always put their best foot forward.

Anyway, it's really worth a read:

What No One Else Will Tell You About the New U2 Album
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Pitchfork stole my use of "portmanteau."

Also, the claim that Red Flag Day sounds like the xx and Get Out sounds like Arcade Fire are LOL.
I don't quite get the xx and Arcade Fire parallels I just don't hear that.
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