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Old 12-09-2004, 07:33 AM   #1
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City Of Blinding Lights: Any Love Left?

A few weeks ago before the album came out and a bootlegged version of City Of Blinding Lights emerged, everyone was quick to jump over it.

"A U2 epic right up there with Streets."

"Definitely among my top three U2 songs of all time."

"So beautiful I didn't think U2 still could write a song such as this."

But then I told people that it isn't a U2 epic by any stretch of the imagination. The people started saying I was extremely negative and all.

Well, now after a few listens, do you guys honestly still think City Of Blinding Lights surpasses or at least is right up there with U2 epics the likes of Where The Streets Have No Name and Bad? Is it among your top five U2 songs of all time?

As it stands now it seems like the song isn't even on the top three for best songs in the album anymore! I've checked the past three pages of posts on this forum and hardly any City Of Blinding Lights gushing threads anymore. As a matter of fact, there seem to be more Mercy gushing threads!

So what has happened? Did the song quickly wane after a few listens? Did the COBL gushers hid back in their hole? Where are you guys now? Do you still like the song as when you first heard it?

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Old 12-09-2004, 07:41 AM   #2
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I love COBL... it's very good, but there's no space for it in my Top5. Still I think that it's one of their best songs in last decade (from Zooropa till now).
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Top 5 for me.
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Old 12-09-2004, 07:48 AM   #4
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Its a good song, but I'd have liked Mercy in its place..
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Old 12-09-2004, 07:55 AM   #5
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i was not a COBL gusher. I thought it was a great song but not up there w/ Streets.

My opinion is the same, i think COBL is wonderful but it does not have that certain magic that streets has.
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let's give it 5 years and a few hundred live performances before we can properly evaluate it. for me, the album version of bad is a pale imitation of the live version, and i only really began to appreciate the album version of streets *after* i'd been reduced to tears watching it played live.

COBL is begging to be played in a stadium. let's wait until then.
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:19 AM   #7
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I see COBL as a cousin of Walk On. Solid, but not in the epic catalogue.
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let's give it 5 years and a few hundred live performances before we can properly evaluate it. for me, the album version of bad is a pale imitation of the live version, and i only really began to appreciate the album version of streets *after* i'd been reduced to tears watching it played live.

COBL is begging to be played in a stadium. let's wait until then.
Agree. It´s up to them if it´s going to be a classic... Let´s wait for the live-versions
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:40 AM   #9
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It's better than streets
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:43 AM   #10
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Amazing and much better than I thought it's gonna be after that shitty clip... It grew on me.
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:53 AM   #11
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I listed it in my top 5 a few weeks ago, and I still would. Absolutely love the song.

Beautiful Day
All I Want Is You
City of Blinding Lights
Running To Stand Still
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:54 AM   #12
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The first time I heard COBL, I was almost crying.. but then after listening to it 500 times this magic is kinda gone, you know... the song is not bad, it´s still one of my favorite U2 songs ever, but it just can´t be as good as Mercy, for example.
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I agree with what other people have said. Mercy just has more soul. Don't get me wrong I love COBL, but I like Mercy alot better.
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:13 AM   #14
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Definately up there with Streets
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:38 AM   #16
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it was U2-lite the first time I heard it, and it's U2-lite now. It was designed to hit people quickly so that they'd buy the album. It was not designed to be a long-term classic. If it *was* it's exhibit A that U2's lost the magic.

It's a long-term classic for people who don't listen to music critically at all, I have to conclude.
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Old 12-09-2004, 09:58 AM   #17
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COBL is still my favorite song on the album. Granted, a lot of that has to do with being at the Brooklyn concert, and I will always associate this song with seeing the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges lit up and the lights of the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop for my favorite band. But I still love it.
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city of blinding lights continues to grow on me every single time i listen to it
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:05 AM   #19
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I was a COBL gusher. When the final version came out, I wasn't as "gushing" about the song as I once was. However, this song grows on me with each and every listen. I am now back to being a COBL gusher. It really is a special song.
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:15 AM   #20
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Yep its a clunker of a song, mixed in mono with an 80's guitar riff. Nope opinion the same here, its very average!
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