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Old 09-11-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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I thought we needed a thread to discuss the album as a whole...
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Loving this album...songs I wasn't sold on first listen, are becoming my faves (TIWYCRMN and The Troubles)...excellent collection of songs!
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So U2 just surpassed Taylor Swifts album on iTunes in the U.S. - Joshua Tree is at number 19 and she is at 20. This puts 8 albums of theirs in the top 50 now. And rising.
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So U2 just surpassed Taylor Swifts album on iTunes in the U.S. - Joshua Tree is at number 19 and she is at 20. This puts 8 albums of theirs in the top 50 now. And rising.




https://twitter.com/u2uruguay/status/510113350119063552
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It looks like Apple got the message about people are having a hard time actually getting the album, and why.
I just received an email this morning explaining that they had given me the new U2 album. LOL
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Will be listening to it for the 6th time later today. My song rankings have been mostly unchanged - what a fantastic album.
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Yes, we've had 8 million threads about a possible album. Now it's finally here! Rejoice! RS Mag gave it 5 stars! Woo Hoo!
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So U2 just surpassed Taylor Swifts album on iTunes in the U.S. - Joshua Tree is at number 19 and she is at 20. This puts 8 albums of theirs in the top 50 now. And rising.
BUT ONLY 200,000 PPL DOWNLOADED THE ALBUM THAT WAS FORCED UPON THEM U2 SUX AND R SO NOT REVELNT ALOS I HAIT B0NO

I'm waiting to see the articles that mention the fact that an album from 1987 is in the top 20. U2 achieved exactly what they were hoping for by releasing it the way they did.

and on the original thread topic - yes. Song of Innocence. I'm a fan. Wayyy too early for me to try and rank it among other U2 albums, but I'm quite impressed with this one. It manages to channel every decade from the 60s through to today and yet sound more modern than anything they released in the 00s.
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15 albums in the top 100 that I see. Well, 16, if you count SOI (apple doesn't)
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What about radios? Anyone heard new music being played?


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Has it even been released to the radio stations yet?
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what's a radios?? do you mean Pandora??
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It's early days, but I'm getting a stronger sense from this one than I ever did from No Line.

Immediately, I loved Moment of Surrender; strongly liked No Line on the Horizon and White as Snow, but that's about it. The rest ranged from okay, but nothing earth-shattering to stuff I don't feel like listening to.

This one intrigues me more with every listen. There is some fantastic material. As always, a couple will probably get skipped down the road as I listen, but it seems much stronger to me.

Part of it is the musical biography of the teen years nature of this album. To me that's a more compelling theme than bland, cliched statements about love and community.
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Yes, thank you! Been missing this thread.

The word I am leaning towards when describing this album is "consistent", much more than probably anything they've put out in the 2000's. It's highs may not reach as high as those on ATYCLB and maybe some of Bomb, but damn, there's really not a clunker on the album. (Volcano straddles the line)
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Has it even been released to the radio stations yet?
It doesn't need to be.
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This album is really starting to grow on me. The tracks are separating themselves from each other, and I'm beginning to get a really good feel for each one.

One impression is that this record overall just has a good vibe to it. This isn't pissed, annoyed, preachy, Bono. I feel good while I'm listening to it and after after it's over. There's no LAPOE telling the world to go fuck itself, nor agonising over Chinese stocks and the tough life of a rock star. IMO it's actually U2 at their most honest and, at times, unabashedly joyful since Beautiful Day. Not that the subject of the songs is always joyful...but the overall feeling I get from it is positivity....not angst. It's actually pretty gutsy move by U2 to be so unabashedly earnest in the age of snark & irony. This is really making me excited about them again, liking them again, and respecting them again.

I really hope it's an arena tour, and I hope the mostly leave the politics mostly out of this one and make it about the music.
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Yes, thank you! Been missing this thread.

The word I am leaning towards when describing this album is "consistent", much more than probably anything they've put out in the 2000's. It's highs may not reach as high as those on ATYCLB and maybe some of Bomb, but damn, there's really not a clunker on the album. (Volcano straddles the line)
Good description.

On the Volcano note, I'd say U2's rock is always better when it's subverted. Despite the aggressiveness of it, the textures of The Fly and Ultraviolet lend a beauty that the overt stuff like All Because of You and Stand Up Comedy seem oblivious too.
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I've truly & unashamedly fallen for SOI.

I know it's only been a couple of days but whatever, I'm going with it.
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