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Old 11-06-2002, 03:19 PM   #21
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I gave this song a 9. The chord arrangment is vintage U2, and the vocals are Bono at his best. The way he sustains the note during the word "spray" is incredible. Vocally, very much like the Unforgettable Fire period in that respect (often considered Bono's prime era in terms of sheer might).

The piano, as mentioned, is haunting, as is the acoustic arrangment that accompanies it. It is a soundtrack song, so when rating it I brought that into context.

Lyrically, this song is Bono at his most passionate, at his most romantic and, in that respect, at his most daring as well. Poetically, Bono's pen has never been more precise, while at the same time dipping in such thick ink and using such broad strokes. (with the exception of 'One'). That alone makes this song a classic.
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Old 11-06-2002, 03:28 PM   #22
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Normal I gave it a 5

God where were all you people when everyone was ranting and raving about how GREAT this song was and I felt like I was the only one that didnt think it was all that great.


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Old 11-06-2002, 04:21 PM   #23
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God where were all you people when everyone was ranting and raving about how GREAT this song was and I felt like I was the only one that didnt think it was all that great.


Well, Sicy, most of the people here do think it's GREAT. Just check the poll. Most people are giving it an 8 out of 10.
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Old 11-06-2002, 04:47 PM   #24
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I blocked my ears

I haven't heard it yet.
they were playing the "best of..CD" in the shopping centre yesterday and I knew it was U2, a song I was unfamiliar with,,so I quickened my pace and got out of there.
I want to hear it first on good speakers, in nice surrounds and in it's entirety.
Always something to look forward too.
thay had sold out of Elevation DVDs. i was that close to hitting the plastic, just as well.
the "best of " is available for 3 prices in Grafton
$36, $40 and $45....Buckley's is the dearest...of course!!! me and my ethics
I am going to rent the rattle and Hum DVD this weekend
they don't have "elevation " at the video store.

What is the correct title of the Boston DVD? I met a nice young fellow at Big W yesterday. He was the one who put the U2 concert DVD on in the store when it was released. ( the day I almost got the folding chair from thegardening section and sat down to watch the U2 concert in Big W...so tempted I was) He told me yesterday he got into trouble for putting it on...eeeeeeewhaaaaaaaa His sister LOVES U2!! they're everywhere these day...cool.
So I wait...i may go to see the movie, I like Daniel Day -Lewis.
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Old 11-06-2002, 06:18 PM   #25
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I couldn't decide at first between 7 and 8, but I'm in a generous mood today so I went with 8.
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Old 11-06-2002, 06:46 PM   #26
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I would give it about a 7 right now. It doesn't really grab me like Electrical Storm, but perhaps that will change in time. It songs kind of like an Irish folk song or something to my ears. Not that that is a bad thing, but I was hoping for something a little more upbeat. It sounds like it will fit perfectly into the theme of the movie, but if I was picking the track selection, I would probably put it on the B-sides disc, and on the 1st disc put TGBHF in it's place, that songs deserves to be heard by more people...Perhaps it will be on the BO 2000-2010 if that ever happens.
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Old 11-06-2002, 07:35 PM   #27
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Man.........I gave it a 9. This track is definitely a grower........I've been spending too much time driving with my new U2 album and I'm loving this HANDS THAT...... track, way more so than ES. I got that feeling in my belly that I get when I hear an instant U2 classic. I also love the lyrics.........paints a great picture of the pain and passion that drove so many immigrants to the States....Maybe it's the Irish in me but I doubt I'm gonna tire of this track......

Amen......
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Man.........I gave it a 9. This track is definitely a grower........I've been spending too much time driving with my new U2 album and I'm loving this HANDS THAT...... track, way more so than ES. I got that feeling in my belly that I get when I hear an instant U2 classic. I also love the lyrics.........paints a great picture of the pain and passion that drove so many immigrants to the States....Maybe it's the Irish in me but I doubt I'm gonna tire of this track......

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Y'see ... that right there is Rock 'N Roll... Amen to you, brother. Hallelujah, here she comes...

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Old 11-06-2002, 11:53 PM   #29
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cool thread tho Em!
Thanks, Carrie!
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I need to post in here more often, I much enjoy reading discussions such as this....

Anyway, I had my mouse hovering on the 8, then I moved up to 9. I really, REALLY like this song. When I have to walk somewhere for a long time, I listen to it full volume on repeat. I understand some people think it's cheesy, and know it's not even about Sept. 11, but it still makes me really sad. I wasn't in NYC on that day as I know some people here were, but I went their for a service project shortly afterwards and I'll never forget what it was like there. I always appreciate a song that can make me actually FEEL something, even if it is a sad feeling. I don't really know how to explain it, sorry. I think the lyrics are great, especially that line "Innocence dragged across a yellow line" Bono's lyrics always give me images I never would've thought of. My only negetive critique is that after Bono's amazing operatic section, the end of the song seems a little anti-climactic. But I STILL LOVE IT!!!
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Well, Sicy, most of the people here do think it's GREAT. Just check the poll. Most people are giving it an 8 out of 10.
what kind of drugs are you people on? This doesn't even sound like the same band that rocked our world with pride, streets, sbs, the fly, etc.

I understand u2 has to go and try to change up their style, push everything through the roof etc, etc

But give me a freaking break, this is horrible classic elevator bs. This reminds me of that crap Celion Deion did for Titanic.

I don't go to concert to see Mrs Deion, or buy her horrible music. If you like this song then its your opinion which is great, but I thought U2 was a rock band and not a classic Lawrence Welk show.

Wasn't it Adam who thanked Phil Collins and Genisis for "giving his parents something to listen to?" Looks like the shoe is on the other foot now if this is any indication.

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Gave it a 7. I'm actually listening to it right now. I'm thinking , this is one song that's gonna grow on me....and I have yet to read the lyrics.
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Old 11-07-2002, 01:11 PM   #33
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what kind of drugs are you people on? This doesn't even sound like the same band that rocked our world with pride, streets, sbs, the fly, etc.

I agree with LBB and Sicy. When I think of all the great songs that U2 has created, this just doesn't rank up there as an 8. Perhaps it is that I am comparing it only with other U2 songs. It's certainly not a 3 compared to the new Christina Aguilera song, the new song by Tweet, or what have you. Most U2 songs are 8s through 10s compared to other artists. But as for U2, they've got so many other songs that are better than "Hands" that I can't give it a higher score when I think of all the classics they've put out there.
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what kind of drugs are you people on? This doesn't even sound like the same band that rocked our world with pride, streets, sbs, the fly, etc.
Well, you could argue that when The Fly came out, it didn't sound like the same band that made Streets either!

To think that U2 are going to make another Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby isn't realistic. They're in their early 40s now. They're not the same people they were then, so of course their music is going to change.

Personally, I'm loving the fact that I never know what to expect where they're concerned.
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I guess it really is a matter of taste.I wasn't that thrilled with electric storm...rate it about a 7..but I loved "hands" from the first listen....I gave it a 9.
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I guess it really is a matter of taste.I wasn't that thrilled with electric storm...rate it about a 7..but I loved "hands" from the first listen....I gave it a 9.
I like ES...But I definitely think Hands is the better of the two.
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Well, you could argue that when The Fly came out, it didn't sound like the same band that made Streets either!
exactly, but the fly blew our heads off when it first came out, it is the kind of music that got peoples attention and made them say "whoa, wtf is that"

in a good way

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To think that U2 are going to make another Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby isn't realistic. They're in their early 40s now. They're not the same people they were then, so of course their music is going to change.
of course they are not going to copy themselves and make another JT or AB clone, but I strongly disagree with what you have said:

IF your point is that they aren't going to make another album like that because they are to old then why should they bother making albums at all? If this is the attitude, then making anymore albums would be just "coasting" or "cashing in".

If they cannot make another grand album because they are 40, then what the hell was ATYCLB? I mean I liked it to the point I would put it almost on the AB and JT level.

And as for their age, look at the Stones still rocking, look at Springsteen. Look at the music Lennon made just before he was shot. Age shouldn't have anything to do with it.

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Personally, I'm loving the fact that I never know what to expect where they're concerned.
I do too, but i just expect a hell of a lot more from them than "hands", thats all.

I believe they are capable of blowing our heads off again, and not just making another "passengers" song for us to fall asleep too.

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Old 11-07-2002, 07:18 PM   #38
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This song reminds me of David Bowie's song "This is not America" from the movie the Falcon and the Snowman with Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn. If you listen to it, they are very similar.
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Well, you could argue that when The Fly came out, it didn't sound like the same band that made Streets either!

To think that U2 are going to make another Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby isn't realistic. They're in their early 40s now. They're not the same people they were then, so of course their music is going to change.

Personally, I'm loving the fact that I never know what to expect where they're concerned.
Exactly...truth is, about this tune, it really doesn't even sound like U2! Once again, they seem to different musical avenues to venture down again. It really is more of a grower, though...I think the sound of what seems to be bottles hitting each other (I'm really not sure what it is) which is prominent on the track gives it a very tangible atmosphere to it...again, really digging this song.
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