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Old 10-23-2001, 08:02 AM   #1
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ATYCLB - a year later...

So now itīs about one year since the album came out and time to give it some thought.

Do you still like/dislike the ablum as you did a year ago, do you have different fav songs, do you still feel the same when you listen to ATYCLB????

To me, the album is just getting better and better. For the first 3 months after it came out, there was nothing else on my cd player than ATYCLB. I then needed to get some some distance and quit listening to it for a while, just to rediscover it again for the tour.

I must say, most of the songs I liked straight away are still my favourites. Walk on and In a little while are definately classics and will be known as some of the best u2 tunes of all times.

And there are other songs like Kite, that I did not like at all in the beginning, but now after a year or so I get into the songs. The reason for this might be that Bono dedicates this song to his father. The whole songīs contence has changed (at least to me)

Any thoughts on that??

BTW - I still donīt like Wild Honey, but i guess I have to live with that.

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Old 10-23-2001, 08:25 AM   #2
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Originally posted by AM:
So now itīs about one year since the album came out and time to give it some thought.
To me, the album is just getting better and better.

For the first 3 months after it came out, there was nothing else on my cd player than ATYCLB.
I still can't get it out of my CD player...

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Old 10-23-2001, 08:26 AM   #3
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mmm, for the past month I've been listening to this album at least 4 times every week (that's more than I've ever spend listening to one artist in a month) and I agree that this album keeps growing (even though it was already in my top 3 favourite U2-albums a month after it's release)

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It's hard to believe it's been a year! As much as that beautiful album meant to me when I first heard it, it means so much more now. Many of the songs have grown on me and others have taken on special meaning. I love it MORE!!!!

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I have similar feelings, I just can't comprehend though.

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Old 10-23-2001, 08:32 AM   #6
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Walk On and Beautiful Day have already in my top 10. ATYCLB is certainly my second favourite just below Zooropa...

I didn't like In a Little While, Wild Honey in the beginning. But after this whole year, I started to 'get' the song. 'Peace on Earth' means so much more after this year too.

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I would not say ATYCLB rapt my attention since it came out, but I've been listening to it lately -- POE certainly turned it around for me!

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I definitely still listen to it- very hard to believe it's only been a year! Some songs you feel like you've known your entire life.

I will always have a weekness for Stuck. That was the first song I ever heard off the album, live from BBC. It just was AmaZing! Walk On is my very favorite though. After reading Achtung_Bebe's (i believe) analysis of NY i love that one too...I wasn't sure if I like BD when it first came out, I'll admit. But this past summer I couldn't get enough of it.

Adam said they had to put "Wild Honey" on the album or else people would be slitting their wrists after listening to the album! To lighten things up, I guess! But anywhere Bono sings "you turn me on" is a go in my book

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It's amazing - every song is a masterpiece except Grace - this doesn't happen very often in albums. This is one of U2's best ever, and the songs live are amazing too. The only song I got sick for a while was Kite, and I re-discovered it. This album is amazing. Album of the year indeed, in U2's top 3

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ATYCLB didn't leave my stereo until
I obviously listen to it less then I did before. It has definately changed meanings for me. When it came out last year I was in a funk from a bad breakup (as in doing nothing but smoking, crying, eating, watching tv, and avoiding my friends--NO guy is worth that...I've learned).

Kite was the song that instantly blew me away
when I first listened to the album, so it's a pretty special song to me.

Beautiful Day helped me learn the error of my ways (yeah, fuck him) and helped me get out of my depression. Walk On also stuck out for me, as did In a Little While, New York, and of course, Elevation.

POE and WILATW I enjoyed, but I've become much more appreciative of them now...Stuck is a good song, but not one of my favorites.
And I still skip Grace...

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At first, I didn't realize just how great it is. I didn't like POE, I didn't really get into Walk On(I know, I know...) But now, it feels like a warm fuzzy robe right out of the dryer-the comfortable one you reach for when you want to relax and not think about newer stuff and what you think of it.

I love it!!

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Loved it then, love it now.

Walk On and PoE remain my favourites, although I like elevation better after seeing it live and ialw has grown big time on me. The album has grown in stature, meaning, maturity and value over the past year - maybe because we've all grown up.

But I still don't get Wild Honey
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The last four songs have much more relevance than they did a year ago. To me, it sounds better than it did last year....


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When it first came out, I hesitated to call it a "classic" because I felt it needed some time to settle before that kind of statement could be made.

A year later I think it is safe to say that this album will be known as one of U2's best ever. Sure, it leans a bit more toward the adult contemporary/mainstream feel than they have in the past, but I don't mind that a bit. I guess they are growing up, and so am I. The nice thing is that it still has it's really rocking moments too, so it still feels new and fresh.

I remember immediately liking BD, Walk On, Elevation, New York and Kite. Songs that have really grown on me are IALW, WH, and Stuck. I still don't like Grace; it does have a cool message and some pretty thoughtful lyrics; but it just doesn't keep my interest much at all. I usually skip it, but it doesn't take away from the album at all. I would have to agree with Rolling Stone's original assessment that this album is truly U2's "third masterpiece" after JT and AB.
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I like ATYCLB a lot better now than I did originally now that all the songs have had time to grow on me. I think seeing most of the songs performed live helps too. I originally didn't like New York at all, but now I love it! ATYCLB is really a great album- I still can't get into Grace, though.
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It's incredible that they decided to dump the irony right before the terrorist attacks. Now in America they're saying irony will be dead for the next couple years, and it's uncanny how well All That You Can't Leave Behind anticipated that.
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Old 10-23-2001, 05:34 PM   #17
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When I first got the cd last Christmas, I was dissapointed by it. I thought it had too many slow songs, and I wanted more faster paced songs like Elevation and Beautiful Day. I did like Walk On and Peace On Earth immediately, but the rest of the album I couldn't get into. I absolutely hated Stuck In A Moment.

For the next 6 months I barely listened to the album. I had just bought Achtung Baby in Nov., and was still overwhelmed by that masterpiece of an album. Then I went to see U2 in June in NJ and once I saw the songs off the new album played live, it changed a lot for me. Kite live is just so much better. And then when Stuck In A Moment got released as a single with the new football game video, I finally liked that song too, and now I can't believe that I once didn't like the song. Then with the terrorism attacks, and the heavy radio and video airplay that U2's songs were getting, the rest of the album then clicked with me. Only songs I still don't really listen to are Wild Honey and Grace. I'd say ATYCLB is my 3rd favorite U2 album, with Joshua Tree at #2 and Achtung Baby at #1.

Just recently I got hooked on the Pop album too. I got it last year and hated it, and now I really like it, but I still don't like the songs Miami and Playboy Mansion.

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Old 10-23-2001, 05:41 PM   #18
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it was quite a year wasn't it? for the world, and for the band. the album still sounds as new and as fresh to me as it did when i first heard it all the way through. one year ago.

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Just played it on my car Cd player today, and I never get tired of listening to it. In fact it's always in my player!!!!
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Originally posted by U2girl:
hard to say: on one hand, there's the amazing trio of Stuck/Walk on/Kite, and on the other hand, there's the lovely In a little while/Wild honey duo.
How about the Stuck/Walk On/Kite/In a Little While/Wild Honey quintet?

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