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Old 08-30-2017, 11:47 AM   #181
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Don't want to cloud Interference with extra negativity so I will only say that I'm having to come to terms with U2 not being able to offer me much any more.

Without Eno and Lanois, U2 in their 50s have become the band of GOYB, except un-ironically now. Very very odd to have witnessed.

Certain parts of the song are not bad.
U2 might be a shadow of their past glory, but this song is not the clumsy copy-and-paste job of Boots.

I expected something lame like Boots/Miracle, or something unoffensive but unexciting like Invisible, so I'm pleasantly surprised it outdoes those. Bono's probably the weak link. The rest of the band are on form, especially Adam.
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
"And as for Bono, he needs a colostomy bag for his mouth."

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Old 08-30-2017, 11:49 AM   #182
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It's nothing earth shattering but it's definitely surpassed my expectations. It has a genuine, unforced swagger that we haven't seen from them in a long time imo.
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That intro is just... making me smile. I love it.
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Is it just me or does the very beginning call back to Zoo Station?
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:51 AM   #185
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A bit yes, but in a way no. But yes. And no. Love it though.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:52 AM   #186
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:52 AM   #187
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Is edge using the same guitar as electric co?
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It's not bad. It certainly doesn't seem like a classic though and you would think after they have spent a good part of the last three to five years recording this album, we would get something a bit better. Doesn't have the wow factor.
Nah it has the wow factor. Read the reactions.
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Is it just me or does the very beginning call back to Zoo Station?
Very Zoo Station-meets-Magnificent.

Anyway, it's nearly 3am - and I'm glad I stayed up. Enjoy repeating it excessively (or not), folks.
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Is edge using the same guitar as electric co?
It's the goldtop Gibson it seems.
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Rolling Stone finally mentioned the song. I was beginning to think something happened to Jann Wenner.

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My first listen was after panicking because I closed my Facebook account and with a baby crying in my lap, so not a good first listen. Now I've heard it a couple times and I like it, specially the beginning and the soft ohhh ohhh ohh ohhhs. I want to be able to buy it or stream it today! Excited
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Bono's probably the weak link. The rest of the band are on form, especially Adam.
Yes, I agree. The more I learn the lyrics, the more I'll have to ignore his words and focus on the sound of the band. It really is a great sound too.
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They could spend 20 years recording an album and there'd still be people who wouldn't be crazy about the songs. See also: Chinese Democracy.
Chinese Democracy is an absolute mess of an album with awful production zero direction and just loaded with awful songs. There's a few ok songs but the critics of CD are not just bitter jaded people longing for the good ol' days. The album for the most part sucks. Hard to compare.
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Thanks everyone. Full lyrics:
Good lyrics, inspired verses.
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Best song since No Line On The Horizon.
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Thanks everyone. Full lyrics:

A dinosaur wonders why it still walks the Earth, yeah
A meteor promises it's not gonna hurt, yeah
Earthquakes always happen when you're in bed, Fred
The house shakes
Maybe it was something I said, Ned

Go easy on me
Easy on me, brother
Go easy on me
Easy on me now

When the lights go out
Throw yourself about
The darkness where you learn to see
When the lights go out
Don't you ever doubt
The light that we can really be

Statues fall and democracy is flat on its back, Jack
We had it all, and what we had is not coming back, Zach
A big mouth says the people they don't want to be free, for free
A blackout is just an extinction event, we see

Go easy on me
Easy on me, brother
Go easy on me
Easy on me now

When the lights go out
Throw yourself about
The darkness where you learn to see
When the lights go out
Don't you ever doubt
The light that we can really be

When the lights go out
Oh, oh
When the lights go out
Oh, oh
When the lights go out

When the lights go out
Blackout, it's clear
Who you are will appear
Blackout, no fear
So glad that we are all still here

When the lights go out
Hmmm

Maybe it's a song about getting shit on after the Apple release.
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Love the song. Only thing I don't like, is that Bono should not have round glasses singing this.
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more bass please......
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It's nothing earth shattering but it's definitely surpassed my expectations. It has a genuine, unforced swagger that we haven't seen from them in a long time imo.
There's such a groovy swagger to it in a natural way. I don't think anyone would quite expect a U2 song to sound like this and (I think) that's a good thing.

It's very fresh and modern sounding in a time where new rock doesn't really have much of a sonic identity.

And keep in mind everyone- this is just the tease for the album/lead single. I'm excited!
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