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Old 09-29-2004, 08:40 PM   #81
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I loved the ABOY leak, I thought it was great and serious potential. And then I read it has some of his most confessional lyrics to date, dammm....cant wait.

Also, the Chilli Peppers are one of my favorite bands and my one beef with them is that they always put 16-17 tracks on an album and guess what, only about 10-11 are worth the cut. Dont get me wrong, those 11 are amazing, but the rest are album fillers. As long as the quality is there, who cares?? Led Zeppelin IV had like 8 tracks on it, I think its safe to say thats a classic?
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Yes, although I think RHCP's By The Way is one of the best albums I've heard in the last 5 or 6 years, there are a handful of tracks that could be "trimmed".

Just saying, in theory, I'd like to have 14 tracks, an hour of music. But I guess it runs the possibilty of dilluting the integrity of the album itself. Not that I am even griping, just making an opinion, or a comment.

I like the fact that NME, notoriously snobbish to anything remotely mainstream, wrote a pretty good review of it. I am not sure they gave ATYCLB that high of a mark. I can dig that up on metacritic, possibly.

Miracle Drug, City of Blinding Lights, All Because of You and OOTSpecies=dying to hear these based on the descriptions.

Methinks, and this is surely a guess that ABOY ends up rocking harder than Vertigo.
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from the leak, ABOY sounds rather WHO-ish to me. Thats the kind of rock I want! Agree that "By the Way" is one of their top albums. Maybe not B.S.S. Magik, but I think as they get older, their music is getting better as a whole.
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Rock album of the Year - U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Album of the Year - U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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Old 09-29-2004, 10:12 PM   #85
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I'm MUCH prefer to have an album of 11 great tracks and then 6 good b-sides (like JT) rather than have all 17 tracks on the album and no b-sides.

1. I enjoy the anticipation of getting new songs every 3 months for a year
2. I can always make my own compilation of the 17 tracks at the end
3. Fans who are less die-hard than me can get a great (classic) 11 track album and won't consider it to have filler. and it will probably sell more because of better reviews.
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So do you reckon they still have a physical copy of the CD in their offices or would it be returned to universal?

If they do a leak is bound to happen
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We will not see a leak until at most 2 weeks before the album is due. There are 2 copies in the country. Security is very high around the copies because a leak will cost millions!
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The first full review!

All songs sound exciting.
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Interesting that it ends "those looking for the classic U2 sound". What else could we be looking for?

U2 have always sought to tap into the first swirling undercurrents of whatever is bubbling up out there. And for the first time, I can say that in America at least, nothing exciting has been happening musically. There aren't any great new sounds out there, there's no "movement." At the time when AB came out grunge was all the rage (punk finally hitting America 20 yrs late) but it was the newly commerical hip-hop that the band tapped into. Of course by the time the album hit hip-hop had begun to cross over, but for the guitar-oriented bands of the time this was big news.

So now who do we have today? Just a bunch of bands White Stripes etc rehashing old blues, with a bit of hip-hoppy stuff thrown in. The most "revlutionary" thing out there right now is probably Modest Mouse, and AB went where they're going 12 yrs ago. What is there currently left to tap into? Em is no longer even new. MAybe the only thing left is for the band to "show" all these current acts how it's REALLY done.

This is why I really hope Edge answers my question!!! It had to do with why the band chose this "raw" kind of sound for this album. Was it a timing thing etc.

EDGE, DON'T CHICKEN OUT!! Answer my question prettyPLEASE!? (with ice cream and Dime Bar chucks on the top!)
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Interesting that it ends "those looking for the classic U2 sound". What else could we be looking for?

U2 have always sought to tap into the first swirling undercurrents of whatever is bubbling up out there. And for the first time, I can say that in America at least, nothing exciting has been happening musically. There aren't any great new sounds out there, there's no "movement." At the time when AB came out grunge was all the rage (punk finally hitting America 20 yrs late) but it was the newly commerical hip-hop that the band tapped into. Of course by the time the album hit hip-hop had begun to cross over, but for the guitar-oriented bands of the time this was big news.

So now who do we have today? Just a bunch of bands White Stripes etc rehashing old blues, with a bit of hip-hoppy stuff thrown in. The most "revlutionary" thing out there right now is probably Modest Mouse, and AB went where they're going 12 yrs ago. What is there currently left to tap into? Em is no longer even new. MAybe the only thing left is for the band to "show" all these current acts how it's REALLY done.

This is why I really hope Edge answers my question!!! It had to do with why the band chose this "raw" kind of sound for this album. Was it a timing thing etc.

EDGE, DON'T CHICKEN OUT!! Answer my question prettyPLEASE!? (with ice cream and Dime Bar chucks on the top!)
Modest Mouse = The Cure, for the most part....
i dont really think there's anything revolutionary going on in the music industry today....
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I was afraid this new album will be exactly was it will be, but now waiting is over...

DREAM IS OVER
( John Lennon, 1970 )
um... are you like in touch with some very very special people who have given you a copy of the album to listen to? have you actually heard it yet?
no? thought not
so how about you hold your little horses down and wait till it comes out before you start saying "i told you so..." and "dream is over" and bollocks like that

if you dont want rock and ballads, i can suggest some wonderful beethoven syphonies for you to try or maybe some dutch trance
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HTDAAB's first review

don't know whether this is new for you or not (i've checked just the first page of this section and i couldn't see any thread regarding this) anyway zooitalia reported that NME has already reviewed the album...here's the review:

'It's one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, is set to be
one of the biggest-selling and NME has heard it first: it's U2's new album 'How
to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'. There are only two copies in the country but we
got our hands on one of them.

The album, the band's 11th studio collection, is the follow-up to 2000's 'All
That You Can't Leave Behind' and is an all-guns-blazing-guitar album produced by Steve Lillywhite (sp?). Because of a security lapse in the summer when a
CD containing the record was lost or stolen from a photo session in France,
security around the album is tight. However, NME managed to pull some strings to
get a sneak preiew of an unmastered copy.

Out on November 22, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' is direct, loud and
often heavier than their previous album, with a couple of songs big enough to
shake stadiums. The first taste will come in the form of a single, 'Vertigo',
released on November 8, but until then here's NME's exclusive track-by-track
guide to the record.

'Vertigo' (3:07)
The first single, and as you'd expect, it's a corker. 'Vertigo' features a
riff from The Edge as big as 'Beautiful Day', perfectly complementing Bono's
cries of "Feeeel!" throughout the chorus. "Hello, hello, we're in a place called
vertigo", he sings. It's an anthem, probable Number One single and an
electrifying opening to the album.

'Miracle Drug' (3:54)
After the punky 'Vertigo', 'Miracle Drug' is much slower but still heavy.
"Want to trip inside your head/Spend the day there", Bono croons. It's a love
song with tribal drums and a massive guitar-led chorus. Could be a single.

'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own' (5:02)
After two all-out rock numbers, 'Sometimes....' is the first ballad. Backed
by simple chiming guitar and drums reminiscent of 'Where The Streets Have No
Name', Bono sings "You don't have to put up a fight/You don't always have to be
right....let me take some of the punches for you tonight". The feel is a lot
like REM's 'Everybody Hurts'.

'Love and Peace or Else' (4:47)
An industrial growl and host of Nine Inch Nails-style noises hide Bono's
whispering intro, before the song evolves into a clapalong, glammy chorus "Give me
love and peace", Bono sings. It's the first hint of his political side, with
references in to "troops on the ground". A thumping bassline makes it all
sound a bit like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

'City of Blinding Lights' (5:44)
The second Big Stadium moment. Pretty piano opens the song, which sounds like
an updated 'With or Without You', Bono's in reflective mood, singing, "The
more you see, the less you know".

'All Because of You' (3:37)
'Achtung Baby'-era guitars back one of Bono's most confessional songs ever.
"I'm not broke but you can see the cracks", he sings. The lyrics suggest that
he may walk the corridors of the UN, meet with Presidents and be able to call
the Pope on his mobile, but sometimes he'd just like to be simple old Paul
Hewson.

'A Man and a Woman' (4:25)
If the first half of the record is direct, simple rock, from here on in it
gets more chilled. 'A Man and a Woman' is the last of the straight-ahead rock
numbers dealing with similar themes of lost love.

'Crumbs From Your Table' (4:57)
Compared to 'Vertigo' and 'All Because of You', 'Crumbs...' is one of the
more understated songs on the album. Could probably have been a B-side.

'One Step Closer' (3:50)
An ambient-sounding track their old producer Brian Eno would have been proud
of is the stand-out song on the second half of 'How to Dismantle...'. Bono's
dejected, or in his words has "crossed the road from hope", but is resigned to
his fate. "A heart that hurts is a heart that beats", he sings. It'll be the
lighters-in-the-air moment on next year's stadium tour.

'Original of the Species' (4:33)
In keeping with the calmer mood of the second half of the album,
'Original...' has subtle, cinematic strings backing a pretty piano. It builds into an epic
ballad which is classic U2.

'Yahweh' (4:20)
The title is the transliteration of the Hebrew word for the name of God, so
it's appropriate what the closing song is a plea for peace. "Take these hands,
don't make a fist", Bono sings, "take this mouth, give it a kiss".

'Fast Cars' (bonus track)
Unlikely to appear on the UK version of the album, this track is currently
slated for inclusion on the Japanese pressing only. That's a tragedy for UK U2
fans as it's by far the most exciting song here. With a distinct Middle Eastern
influence in the music, it's also where the line 'How to Dismantle an Atomic
Bomb' comes from. NME says: put this track on the UK album!

NME verdict:
For fans looks for that classic U2 sound, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'
is well worth the wait. Some strong tracks - particularly on the early part of
the album - guarantee this will be a massive-selling record and will set them
up for some monster live shows next year.'

good review, isn't it? and if i'm not wrong NME's never been too kind with U2
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