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Old 09-06-2017, 08:38 AM   #151
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Why is the last chorus so short? Why the low-key drumming to start out the first 2 choruses? Why are Edge's vocals treated so dry?

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Old 09-06-2017, 08:39 AM   #152
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This is one of those moments where I'm kinda glad I don't know chit about chorus, melody, harmony, production, overproduction, tempo and so forth.

I like it.. is it great, maybe not.

But an interesting vibe and some nice couplets --- couplets are a thing right?

It will be interesting to see how the non-Interference universe responds to the song.

I hope they play it in Kansas City next week -- a safe venue cuz if it bombs nobody will really notice .

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Old 09-06-2017, 08:39 AM   #153
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And how the hell is this getting more hate than the miracle did?
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Last minute mix; not a good idea. I miss the bounce in the beach clip.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #155
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Did the band talk to Dave or anyone on the radio?
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #157
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I will withhold judgement until I listen more. I loved the Blackout and Little Things. I was expecting the same as anyone else from TBT- a pop/rock song that would be pretty U2 by numbers. So that being said, the knee jerk hate is mindblowing. This is definitely not U2 by numbers- it surprised me in a good way throughout. Threw a few curveballs in there for this long time U2 fan. Give this a chance , people. If I was surprised at how it came out and heard some new things, there will still be people in the general public who go "whoa, that's U2?!" Not as many as the blackout but still.

Also, the plodding complaints are overblown. It doesn't rip along like Out of Control or Electric Co or the Fly but it's not supposed to.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #158
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Jesus guys are we even listening to the same song?

I heard Blackout like 30 times already and I can't even recall the chorus atm. This melody is almost perfect - I agree the production is a little fuzzled but let's not get carried away, there is no way Blackout should've been the first single over the most catchy melody they've written in over a decade.

Also re: best thing that ever happened a boy - ever heard of poetic licence?
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Weakest part for me once again is Bono.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:41 AM   #160
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I literally had The Blackout on repeat for about 2.5 hours when it was first released and did not get tired of it. It made me really excited for the album and I honestly believe could've been a surprise hit for them. I've listened to The Best Thing now 4 times and I'm over it. The chorus is terrible and the outro sucks. The verses are pretty good even if the lyrics are meh. Honestly had I not heard The Little Things and The Blackout already this would have lowered my expectations and excitement for the album big time. This song is completely forgettable. It's not bad enough to drum up hate land it's not good enough to drum up excitement. It's completely throw away and will be forgotten before we even know it. People will see it as U2 coasting in their old age. The Blackout is fresh and exciting. This is anything but.

Anyways... that's all I got.
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And how the hell is this getting more hate than the miracle did?

Its worse....
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:42 AM   #162
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I've listened twice. I like it. Husband likes it. My four-year-old loved it. Lol.

I don't have much analysis, other than I don't think the first line is creepy. I think it's about her masking her emotional pain. Been there, done that.

And "ever happen a boy is lame." Is that confirmed? Any chance it's two words squished?

I need to listen more, but I certainly don't think it's garbage.
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And how the hell is this getting more hate than the miracle did?
Or boots? Its far more superior maybe over produced a litle but still great song that reminds me of my soul mate, my girl
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:42 AM   #164
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I think about the Usenet discussions about The Fly being the worst thing ever, and the end of U2. I will wait before I move to defcon-4.
Yeah no. Achtung was fundamentally a new and surprising chapter in U2's discography, while this is another page from an overlong chapter of mundanity. I thought perhaps things were looking up with Blackout, but Best Thing gives little cause for optimism.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:43 AM   #165
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The more I listen to it the more I like the juxtaposition of the changes in the song which to me is interesting and new ground for the boys. Still very very catchy and I think mainstream radio is going to eat this up, already seeing a lot of positive reaction on YouTube

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