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Old 08-13-2013, 01:35 PM   #181
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New U2 album in November according to the Spanish FNAC website.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:40 PM   #182
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So apparently U2 are only releasing new material in November in Spain, the rest of the world can go fuck itself.
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Are they still selling Songs Of Ascent from 2010 too?
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I'm certainly not expecting a total reinvention. Not sure if anyone here is, and if so, it's probably a bit naive. I'm not even sure I would want a total reinvention. I just want some really good new music.

I take issue with the idea that it is impossible to do at 52. Of course it is possible. Will it happen? I'm not betting my paycheck on it.
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So you can't think of anybody. That's cool. Neither do I. There are artists making good music in their 50s, but all of the cases I know of is that those artists are perfectly comfortable in their own skin right now and with their established sound (Nick Cave, Neil Young, David Bowie etc.). Better not to expect any radical changes or breaking new ground, because one might be faced with a NLOTH-like disappointment, which was unfortunately hyped as this new Achtung Baby-like reinvention. It wasn't.
While I wouldn't call Cave's Push the Sky Away a "reinvention," it is a bold record that stands apart stylistically from the rest of his catalogue. I didn't think it was possible for an artist thirty years into a career to rival let alone best their finest works, but Cave did it. The thing about U2 is they don't have the "I'm going to do whatever the hell I want" attitude that Cave has.
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I think that's the same place that posted a sign in their store a couple months ago claiming a November release, so the webpage could just be an extension of that. Regardless, it's good to see, I guess. Better than nothing.
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So apparently U2 are only releasing new material in November in Spain, the rest of the world can go fuck itself.
Everybody is asking for some innovation, well, that's pretty new. An album for just one country.
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While I wouldn't call Cave's Push the Sky Away a "reinvention," it is a bold record that stands apart stylistically from the rest of his catalogue. I didn't think it was possible for an artist thirty years into a career to rival let alone best their finest works, but Cave did it. The thing about U2 is they don't have the "I'm going to do whatever the hell I want" attitude that Cave has.
I like Push the Sky Away, but I wouldn't say that record stands apart dramatically from the rest of his catalogue. It's a natural progression from what came before and that's perfectly fine. In any case, I consider Cave possibly being the only musician I know of whose output actually improved consistently with time and whose best records can be found in the third decade of his career.

And again, I didn't say 50-year-olds can't be creative. What I meant was that there is next to zero chance that some huge reinvention awaits us. Yeah, anything's possible. But at this point, I'd be perfectly happy with a decent record that I would still like to hear four or five years after it came out (I have no wish to do that for the last three albums).

To try and get back to the topic, this is the link for the Spanish website: Alertas FNAC

Doesn't seem official to me, since there is that vague Metallica announcement as well right below.
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Fair enough. Which band had a dramatic reinvention in their 50s? I'm genuinely curious because I can't think of any. And I consider creativity and the will to dream it all up again to be two slightly different things.
I doubt they'll ever completely reinvent themselves, but plenty of bands release strong, good material late into their careers. As some mentioned, Johnny Cash was a complete reinvention and it was incredible. Another artists that released some of their best material late in their career (even if they weren't reinventions): Bruce Springsteen certainly comes to mind.
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Most of those are solo artists though. It seems easier for them to keep releasing good music later in their careers. We've had that discussion tons of times as well...
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New U2 album in November according to the Spanish FNAC website.
i think the Spanish Fnac site has had that alert for a while now... although i don't remember seeing the month stated before though...
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I agree with djerap here. Once again, he NEVER SAID that artists over 50 aren't creative. He was responding to the cliche quoting of "dream it all up again". Does anyone truly think this band can wipe the slate clean and go in a completely unpredictable direction?

Because U2 had already taken so many left turns along their career, and explored so much musical territory, it would be difficult for them to truly surprise at this point, especially as they're concerned with remaining relevant (Bono's own words) in a mainstream fashion.

So instead of expecting something miraculous, just keep things in perspective and simply hope for a good collection of uncompromised material with a fresh sound. Because you ain't getting Zooropa.
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Also, FNAC is not going to have information before anyone else.

Not sure why this old news is even worth discussing. It's some optimistic corporate speculation.
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That FNAC announcement has got to be fake. I don't think even the band knows when the album will be released, judging by what Bono and, more recently, Larry said.

NLOTH was a decent album from a band still capable of putting out some interesting material, though it's not exactly innovative. I take that album as an sign that U2 is not done being all that they can be. The only reason that we haven't seen a complete Achtung Baby-like turnaround from a band this late into their careers is because, as someone already suggested, most bands don't even last this long. U2 is on territory few have walked in, and those that do tend to have their own well-established signature sounds that characterize them, while U2 likes to change it up often. Most bands don't even have such a reinvention as AB, period. I don't know what to expect of this new album, but I think they're still capable of producing something beyond "more of the same." I'm sure they know that too.
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I agree with djerap here. Once again, he NEVER SAID that artists over 50 aren't creative. He was responding to the cliche quoting of "dream it all up again". Does anyone truly think this band can wipe the slate clean and go in a completely unpredictable direction?

Because U2 had already taken so many left turns along their career, and explored so much musical territory, it would be difficult for them to truly surprise at this point, especially as they're concerned with remaining relevant (Bono's own words) in a mainstream fashion.

So instead of expecting something miraculous, just keep things in perspective and simply hope for a good collection of uncompromised material with a fresh sound. Because you ain't getting Zooropa.
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I cannot say how I know this and I know I'm gonna get a lot of flack for this but we should see the new album November 18th in the States. Those who know me know that I'm not BSing this.
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It's good marketing because it gives Lady Gaga a week to dominate then U2 will get their turn. They'll battle it out through Christmas.
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It won't be hard to have a better first single.
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September 23 will see the single drop on iTunes
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