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Old 09-09-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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Bono's Caterwauling

I'll probably be the only one who feels like this but I'll plough on regardless

You know when you're listening to a U2 song and Bono's doing emotional? It's sounds great, you start to actually feel genuinely moved and then it starts- the caterwauling. That moment where Bono stops singing the lyrics or indeed any recognisable language and instead: "AIEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOAIEEEEEEEE. OOOOOOOOH. AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"Why? What's wrong with just singing the lyrics?! Bono's blessed with a great voice for conveying emotion. I'm sure we could all get the emotion without any 'help' from the screeching! It might not be so bad if Bono did it sparingly but it seems like he does it in nearly every bloody song and it kills it for me.

Case in point- The First Time. Wouldn't it just sound so much better without the OOOOOOOOOOAIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE bit in?
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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Re: Bono's Caterwauling

He does get over-emotional sometimes and it gets to be a bit much but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing.

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Case in point- The First Time. Wouldn't it just sound so much better without the OOOOOOOOOOAIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE bit in?
Are you talking about the falsetto at the end? I love that falsetto!
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Re: Re: Bono's Caterwauling

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He does get over-emotional sometimes and it gets to be a bit much but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing.



Are you talking about the falsetto at the end? I love that falsetto!
YES! I DESPISE THAT FALSETTO AT THE END!

(Not that I'm getting overworked about this or anything... )
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C'mon Quiet1! Bono = Falsetto. Falsetto = Bono. Don't you know this yet?
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I'm also talking about the bit at 1.34 in The First Time. It just jars me somehow. It doesn't sound right to me.
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C'mon Quiet1! Bono = Falsetto. Falsetto = Bono. Don't you know this yet?
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You're gonna make me listen to The First Time now, aren't you?!



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I The First Time, and i generally the falsetto in it, but at certain points Bono kind of sounds like Willy from Free Willy...
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I The First Time, and i generally the falsetto in it, but at certain points Bono kind of sounds like Willy from Free Willy...

Is there a "slow-clap" smiley? There really should be...

<slow clap>

~A.j.~
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hmm, you know i think i have to disagree. i think that the falsetto adds to the emotion of the song. definitely in The First Time, and especially in RTSS.
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I think that the falsetto adds to the emotion of the song. definitely in The First Time, and especially in RTSS.
I agree. Sometimes words aren't enough, but a good falsetto moan does the trick.

Seriously though, I do think it's just a way for Bono to get raw emotion across, and also a way for him to push the other members to bring out the emotion as well.
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Re: Re: Re: Bono's Caterwauling

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YES! I DESPISE THAT FALSETTO AT THE END!

(Not that I'm getting overworked about this or anything... )
Bono=Falsetto

wow , you must really hate Lemon .
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To me this is exactly what puts Bono far ahead any rock vocalist in recent memory.

Would Running to Stand Still have half of its emotional power without that moment right before "she walks through the streets..."? No, it wouldn't.

You seem to think that lyrics are the only way of expressing emotion or thought? To me there is something transcendent in Bono conveyance of these very things through his falsetto.

Another example is the end of One, where Bono takes an already powerful song and sends it into the fucking stratosphere with his falsetto at the end.

I think you're going to be in a very, very small minority on this one.
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Another example is the end of One, where Bono takes an already powerful song and sends it into the fucking stratosphere with his falsetto at the end.
That is his single greatest falsetto ever, period!
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:52 AM   #18
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That is definitely part of what I LOVE about their music. I think he can't help but do it, because he DOES go to another place when he sings, and it just pours out of him. That mixed with his lyrics and U2's music = transcendance . He's just a VERY passionate person.
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Is there a "slow-clap" smiley? There really should be...

<slow clap>

~A.j.~
Don't clap through this...

(It's more difficult than you think)
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That is his single greatest falsetto ever, period!
I take it you have never heard his scarily high and perfect falsetto on the live versions of "Can't Help Falling In Love".

Seriously, check out the version from Dublin 8/28/1993. It's mind-boggling.
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