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Old 09-15-2018, 01:32 PM   #341
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Don't want to see U2 go 'back to RAWK'. That phase is over and I just don't think people would take it seriously.


Given their stage of the career something spiritual, meditative and introspective would be nice, however unlikely. But we know they love to knock it out of the park live and I don't think they'd be prepared to work on something where they weren't prepared to consider 'how would we perform this live'.
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:20 PM   #342
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The next album will be like all other albums since 2000. It’ll sound like 21st century U2, with a few different colors sprinkled in.
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What’s next? Bono doing press in 2027 for the The Joshua Tree 40th Anniversary Tour.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:32 PM   #344
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Albeit with a guitarist who seems to have lost interest in making big sounds. I wish the real Mr Edge would reappear one day.
I disagree with this a little, in that there are several moments on a couple albums you include (ATYCLB and the stuff from MDH) where he goes pretty big and dramatic. In fact, it may have surpassed any guitar bits on the two albums that preceded it, excepting "Gone", " Discotheque", and "Please". That said, the last two albums are tonal trainwrecks at times and Edge is wholly absent. Unlike NLOTH, where I sensed that confusion in the direction and production was to blame, on these last two it seems like a choice was made. I find it odd.
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this is the real modern rock
So ripping off Joy Division, Psychedelic Furs, and The National is "modern rock" and cutting edge now? Kewl.
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“Influenced by” I think is a more adult way of putting that.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:25 AM   #347
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fine if you hated it I guess you can check this out:

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Old 09-17-2018, 08:53 PM   #350
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fine if you hated it I guess you can check this out:

I didn't hate it, in fact it's right up my alley, it's just that I think it's hysterical that publications and critics like Pitchfork go gaga for or worship acts like GVF and others while overlooking their blatant lack of imagination or invention. Meanwhile, everyone from U2 to Lenny Kravitz to Eminem are roasted for "adopting familiar sounds" or borrowing from producer X or Y. Yet these same artists inspired many of the younger artists they now love.

There are acts like St. Vincent, Arcade Fire, or The National, where I hear obvious inspirations but it is more homage than imitation, and mixed with new twists and production that makes it their own. Then there are acts like GVF, Wolfmother, and even modern Coldplay, where there is nothing going on besides pure regurgitation of a singular sound without bringing anything new to bear.
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P4k never talked about GVF. its just that more mainstream rock audience free from indie hipsters like ourselves are hyping them up.
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Thanks for posting these clips, really made my morning a lot more enjoyable!!
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That said, the last two albums are tonal trainwrecks at times and Edge is wholly absent. Unlike NLOTH, where I sensed that confusion in the direction and production was to blame, on these last two it seems like a choice was made. I find it odd.
For sure it was an explicit choice. U2 with an awol Edge sound sterile and hollow to me. There are a few brief guitar moments on SOE which is why I rate it higher than SOI but neither has a single song that is defined and underscored by Edge in the way that U2 is famous for.

Assuming it was an artistic decision rather than Edge simply being done with bothering to play then I hope it is something they don’t continue with in future.
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Thanks for posting these clips, really made my morning a lot more enjoyable!!
I can probably post more clips like these, world of rock is seemingly gigantic yet people claim that rock's innovation is dead
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cool bands don't have to be overly challenging, you know
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https://www.independent.ie/entertain...-37473857.html

great interview.. briefest of mentions RE: new material being played with, while on tour. But they also clearly plan on taking a good long break after the tour ends.

I'd guess recording starts in 2020, at earliest. album 3-4 years after..
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If they take a longer break than usual, there won't be an album in 3 or 4 years. Make it 6 or 7 years by their standards.
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great interview.. briefest of mentions RE: new material being played with, while on tour. But they also clearly plan on taking a good long break after the tour ends.

I'd guess recording starts in 2020, at earliest. album 3-4 years after..
If they're not touring in between occasionally than you might as well stick a fork in them if that's the time line
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Yeah, if they're still hung up on relevance, you can't disappear for that long.

Maybe Bono will show up on some embarrassing collabs with current pop stars...if they're even interested.

Think about an alternate timeline where the band released SOE in late 2016/early 2017 and are able to capitalize on Bono's Kendrick Lamar feature, instead of that awfulness we eventually saw on the Grammys. Or mixes Summer of Love so you can actually hear Lady Gaga singing.
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Imagine if the song that became American Soul was actually a jazzy little ditty more in line with what we heard on XXX.
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