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Old 02-09-2006, 09:58 AM   #1
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POLL - 'One' at the Grammys

Honestly, what did you think?
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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Don't like it. Not one bit.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:07 AM   #3
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I have it on tape, haven't actually watched it yet, but I can only imagine how awesome and ground-breaking the performance is.

Always willing to cut it down after further viewing, but I wouldn't want to go with the flow and popular opinion here...I guess most seem to think it "madspit" blew.

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Old 02-09-2006, 10:20 AM   #4
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i thoroughly enjoyed it
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:21 AM   #5
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No.


Just...no.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:25 AM   #6
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I thought Mary butchered it! Reaction though outside this forum seems very postivie.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:43 AM   #7
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It was interesting to hear it that way but overall I thought she kind of took over the song and ran away with it towards the end. I was hoping Bono would get back into it more. One time hearing it was enough for me.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:47 AM   #8
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I thought it was good but honestly I prefer when U2 when perform it alone.
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i didn't like last night's performance, but i loved the shelter from the storm and the MSG performances.
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bonos voice was crap...ok performance though
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:54 AM   #11
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I do prefer it done alone and definately in concert. I love the one video in the bar, but then again I am quite biased as a Bono fanatic.
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:20 AM   #12
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i cannot stand it with her
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:33 AM   #14
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I thought it was good but honestly I prefer when U2 when perform it alone.
exactly what I think
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:39 AM   #15
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I liked it a lot better when I saw it at MSG last fall.

I think a lot of people who aren't diehards liked it because it's U2 "anthem" and hearing it done different was refreshing.

I would have preferred it had it been just the boys, or another song altogether, like Original of the Species.
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Didn't like it.

I much prefer it performed by just U2. MJB is amazing on her own, but in my opinion, she made an incredible song sound not so incredible.

It still is awesome to see them play live, no matter what.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:46 PM   #17
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I like U2's interpretation of the song better. It's less about theatrics and more about sincerity. I think if the band keeps letting MJB sing it publicly, it will actually hurt the song.
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If I'm being honest... I don't really care for the Mary J Blige version of One. It's just too over the top.

I'd rather it just be U2 singing it, but what can you do?
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:08 PM   #19
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I'm not a fan of it, but I have to say that I appreciate an artist like MJB singing this and making some exclusively R&B fans exposed to U2. It is a cross-over that only futher secures U2's immortality.
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Thought it sucked.

And I'm kind of tired of people saying that those of us who don't like it are simply resistant to change. Give me a new version/arrangement/etc. and I'll decide if I like it or not based on my own personal tastes. I can think a new arrangement is good even if it's not the original---if I think the performance, etc., is actually good.

One is powerful because it's like Edge's music in general----it has this slow, dry, electric build in intensity that just barely gets you to the climax by the end, leaving your whole body energized & wanting more. You can change it a little....throw in some vocal acrobatics...sure...it can still be good. But when you simply belt a dozen extra notes and writhe your body and scrunch up your face-----that kills the power of One. Premature ejaculation, if you will.

Listen to Johnny Cash's version of One. Different genre. Different arrangement. Kick ass version. An understated yet emotional performance--matching the intended power of the song. Imagine an old, old Johnny Cash..in his final years...singing it. I'm not a country fan, just like I'm not an R&B fan....but Johnny Cash was able to recognize and keep the power in One. MJB jumped the gun in power and ended up stripping it all away.

Here's the Cash version: http://www.save file.com/files/8664334
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