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Old 05-05-2015, 10:08 AM   #1
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Songs of Innocence - Album Discussion Pt.3

Continue. General discussion about the album.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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Listened to the album for the first time in a while yesterday and I'm still really enjoying it. No change in narrative for me... still the most "consistent" album they've put out in a long time, but it doesn't reach the high highs of the 3 albums of the 2000's.

Top 3 songs are Iris, Raised By Wolves, and Sleep Like a Baby. Crystal Ballroom should be on the album and that would replace RBW.

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The more I listen to it the more Invisible should have taken the place on the album and California should go out. Still consider it the best work since AB even if there is not a huge single.

Top 3 early on were Iris, California and Volcano. Now it's Iris, Cedarwood road and Raised by wolves - the Dublin trio is the heart of the album.
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I don't agree that California should "go out". I think if anything it's misplaced on the track listing.


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California's one of the best songs on the album. I'd give Song For Someone the boot for Invisible.

If Invisible were on the album, there would be enough on the album that I loved to probably even put the album higher in my rankings.
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Why drop any song? 12 isn't excessively long.


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Why drop any song? 12 isn't excessively long.


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Good point. Thought provoking and gripping.


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Why drop any song? 12 isn't excessively long.
Because I want to drop the one song I actively dislike.
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Because I want to drop the one song I actively dislike.

That means NLOTH would only be an EP for me.
But if I had to make space for Invisible and TCB, I'd drop SFS or Sleep Like A Baby in a heartbeat.


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But this one goes to 11
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Why drop any song? 12 isn't excessively long.


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And 10 is a nice round number.

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Wish Invisible radio edit and Crystal Ballroom were on the album now!


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I wish they never released Crystal Ballroom at all,
then it would be even better!!!


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Still haven't heard that track lol. Seems it got quite a lot of opposing reviews.
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Still haven't heard that track lol. Seems it got quite a lot of opposing reviews.

Seriously??? It's pretty awesome.


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Yeah I haven't actually bought the album yet. I've been meaning to do that, but yeah, couldn't be arsed yet. Eventually I will though, can't have an incomplete U2 collection.
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Yeah I haven't actually bought the album yet. I've been meaning to do that, but yeah, couldn't be arsed yet. Eventually I will though, can't have an incomplete U2 collection.

Just listen on YouTube - I'd love to hear your reaction


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Songs of Innocence - Album Discussion Pt.3

I have such a twisted relationship with SFS.

I totally nod along with all the hate I read for it in here, and when I'm not listening to it and that song crosses my mind, which is not often, I'm all like, "boo! hiss! that song sux!"

But when I actually do hear it, usually by accident, which is how most people "experience" SOI, I find it rather emotionally affecting because it is gentle and tender and he sings it so beautifully.

I still hate the galloping horses guitar "solo" though.
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I think SFS is beautiful apart from the "this is a sooooooong, a soooooooooong for someone" line. Which I just don't like.
And even no guitar solo at all might have been better.
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I still hate the galloping horses guitar "solo" though.
don't forget the trademark "YEAH YEAH YEAH"s over it as well.

There is something about the last set of lines that I like though...

I don't think its going to be half as bad live as many are predicting. Although honestly I can't think of many U2 songs that don't improve even slightly in a live setting.
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