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Old 11-16-2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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Pop or Rock?

In my opinion U2 have always been a mixture between a popband and a rockband. Since the release of ATYCLB it seems they've become more like a pop band. Only songs like Elevation, Vertigo, LAPOE and Crumbs have a little rocking feeling, although with a poppy edge. I have nothing against real pop bands, but I just don't hope U2 will go that way. That's why I truly hope they won't go the musical direction of Window in the Skies.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:52 AM   #2
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nowadays U2 have turned (unfortunately) into a pop band.
they are on the same boring level like e.g. bon jovy, coldplay, james blunt...BANZAI i admit i don't hope they continue on the road of WITS. thats my hope, but i fear they will go further on this direction (dea-dend street).
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:18 AM   #3
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U2 are Pop-Rock
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:26 AM   #4
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:33 AM   #5
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Ironically, U2's last Rock album was POP
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Old 11-16-2006, 07:15 AM   #6
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I will say rock. Only because the world pop fills me with bad thoughts.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:56 AM   #7
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I don't think U2 sound poppy. I see their music as Art. I wouldn't know what really to classify it because I really think they have their own sound.

I would definitely NOT put them in the same category with all the junk I hear on the pop radio stations:

American Idols
Nickleback (and everyone else trying to sound like them)
Evanescence
Justin Timberlake

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Rock most definitely, pop music is generally made for the masses by record producers by picking performers and writing songs for them which they don't perform themselves, and can barely sing nowadays.

Sure ATYCLB had a feeling of popular music, but it still wasn't the most approachable, nor was it manufactured music.

Not to mention, watch them live, even on a "bad" night and say they are anything but a rock band?
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Rock most definitely, pop music is generally made for the masses by record producers by picking performers and writing songs for them which they don't perform themselves, and can barely sing nowadays.
Do you think that some rock music sounds manufactured?? I listen to the radio and I feel as though the rock genre has been infected with this new type of rock: the lyrics don't say much, the singers are terrible, and the sounds is nothimg more than blaring. I feel like a lot of "rock" musicians are now trying to portray an image and fit into this certain type of mold (I really don't know what to call it.) Perhaps it is my age, but most of it sounds the same to me.
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Ironically, U2's last Rock album was POP
Indeed very ironic...

U2 still has a more rocky side then pop. But yes they went a bit more pop lately.
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Pop music to me is the music in which its people singing over music that they are not performing with, often times, lyrics they didn't write. Include the list redhotswami gave. Rap goes there to an extent too. I think it should all be grouped into "Talentless Music."

U2 is, has been, and always will be rock. The only Pop thing they did was their act and dress during PopMart.

HTDAAB and ATYCLB don't have a pop type thing about them.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:45 PM   #12
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All Because Of You isn't pop.
New York isn't pop.
Elevation (live) isn't pop.
Vertigo isn't pop.

U2 isn't pop.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:01 PM   #13
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U2 are Pop-Rock
Pop-rock. The majority of ATYCLB & HTDAAB fall into this category, and there are scatterings of it all through their career.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:25 PM   #14
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:30 PM   #15
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Early U2 was very punk....I still think they are rock, the lyrics aren't anything like pop songs.
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