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Old 12-13-2004, 10:42 AM   #1
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Original of the Species bashing thread

I'm sure i'm not the only one who finds this song cringeworthy. Cheesy synths, cheesy lyrics, horrible vocals by Bono on the chorus (as i've said b4, sounds like the man is seriously constipated while singing it). He is going for a very high register there and it sounds totally restrained and forced.
It's the worst song on this album along with Crumbs from your table. How many of you dislike this song like i do?

And for the Species lovers, what's the appeal of this song?
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Wow we're all being stuffed into groups to do with the songs we like................Where is the Love?


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This is a classic, Beatles-influenced pop song, you don't always have to re-invent the wheel to write a great tune, and I can't see anything wrong with the vocals...the chorus especially is heartfelt and soulful.
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This is a classic, Beatles-influenced pop song, you don't always have tp re-invent the wheel to write a great tune, and I can't see anything wrong with the vocals...the chorus especially is heartfelt and soulful.
Good choice of Words
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That song is amazing
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Old 12-13-2004, 11:01 AM   #7
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Beautifly crafted song, it builds almost like a childs lullaby..could almost picture him hanging over his newborn baby's cot relaying the experience's of his life..try not to grow up too quick, enjoy the innocence of youth before the harsh reality's of a fucked up world..so many young people now trying to embrace the world of celebrity that they have failed careers, marriages and addiction problems before they are out their teens.
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One thing I like is the structure, the chorus comes in unexpectedly, and the intro seems to point to a much moodier song than what it turns out to be...I like how its as if they cross-hatched three songs together to make a single masterpiece!
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Old 12-13-2004, 11:09 AM   #9
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I cant criticise Original cos its one of the best songs on the album. Maybe just the mix of the vocals should have been lower, but that can be said of the whole album. Nah, its a good song.
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Was the first song on the album other than Vertigo that gripped me right at the start and didnt let go.
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Still my favorite song from hut dab. I do think it's (1) overproduced and (2) Bono's voice does strain needlessly at certain parts.

I say it's overproduced because there are far too many sounds/instruments going on at once during the verses. I think The Edge's electric guitar, which is a highlight, is drowned out in the second verse.

Regarding Bono's voice, it does strain needlessly in the first chorus. However, the 2nd and (particularly) the 3rd choruses are hit just right. He's still singing in the upper registers but matches the emotion of the song perfectly.

The song's message is what really draws me to the song. The way Bono sings it, it's evident that he's relating to young Holly much like how he felt when he was coming of age. He knows the triumphs and pitfalls of teen-hood and perfectly conveys that in the song.
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my favourite off the bomb. it's so uplifting and joyous.

i could do without the strings and the piano, but hopefully this will be remedied on the tour (where they will play this song live, with fullout jangly guitars!).

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some good points here. Unfortunetly, I can't get past the overproduction. The strings especially. It's too done up. I still thinks it's a strong song, but in the end its one of my least favorites. After hearing that small snippet on the CBS 60 minutes special years back, and then hearing the stripped-down I-Pod performance, I had huge hopes. It's such a great song at heart, just the extras thrown on it put it at the bottom of HTDAAB. Still listen to it all the time though (also don't like the "doo doo doo" lines)
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best song on the album, one of the best theyve ever made.
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Old 12-13-2004, 11:32 AM   #15
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One of the things that really pleased me about HTDAAB was that it featured two ballads (OOTS and Sometimes) that stand up to their best ballads of the past..this was lacking in the previous two albums in my view.
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Re: Original of the Species bashing thread

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And for the Species lovers, what's the appeal of this song?
The lyrics, the melody, the voice.

True the last chorus sounds different - but it's done more emotionally, so it's not a problem - but other than that, this is - along with Sometimes... and A man and a woman - Bono's best vocal on HTDAAB.
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great more negativity how about we just bash the whole album?? oh wait there is a thread about that too lol
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and to add what i said about it being the "best" song on the album, you guys are really going out of your way now to try and get under everyones skin.
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Old 12-13-2004, 11:48 AM   #20
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Looks like U2_Guy didn't get the result he hoped for
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