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Old 10-20-2004, 09:56 AM   #1
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Anyone else like/not hate THTBA?

I really don't think "The Hands that Built America" was such a bad song. I think putting it on the Best of was a bad move, but it doesn't make me dislike the song in and of itself. I absolutely loved "Gangs of New York", though, and that may have something to do with it. Anyway, I think this is one of those songs where mood and sentiment are what make the song more than the lyrics. Also, the soundtrack version pisses all over the Best of version.

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I that song

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Old 10-20-2004, 10:15 AM   #3
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there are VERY FEW U2 songs that i don't like, and this is definitely not one of them
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Soundtrack version is definitely the best - I can't believe they let the horrific off-key version be played along with the video they made for it
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I think that's one of U2's poorest songs. The first time I heard I thought the band must have been given some kind of checklist for Oscar-winning songs. It was so over-the-top and formulaic. Even though I spent the day after the Oscars with a bunch of U2 fans who were talking about how the band got robbed, I was glad Eminem won, his song was fantastic and U2's was really poor. Hopefully there's still time for U2 to write a complete fantastic soundtrack cut with enough wide appeal to garner another Oscar nod and, maybe even, win.
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:23 AM   #7
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I think it's beautiful.
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I don't care for it, but it's not horrible. I agree that it shouldn't have been on the Best Of. There were much better choices.

*cough* The Fly *cough*
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good enough for b-side
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i really really didn't like the film (though i like m.scorsese very much, so i was disappointed a lot) and the song was the only thing about it that i considered as v. good. i think it's great
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Unfortunately, I think this song might be the only crap song U2 ever recorded. Seriously, although there are many U2 songs that are just ok and not mind-blowing, this one is probably the only one I would qualify as 'bad'.

I also felt they shouldn't have won an Oscar for this, and I wasn't surprised when Eminem got it instead. I agree his song was way better! THTBA is the most boring, commercial song they've ever released. It got me slightly worried about the direction they were taking musically when I first heard it... Fortunately, the new songs are nothing like that!
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:38 AM   #12
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another song about america. no offense americans, i'm just tired of hearing bono sing about you guys all the time.

not to mention the music is really uninspired.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:48 AM   #13
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It's a good song, Bono shines vocally. I'd rather have it on the Best Of than on the new record.
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eehhh... it's certainly not my favourite, to say the least.
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Old 10-20-2004, 12:04 PM   #15
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Originally posted by bonosloveslave
Soundtrack version is definitely the best
Bingo--I didn't really like the song until I got the soundtrack version.
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I really don't like it.
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Everybody talks about the worse song this the worse song that...I thought it was common consensus that 'Red Light' was the bottom of the U2 barrel...
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Old 10-20-2004, 02:33 PM   #19
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I really like THTBA I thought it was perfect over the end of the gave me goosebumps!
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Originally posted by Squishy Peanut
I really like THTBA I thought it was perfect over the end of the gave me goosebumps!
that movie was perverted, i stopped watching about 2/3 through because it was all topless women in every scene after the halfway point...

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