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Vertigo 1 1.79%
Miracle Drug 1 1.79%
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own 0 0%
Love and Peace or Else 4 7.14%
City of Blinding Lights 0 0%
All Because of You 5 8.93%
A Man and a Woman 3 5.36%
Crumbs from Your Table 4 7.14%
One Step Closer 19 33.93%
Original of the Species 4 7.14%
Yahweh 15 26.79%
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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Best Song Survivor: Atomic Bomb, Round One

Walk On walked on out of the contest in All That You Can't Leave Behind's final round. Thus, Beautiful Day and Kite shall represent ATYCLB in the 2000s quarterfinal. Now we move onto How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which shall also have two representatives in the 2000s quarterfinal, from eleven tracks. You have 24 hours to vote for your least favorite song, the next song to be eliminated from this contest. For anyone just joining us, rules may be found here.
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Sooooo much mediocrity. I don't know what to do here.
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OOTS is just terrible. Really horrendous lyrically and awfully saccharine musically. Bono shouts over Edge's solo for no reason, and that's one of the only redeemable parts.

I want Crumbs and AMAAW to stick around but wouldn't vote strategically for anything else here.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:36 AM   #4
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Bomb is U2 on cruise control. It's not even bad, it's a shining example of mediocrity, which is worse than bad.

There's one exceptional song on this record, City of Blinding Lights (admittedly one of 00's U2's best), a couple other halfway decent ones, and of course Vertigo, which was obviously a very big and important single for U2. The rest is just U2 muzak.

As it's difficult to say which is the worst between competing mediocrities, I regret to announce I'll be skipping voting on the Bomb round, unless I'm needed to break a tie (or force one), depending on the song.

What a massive, massive disappointment this record was.
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Bomb is U2 on cruise control. It's not even bad, it's a shining example of mediocrity, which is worse than bad.

There's one exceptional song on this record, City of Blinding Lights, a couple other decent ones, and Vertigo, which was obviously a very big and important single for U2. The rest is just U2 muzak.

As it's difficult to say which is the worst between competing mediocrities, I regret to announce I'll be skipping voting on the Bomb round, unless I'm needed to break a tie (or cause) one, depending on the song.

What a massive, massive disappointment this record was.
Pretty much.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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Yahweh, clearly... As nice as the live version was, the album version is just awful.
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Hey, a five-way tie. I can live with this.
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Yeaa, I could do without OSC, Yahweh, and OOTS.
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I'm not sure what to do here. The only move I feel strongly about is a vote to save COBL, which I doubt will be necessary.
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Why would anyone vote for A Man And A Woman?

One of the few good songs actually on this record.

Yahweh needs to go away
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I really don't think this album is as bad as many make it out to be. The songs alone are all very solid and prefer it to anything pre-Joshua Tree.

The problem with this album really comes down to the harsh, hot production, the lack of any sort of cohesiveness or theme, not to mention an attrocious running order(U2's worst ever, in my opinion). Some really great songs, but overall not a good album.

COBL and Vertigo should definitely be the top 2, with SYCMIOYO and OOTS as runner's up.

Funny, I was just looking at some old posts from 2005 where I was one of the very few arguing that ATYCLB was a better album than HTDAAB(some people were still in the OMGZNEWU2! phase)...looks like time has shifted people's opinions!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #12
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I think that Bomb is pretty good, but the band is right when they say that the sum of its parts is better than the whole. The songs themselves are good, I like all of the songs on here except for OSC, but the album as a whole just isn't cohesive. Plus the album has the worst production of any U2 record.
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The single mix of OOTS kinda saved that song.
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^ That's all very true. I. Don't flat out hate any of these songs. They're all ok. But the album seems like it was cobbled together from a bunch of leftover songs. No pun intended

Going with Yahweh, but could get behind OSC or ABOY at this point, too.
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I like OOTS.

And Crumbs. And AMAAW.
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Definitely isn't the worst song on the album, but in my opinion the song is simply too long...should not be 4 and a half minutes....cut 30 seconds out and it could keep my attention. I have the same feelings about Flower Child...great acousticy song, but way too long.

IMO it would be great if after the bridge ("brown eyed crossed the street...she was already mine"), there would be a few seconds of instrumental, cut out this section:
"little sister/ I've been sleeping in the street like a stray dog/little sister I've been trying to feel complete again/but your gone and so is god."

Instead, break into the "the soul needs a beauty for a soulmate" part/chorus/end. The "you'll see" part is fantastic...the song just gets bogged down in the section after the bridge IMO.
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I disagree. The bass line during that section of the song is my favorite moment of the entire track. After a half hour of noise, noise and more noise, hearing Adam play along with Bono is a great, subtle moment.

If you want to trim the song, feature the chorus a little less. It's the worst part of the song anyway.
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All Because Of You. It's the first to go if I'm in a mood to skip songs. Though it does feature one of Bono's great little "mixing up God and sex" lines.
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Funny, I was just looking at some old posts from 2005 where I was one of the very few arguing that ATYCLB was a better album than HTDAAB(some people were still in the OMGZNEWU2! phase)...looks like time has shifted people's opinions!
I recall browsing the fan sites back then, and there were commenters saying SYCMIOYO was as good as One (I shit you not) and there were also a fair amount of "COBL is the new Steets." When the new album hits, I'll probably stay the hell out of here for the first few months. Whenever new U2 material arrives, dissenters tend to be piled upon by bipedal sheep
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I disagree. The bass line during that section of the song is my favorite moment of the entire track. After a half hour of noise, noise and more noise, hearing Adam play along with Bono is a great, subtle moment.

If you want to trim the song, feature the chorus a little less. It's the worst part of the song anyway.
Agreed. The reason why I love the song is the bass. This and Miracle Drug are my favourites off the record.
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