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Old 03-09-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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New album discussion: After despair comes acceptance

Or flying rocks, or flame throwers, or fandom abandonment, resigned decision to patiently save for next tour or satisfaction that U2 will never (never ever) release what they think is a less than stellar album. Take yer pick.

There is no news on the horizon. Speculate about reasons for the delay or forecast what will happen when news will someday, presumably, appear. Onward.
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I'm curious whether their imagination of a stellar album will be reflected in the fans reaction.
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I'm so over it. No amount of bleating will change what they are going to do. Life moves on.
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You did see that my tongue was in my cheek on that title, right?
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Hopefully this thread doesn't have as many lengthy deep thought posts I could care less about. I don't care about your feelings.

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Yep, terra keeps turning. Why am I still here interference? But seriously, there's a lot of good music out there. I'm addicted to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
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There's some magic out there. Go hunt it.

 
You can even feel Paul Epworth in it.
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Yep, terra keeps turning. Why am I still here interference? But seriously, there's a lot of good music out there. I'm addicted to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
I hope you're kidding.

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Well, at least they're working on two albums... according to Bono.

Eh, who knows?
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I'm dead serious. That is one great tune.
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They'll have spent as much time on this next record as they did on Boy, October, War, and the Unforgettable Fire. And maybe Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum by the time it comes out, if it does. I think one of them will quit before the album is "finished," and that'll be it.
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You did see that my tongue was in my cheek on that title, right?
I assumed you would probably realize that I was just stating my opinion in general of the ranting and raving going on in the previous thread.

Not, you know, responding directly to you. Like this.

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Confession: I never cared about your feelings either. It was all a big lie. I especially don't care what bloody mobile device you happen to be posting from this week.

 
 
 
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I guess I missed some kind of news, announcement, or non-announcement, or whatever.

Anyone care to fill me in?
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We should all say that we're dying in the next year to see if this speeds up the process.

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For whatever reason, they seem paralyzed at the prospect of releasing an album. Fine. Just indulge us with a six track EP (they have seven finished songs, right?) and a (farewell) tour, and that'll be fine by me. What I absolutely cannot stand any longer is "cockteaser U2" which is really all they've been this decade. We want to be great, we want to be relevant, we want the sun to shine out of our butt-holes. The next time Bono says one of those things, someone just slap him around the face with a wet trout. Maybe that'll give him the message, eh?
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this should be the new album title, assuming it is a double album
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I assumed you would probably realize that I was just stating my opinion in general of the ranting and raving going on in the previous thread.

Not, you know, responding directly to you. Like this.

S'okay. I'm still feeling a little sensitive about the whole thing. Though I did try to stay well out of that thread once the news broke. Holy smoke.
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There are new reports that the new album was on board the missing plane. Hopefully Eloise will help us find the island in efforts to recover the album.

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Good AtU2 post:

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There are currently 3 or 4 threads about the same things...the delay, pr disaster, etc. Everyone is chiming in with wither disgust and anger (frustration is understandable, but it's up to them to take on the consequences of the delay. so many "marketing experts" that know what's best for the band and their "relevancy.")

The band is not four morons. Guy Oseary is no fool. They know the details inside the camp. Maybe the band is holding on by a thread, so allow them the chance to sort it out. Maybe they are so close to a great album(s), so let them get there. Maybe this is their "Collapse Into Now" (sorry for all of the REM analogies lately, but they fit.) So, they want to go out big.

Yes, more albums would keep them more visible and "relevant" (like Coldplay), or maybe what Bono means by relevancy is different than popularity. They don't need to establish their name, but they need to be sure that each album they put out maintains their legacy (even if it's 5-10 years). I feel too many people on here who are having a fit, are in a spot where they need their investment in this band to be proven. They need their knowledge of birthdays and back stories...the international tour travels...to be justified. Don't be defined by your fan expertise. Even the band is made up of four individuals with their own things going on. They've lost relationships and so forth, and now, maybe they try to balance or switch things up more.

As a creative person, I know how it is to feel you've created something brilliant--while you are in the heat of the bubble. After a good night's sleep, with a fresh mind, you see what you created, instead of what you imagined. There's body dysmorphia...and the pressures on the band could have them second-guessing what they've created or what they've intended. The process has almost broken them up several times, and that was when they had more drive and inertia. Being in the band isn't as essential anymore. They are rich and famous. Let them chill out, sort it out, and get it together on their own terms.

Yes, it's fine to try and predict. Yes, it's fine to suggest what they need to do. It's great to try and put a voice to the collective hopes of the fans...but we are outside of the walls. Despite all of the research and U2 books that one can read, that doesn't put us in the recording studio or in their bedrooms.

In summary. I'm happy with 3/4ths of No Line. It's a much better sounding album than Bomb. I don't believe the guys are washed up. I would love a double album, but I suspect it's double in the old sense of 12 songs/45 minutes. In the days of CDs, it went to double that. With digital, it could be presented any possible way. They talked about presenting the next album in a non-traditional way, and I believe Guy could help with that. I am a fan of Dangermouse and PLEASE, understand the difference between ONE DIRECTION and ONE REPUBLIC (who they are working with now. That collaboration doesn't excite me, (but neither did Michael W Smith)...and people keep complaining about one DIRECTION (the boy band.)

In summary, I have hopes and expectations, but I have to have other things in my life besides this band. As an artist, I want people to appreciate my work. I'm flattered when someone I admire "gets it"...but I also think the fan thing is creepy (unless you crave attention.) Critique more, obsess less.
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Exactly! That post was one of the most sad things I've ever read. If you're dying, being with your family will be more important than a U2 concert. Secondly, when you're dead it's not like you'll remember anything about anything including the U2 songs you did hear. If he believes in a heaven then surely in heaven he'll get to listen to all the U2 albums (including the ones that were never made).
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