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Old 12-06-2017, 07:28 PM   #91
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Landlady is the only song on the album that I can't remember anything about musically. Not surprised writers keep forgetting about it.
Well it doesn't have a rhythm section for most of it, and when it does come in it's very subtle. Edge is really just sketching around the vocal; this is totally Bono's show. And he really delivers one of his great performances. "She takes me up to the stars/I'm weightless" is gorgeous.

He went out of his way not to be too sentimental and I think he nailed it.
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Its in my top 12.
Landlady hints at the off-putting corniness of Original of the Species while equalling the breakneck speed and edge-of-your-seat excitement of Grace.

It's definitely among the top 200 most enthralling U2 tracks.
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Well it doesn't have a rhythm section for most of it, and when it does come in it's very subtle. Edge is really just sketching around the vocal; this is totally Bono's show. And he really delivers one of his great performances. "She takes me up to the stars/I'm weightless" is gorgeous.



He went out of his way not to be too sentimental and I think he nailed it.


This. I love it in the same way I love One Step Closer and Sleep Like A Baby. A great mellow track without cheesing it up too much.
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I'm definitely surprised Landlady isn't more popular. Aside from the cumbersome analogy of Ali to a landlady, it's not shabby. The ending is one of the best parts of the album.
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Landlady hints at the off-putting corniness of Original of the Species while equalling the breakneck speed and edge-of-your-seat excitement of Grace.

It's definitely among the top 200 most enthralling U2 tracks.
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Landlady hints at the off-putting corniness of Original of the Species while equalling the breakneck speed and edge-of-your-seat excitement of Grace.

It's definitely among the top 200 most enthralling U2 tracks.


but also fuck you i like grace
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Right back at the beginning, [then-day-to-day manager Brian Celler] took me out for dinner and said, "There's this track called 'The Little Things That Give You Away,'" and he basically just read a list of the world's top producers -- Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse -- who have had a go at it. He said, "The band knows there is a great song in there and if you can get this off the ideas table, then you've done something that none of these other producers could." So that became my personal mission. Although quite a few of us worked on it, Jolyon and myself really shaped that track. It's got that Lamb kind of shape to it. The way it goes up the gears and explodes at the end.
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I'm definitely surprised Landlady isn't more popular. Aside from the cumbersome analogy of Ali to a landlady, it's not shabby. The ending is one of the best parts of the album.


I’m with you on this one. I think it’s one of Bono’s finer vocals on the album, and that ending is sublime.
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Count me as another who considers landlady the highlight of the album
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Yeah, I think the chorus of Landlady is pretty memorable. I also like the guitar melody, even if it’s palm muted.
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Wish somebody would palm-mute Bono.
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Wish somebody would palm-mute Bono.
I wonder just how much charisma/gravitas the guy has in person. Listening to Howard Stern I was waiting for him to show some level of sass to Bono. Ask a particularly awkward question, or call him out on a wishy washy answer.
But he just fawned over him. Perhaps that's the Bono effect. No one tells him no cause they turn to marshmallow around him.
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Also, Landlady is my fave track on the album. Best melody, most sympathetic guitar. Good lyric. It's a subtle song, but so were Stay and Running to Stand Still and Promenade.
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Even if Landlady were musically up to scratch and captured any of the the magic of those aforementioned tracks (all recorded with Eno nearby), it's still full of bad lyrics.

"Every magic potion
Every false emotion
How unswerving our devotion
To the lies we know are almost true
Every sweet confusion
Every grand illusion
I will win and call it losing
If the prize is not for you"

If these lyrics were from a Bon Jovi ballad, would anyone bat an eye? Honestly.
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You single out those lines as being Bon Jovi-esque?

Mate, it's harder to name something from the last decade that would NOT sound out of place as a Bon Jovi lyric.
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