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Old 12-02-2017, 12:43 AM   #201
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This album has moved me so many times today. I heard the live version of The Little Things in Vancouver and I could tell I would love it, but the lyrics in the last part of that song blew me away today. Tears were flowing as 13 came on to beautifully close out this work of art. I haven't felt this way about new U2 music for a long time. The fact this band can still move me 30+ years later like they did when I was a teenager is to me, phenomenal. I absolutely love this album, rooftop to the basement.
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The Showman is really growing on me. Fun, a little silly, catchy chorus, and the loosest they've sounded on record since... I really don't know. Lacks that little element of calculation you can hear in Vertigo and Elevation.
I thought it was goofy, but I’ve only heard it once. You’re right, though, they hardly ever sound this loose. It’s one of many ways in which this album is so different from all the others.
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Arrrggg, damn, that hurts!

but thanks
I feel you, I was at Newark airport at the time getting ready to board a flight to Iceland! Good thing I didn't see this before I left, but no use grumbling now.
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Anyone notice how the bridge in the Showman sounds like Broken Social Scene?!

It’s awesome.
Thought I was the only one thinking that! Yes, it's very cool.
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The Showman is actually really good and I’m totally digging the lyrics.

Also there’s some sweet Joshua Tree vocal stuff by Bono happening towards the end of Book if the Heart.

I just gave the album a listen through headphones and the production is just killer.
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The Showman is actually really good and I’m totally digging the lyrics.

Also there’s some sweet Joshua Tree vocal stuff by Bono happening towards the end of Book if the Heart.

I just gave the album a listen through headphones and the production is just killer.


We’ve been sitting with the album for over a week now, and I’m just enjoying it more. Agree the production is actually a highlight.
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Songs of Experience 36 - Now with 20% fewer acronyms

It’s nice to know that Andy Barlow seems to be a trusted member of the U2 camp with the live shows and production on this album. I hope he gets an expanded production role for the next album. I think he could nail it as a sole producer if he were given proper time with them in the studio over a year or so. I think he could do for them what they envisioned Danger Mouse could. I hope they take what they learned from Danger Mouse and employ Andy on an expanded role similar to his for the next effort.
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We’ve been sitting with the album for over a week now, and I’m just enjoying it more. Agree the production is actually a highlight.
Love hearing this. I've had very few chances to actually sit quietly with the headphones on and really take it all in. Feel like I've got more goodies coming my way!
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:50 AM   #210
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It’s nice to know that Andy Barlow seems to be a trusted member of the U2 camp with the live shows and production on this album. I hope he gets an expanded production role for the next album. I think he could nail it as a sole producer if he were given proper time with them in the studio over a year or so. I think he could do for them what they envisioned Danger Mouse could. I hope they take what they learned from Danger Mouse and employ Andy on an expanded role similar to his for the next effort.


I’d love to hear an album where Barlow and Declan Gaffney are joint producers in an Eno/Lanois style partnership.
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:20 AM   #211
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What are the chances that Bono was listening to that Haim song when he had his crash?
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:45 AM   #212
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I can really recommend to listen to the album with a bit more expensive surface headphones, there are alot of details in the songs that you dont hear withcommon speakers/headphones.
And the already great atmosphere in the songs gets better, a lot more emotional also.
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A few brief thoughts...

Landlady is the most ethereal melody Bono has ever sung. Gorgeous. Best song on the album for me.

What I’d give to know what happened to the awesome guitar riff and full band outro heard in Edge’s Fender Stratocaster video. That was as good a groove as Edge has had in 20 years and it’s buried in a studio somewhere. Bummer.

Such emphasis on vocal melody on the album, but sometimes I think the melody gets in the way of the music. It’s like, at times, Bono is channeling his inner Star-Spangled Banner voice and getting a tad flowery.

Overall, not sure I prefer it to SOI, but on the whole it’s fantastic. Wonder what it sounded like a year ago.
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Old 12-02-2017, 05:53 AM   #215
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"The truth can be awkward." Well, that's not exactly how Lamar pronounces it. He can't pronounce it, actually. Unable. Why put this goof on the record, sandwiched between two songs? (rhetorical) A desperate reach by U2.


Without looking at the lyrics, I always thought it was “acrid”.
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I think some of the vocal delivery in the showman harks back to raised by wolves. The way Bono's voice drops off,hard to explain but I hear it!
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Is there a quality scan of the liner notes anywhere?

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Some guy named David Axelrod (not the Obama guy) did an album called Songs Of Experience in 1969. The previous year he had Song (singular) of Innocence. Lawsuit.

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Old 12-02-2017, 07:51 AM   #219
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Have to say the liner notes by Bono are a great read. Passionate and poetic but with a sense of realism too. I would love to read his memoir one day. I think people would be surprised at how good a writer he can be. Like Springsteen. Springsteen’s book was awesome - now that man can write.


He has already released his memoirs...chapter 14 was released yesterday!!
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Some guy named David Axelrod (not the Obama guy) did an album called Songs Of Experience in 1969. The previous year he had Song (singular) of Innocence. Lawsuit.

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And Track 7 on his Songs of Experience is called “The Fly”.
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