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Old 10-20-2002, 06:56 PM   #1
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Big Grin God, This Is Why I Love This Band...

Listening to 'Hands' right now (that's what it should have been called ), and, yes, it's abundantly clear: this is the same band that wrote 'Heartland', 'October', 'Running To Stand Still', and 'The Unforgettable Fire' all those many, many years ago. This is why I love this band. They still have the ability to reach so deep down that you realize that they can't really go there all the time. If they did, you would implode! (That's got to be the worst thing I've ever written.)

Seriously, just listen to the intro of this new, beautiful, EPIC, song. Can Bono sound any more like Bono than he does here? The chord arrangement is classic, in the true sense of the word - meaning it is classic not because it reminds you of classic U2, but because it is classic U2. It's something we haven't heard before, but we can immediately feel something other-wordly, something that only U2 has really tapped into (for me). It's very distinct to U2 and, here, with 'Hands', they've done it again.

This is the best U2 song since 'Miss Sarajevo' - and it might actually be better. Could it be the best U2 song since 'Stay'? It might just be.

This will go down with 'Miss Sarajevo', 'Running To Stand Still', and 'The Unforgettable Fire' as one of the most evocative and serious pieces of music the band has ever created. And to think so many of us thought the band didn't have it in them anymore. I love it when U2 proves us wrong. They are full of surprises, lots of surprises...
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Old 10-20-2002, 07:09 PM   #2
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Sorry Michael dont agree.
Its an ok song at best to me.
Miss Sarajevo
Heartland
UF
are
much much better songs..

But thats ok my opinion is mine and yours is different from mine- thats ok too..

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EStorm is much much better..
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Old 10-20-2002, 07:16 PM   #3
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Sorry Michael dont agree.
Its an ok song at best to me.
Miss Sarajevo
Heartland
UF
are
much much better songs..

But thats ok my opinion is mine and yours is different from mine- thats ok too..

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EStorm is much much better..
Well, keep in mind that both of our opinions are unfair. We've only heard 'Hands' a few times (at least in my case), where as (I'm sure we can speak for the both of us here) we've heard the afformentioned songs hundreds and hundreds of times - over a number of years. That's hardly a fair playing field.

Who knows, maybe I'll absolutely detest 'Hands' after a few months. And who knows, after a few years , maybe you'll love it.

I hated 'One' the first time I heard it. Now it's my favourite U2 song of all time. I had a similar response with 'Bad' (now in my top 5). I loved 'Elevation' when I first heard it (it was my favourite on the album). Now, it's the only track on ATYCLB that I skip. Time can make or break a song.
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"hands" is a great song, I said that last night

and I like "electrical storm" too
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Im with you Michael. Hands is so beautiful, full of imagery...its getting better and better...each time I listen. Im really moved by this song, the intro brings tears to my eyes. Bono sounds so passionate, awesome. Only U2 could write a song like this.
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I've just listened to Hands about 6 times, and while I was one of the ones who dismissed it back over the summer (from that small 10 second clip) I really like it now. I listened to it and ES back to back at one point to figure out which I liked more, and this one came out on top.

I think the songs you mentioned are way better than this, Michael, but it's a great song all the same.
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I think the songs you mentioned are way better than this, Michael, but it's a great song all the same.
Give it time, give it time...
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Re: God, This Is Why I Love This Band...

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Listening to 'Hands' right now (that's what it should have been called ), and, yes, it's abundantly clear: this is the same band that wrote 'Heartland', 'October', 'Running To Stand Still', and 'The Unforgettable Fire' all those many, many years ago. This is why I love this band. They still have the ability to reach so deep down that you realize that they can't really go there all the time. If they did, you would implode! (That's got to be the worst thing I've ever written.)

Seriously, just listen to the intro of this new, beautiful, EPIC, song. Can Bono sound any more like Bono than he does here? The chord arrangement is classic, in the true sense of the word - meaning it is classic not because it reminds you of classic U2, but because it is classic U2. It's something we haven't heard before, but we can immediately feel something other-wordly, something that only U2 has really tapped into (for me). It's very distinct to U2 and, here, with 'Hands', they've done it again.

This is the best U2 song since 'Miss Sarajevo' - and it might actually be better. Could it be the best U2 song since 'Stay'? It might just be.

This will go down with 'Miss Sarajevo', 'Running To Stand Still', and 'The Unforgettable Fire' as one of the most evocative and serious pieces of music the band has ever created. And to think so many of us thought the band didn't have it in them anymore. I love it when U2 proves us wrong. They are full of surprises, lots of surprises...
Well put and I 100% agree. Huzzah.
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I actually agree with diamond.
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I actually agree with diamond.
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I actually agree with diamond.
I actually disagree with both of you.
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I actually disagree with both of you.

Well, I disagree with everyone!
Take that!
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For those that know.. does the intro (piano) remind you of Captive Soundtrack (either Rowena's theme or the Sinead song - can't remember which).

oh, and yeah, another U2 jewel for me to wear inside my heart. (awwwww)

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I haven't listened to Hands yet. Except for the clip from months ago, which I thought was .

I don't care for ES and I'm afraid that I won't like Hands. If I don't like two new songs in a row, well then I might actually have to gripe about U2.
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Old 10-21-2002, 12:18 PM   #15
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See its a decent song..
Thats about it..

Michael what is your fav version of ES?
Mine =Orbit remix

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Where are you guys getting this mp3 of "The Hands That Built America"....

*Angel wants to listen too!!!
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Where are you guys getting this mp3 of "The Hands That Built America"....

*Angel wants to listen too!!!
I got it fastest off of Mr Lemon's site: http://limelight.pcdome.hu/Goodies/ ,
Sicy also has it on her ftp or there are several on New Media.

It is excellent! Luvitluvitluvitluvitluvit!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Agree with everything you say, Michael Griffiths.... Amen!
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I got it fastest off of Mr Lemon's site: http://limelight.pcdome.hu/Goodies/
His site will only let me download one second of it...... Guess I have to wait until I get home.........
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Opening night at the box office across the continent, Gangs of New York sends floods of people into the streets after the automatic sprinkler systems were turned on! Apparently, when U2's Hands... began during the movie, crowds of people could not resist standing up to sway with lighters raised high in the air! One person in New York put it perfectly, "It was like being at a U2 concert!"

If this song doesn't move you, then you are obviously to heavy to be moved.
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