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Old 08-21-2016, 05:18 PM   #401
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If this is the album version, I'm a little worried about the album.
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Here's something I wonder about their songwriting process: Bono comes in with a line like "every door smells like fresh paint," or something like that. Presumably a lot of people hear that line before it ever makes it to the public. Does no one question it? Hard to believe so many musicians, producers, etc all hear a line like that and say, "yep, that's the best he can possibly do."
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I often wonder that, but with regards to Muse. Did nobody stand in Matt Bellamy's way when he started singing about how "your arse belongs to me now"? Not even the other two guys playing music with him?

But to bring this back to Bono, I can't fathom how nobody stepped in and said something about Stand Up Comedy. The existence of that song continues to baffle me.

If I were, let's say, the bassist in either of the above scenarios, I sure wouldn't want to be personally associated with a song featuring such crummy lyrics.
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If I were, let's say, the bassist in either of the above scenarios, I sure wouldn't want to be personally associated with a song featuring such crummy lyrics.
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At this point, if Bono enters a room with a lyric that describes anything as being like something else, the band should tell him to go back and work on it some more. Tell him to read some better books, as he so clearly was during the 1987-93 era.
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Here's something I wonder about their songwriting process: Bono comes in with a line like "every door smells like fresh paint," or something like that. Presumably a lot of people hear that line before it ever makes it to the public. Does no one question it? Hard to believe so many musicians, producers, etc all hear a line like that and say, "yep, that's the best he can possibly do."
I was watching this yesterday (seemingly unrelated and totally random, but watch it) and it gives an interesting perspective on this particular phenomenon:



Additionally to your point... I think there is a paradox in the way U2 works. On the one hand, they're allegedly extremely self-critical, overanalysing everything they do to the point of exhaustion, hiding this behind the veil of perfectionism, but on the other hand - as soon as they come to a halt with a certain outside person who might not be a yes-man and who might be driving more critical observations (everything Danger Mouse both produced alone and from his very carefully formulated statements after the fact lead me to believe this, and this is definitely the case with Eno and No Line on the Horizon), they change the working and creative atmosphere to their liking. Maybe to surround themselves exactly with the clique that wouldn't object to Stand Up Comedy lyrics.
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The Best Thing sounds like any EDM + pop/rock singer collaboration from the past five years. Very much a Kygo ft. Bono track, if I had to guess. I doubt this is an indication of where the band as a whole is headed.

As for the song itself, I don't like it very much, but it isn't horrendous. Its biggest sin is being boring and unremarkable.
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I think it's way too early to judge the song based on a bootleg recording of a Kygo remix of the album version...well other than the fact that it has baaaaaaad lyrics.

Overall it sounds like it could be catchy which I know is important to the band. Should be interesting to see when they actually release the single. I'm sure they're tempted too now, but then it would be about a 3 month gap between the single and album which is really long.
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We don't have a confirmed album date so why are you throwing the 3-month thing around?
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We don't have a confirmed album date so why are you throwing the 3-month thing around?
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I was watching this yesterday (seemingly unrelated and totally random, but watch it) and it gives an interesting perspective on this particular phenomenon:

That's interesting...but do you think he is held in high enough regard as a lyricist that people around him just assume that what he's writing has artistic merit?
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One "I know something you don't" smirking Gabe is already one more than we need.
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Cripes, I thought that was Edge next to him, I was more worried about that to be honest...
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