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Old 12-25-2004, 07:05 PM   #1
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Your HTDAAB Epiphanies

Call me stubborn or just plain slow, but as several of you said at the time, HTDAAB is a grower.

Well for the past two days, I've had HTDAAB cycling among Christmas music and finally fell in love with "Miracle Drug" today!! What a rapturous song! I can't wait to sing it at the top of my lungs in concert!

What about you guys? What were your big AHA! I FINALLY GET IT moments from HTDAAB that maybe didn't hit you immediately?
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If I ever get AMAAW that would be big. Still don't...
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city of blinding lights. it at first gave me a WTSHNN kinda vibe for obvious reasons. But the lyrics have got me
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All u2 songs are growers - even the ones I instantly like can, with no warning, sneak up and sucker punch me with their absolute wonderful nummy-ness
That being said HTDABB epiphanies
Miracle Drug - oh how I love this song - Come March 1st I will be either being screaming along with Edge or telling people to be quite so I can hear his solo More than likely the first. I loooooove Miracle Drug - have since the "beach recordings"

Yahweh - I can't explain it but this song which I kinda blew off at first tugs at me now in a big way
All Because of You - I had to move past the "An intellectual tortoise" line -but just the other day this song finally snagged me and I will be screaming "an intellectual tor-toy-ise" at the concert as loud as I can
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Although I liked AMAAW from the 1st time I heard it, my love for it took a giant leap forward a few days ago when I was visualizing the song in my mind while it played. I guess you could say that I imagined my own video for it. To me, the song has a Achtung Baby feel to it. Get out your AB sleeve and take a look at the band's photo opposite the Trying to Throw Your Arms lyrics. Those guys look pretty cool don't they?! Well, I don't think it's much of a stretch to imagine them playing AMAAW. For those who despise AMAAW and say it's totally un-U2 crap, listen to it immediately after Trying to Throw Your Arms (which I think most fans would agree is a good song). That should 'validate' the song's existance in the U2 catalog. I know this may not change any minds about AMAAW, but it's worth a shot. Oh yeah, in my imaginary AMAAW video, Ali makes her second appearance in a U2 vid (and it's not corny either).
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I was also very disappointed in AMAAW. In fact, out of all the songs on the album, I thought it was by far the worst song on the album and that it really brought the album down. It's a very wussy, chessy, corny song. It was another pop song that most crap bands we hear now would play. But after a few listens, it's a very sweet-sounding song. To me, the song now feels very gypsy-like.

I thought Miracle Drug was bad too when I first heard it, but now it's growing on me, and it's going to sound great in concer. COBL will definitely sound great in concert too.

This tour is going to blow away the Elevation tour.

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Listen to Bono's voice in Original of the Species. Just the vocals. It's perfect. "Somethings you shouldn't get to good at"
Perfect...
I don't know which one I would sing at the top of my lungs, since I am doing that already with most of the album.
In concert I would sing Crumbs, because it so.. rocks and it's my favorite, still after all these weeks.
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Re: Your HTDAAB Epiphanies

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Well for the past two days, I've had HTDAAB cycling among Christmas music and finally fell in love with "Miracle Drug" today!! What a rapturous song! I can't wait to sing it at the top of my lungs in concert!
Welcome! It also took me awhile it's a GREAT song.... I can't wait for COBL live!
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I didn't like Crumbs too when I first heard it. But then after I first listened to the album, I saw the DVD that came with the CD/DVD/Book package. When I saw them play Crumbs on the DVD, it sounded great. This song souds better live than on record and it will also rock in concert.

Like I said, this tour is going to be incredible. These songs on HTDAAB are fantastic live songs.
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Old 12-25-2004, 08:31 PM   #10
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From HTDAAB, the tour should include:
Vertigo (obviously)
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own
Love Peace or Else
City of Blinding Lights
All Because of You
Crumbs from Your Table
One Step Closer
Original of the Species
Yahweh

10 out 11 songs.

I don't think the Elevation tour had as many songs from ATYCLB. From my recollection, they did Beautiful Mind, Stuck in Moment, Elevation, Walk On, and New York.
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On Elevation tour, from ATYCLB they did

Beautiful Day
Stuck
Elevation
Walk On
Kite
In A Little While
New York

Wild Honey and WILATW made several brief cameos, and Peace On Earth was used as an intro to Walk On later in the tour. The only song never played in any capacity was Grace, unless you count the post-show speaker song.
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The only real epiphany I had with the songs on the album is Yahweh. I thought it was among the most bland songs U2 had ever done, but after a few weeks, I was happy to say I misjudged it. I love the song now.

other slight ones:

Sometimes YCMIOYO, I believe is clearly the highpoint of the album, I think it's getting better with age, although I generally have thought the song was excellent from the first time I heard it. I guess the epiphany is that this seems to be "the song" from this album.

One Step Closer is much more interesting and understatedly well done than on the first few listens.
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The whole album grows on me wit every listen... MD, COBL, AMAAW, YHWH and so on.
Just finished watching U2 Go Home (again) and I think that this tour will blow Elevation tour away!!
Off-topic: my biggest grower is album Heathen from David Bowie.
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Re: Your HTDAAB Epiphanies

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What about you guys? What were your big AHA! I FINALLY GET IT moments from HTDAAB that maybe didn't hit you immediately?
Unfortunatlely - none. As it was the first time, it is now... What's more, I even like some songs less than hearing them for the first couple of times (i.e. AMAAW, COBL, LAPOE, MD). I didn't love the album at first, as I don't love it now. (still, slightly better than October, for Zooropa I'd have to think hard...)
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From my recollection, they did Beautiful Mind, Stuck in Moment, Elevation, Walk On, and New York.

Hmmm... I don't remember thay ever played Beautiful Mind...
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for me sometimes is a classic in the mould of one,,,,. but the thing with u2 songs they take time to sink in . YOu listen to it and think, eh that means nothing to me, nice melody and instrumentation, but thats it.

Its only life experiences do the songs and the lyrics in particular pack that extra punch...... to me such songs are walk on, electrical storm & exit for some strange reason.

Of course for pure aggression and frustration, i dig out THE FLY ( to me the ascending guitar riffs of vertigo, uteoftw, discotheque, mofo, btbs.

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you know he means beautiful day
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Old 12-26-2004, 06:14 AM   #18
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I reckon Miracle Drug is definitely the songt hat took the most time to sing in on me, and now I ccan understand what all those gushers we're on about, a great great song
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tears came out of my eyes listening to "sometimes you can't...." i've never wiped for any song in my life, the lyrics just crashed into my spirit and lead me beyond my body, i don't think there can exist any other stronger song.......no.....
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I find that I wake up in the morning with different songs from the album in my head. Most recently, it's been Original of the Species.
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