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Old 09-06-2017, 08:17 AM   #76
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6/10 for me. The Blackout sounds a better song.

Production better than SOI though.
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Will listen on headphones before I get too down on it - just baffled about them removing the best bits in the song. The pre-chorus is impotent, and if they want radio play, they can't plod like that.
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I need to listed to this more than 1x but my very first impression:

Not good.

Ax is right, it's all over the place and sounds almost like a jam session there is so much going on. I really liked the Blackout after the first listen and there were elements of that tune that kept me going back to it but this....I didn't get that feeling of "I need more".


I'll listen to this all day and by the end of the day I should have a proper assessment.
Yeah, Blackout made me want to listen again to be sure that I really did enjoy it on its merits and that this wasn't the buzz of "oooh new U2!" I played it four times straight and dug it.

Best Thing made me want to listen again just to make sure I was justified in slagging it off. And yes, after four listens, so very yes it deserves a right slagging.
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Edge;s riff at the beginning of the 'solo' bit used to underlay the chorus, and it sounded so much better.


Much more better, even.
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Disappointed. I think I even prefer the Kygo version. This is what happened when youre unconfident and mess around with a mix too much. WTH?!
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I didn't think this would be what SoE would sound like at all.
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Oh man. Havent heard it yet but the reactions dont seem auspicious. I am excited by The Blackout and TLTTGYA and wasnt expecting much from TBT but was still excited because... new music.

Well, I'll listen to it as soon as I can get away from my desk and pesky coworkers
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God damn, I didn't expect this from you guys.

I absolutely abhorred the Kygo mix.

I actually quite like this.
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I guess this is where to post this:

Well at the risk of people thinking I made up my mind before hearing it, I'd say my prediction was spot on unfortunately. No idea what they were thinking by having that the lead single over The Blackout. It makes zero sense. On one hand you've got a fresh, up tempo rock, dance hybrid song that doesn't sound anything like what you'd expect U2 to sound like in 2016 and on the other hand you have this safe, almost uninspired, paint by numbers, meh adult contemporary type song. Is it a bad song? No. Is it a good song? Ummm.... no. It's just a song. It's absolutely B-side material compared to The Blackout and The Little Things, which would have also made a much better first single. I don't get them.
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You're the Best Thing About Me - Song Discussion

Edge's verse is pure bliss. I love it. A little overproduced, but I don't care, it's a great melody and their best single since Vertigo IMO. I just got married a week ago though, so I might be biased
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The second chorus is better. The chugga guitar saves it
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Love Blackout, not so much Best thing....yet.

Blackout wins, hands down.
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Its like the song could be great but the production is messed up!
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Dang, once again.

It could have been great...the elements were there.

Cut and paste time.

I like parts, though...especially Edge's riff at 1:10...
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Interesting that the part Kygo featured maybe most, the "You move me to the Edge" bit, has entirely disappeared.

Wonder if that's what got replaced with the Edge singing "I can see you..." part, which sounds to these ears like a copy and paste "maybe it'll fit this song, idk" job.

Ryan Tedder wins again -- one step closer to total mastery of terrible 2010s pop rock.
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