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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I just can’t comprehend why they wouldn’t put this out in the next two weeks. This isn’t a standalone project that’s going to garner much interest outside of its connection to Bono’s book. I’d argue it has less appeal to “standard” consumers/casual fans than a Greatest Hits package would. The...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    “Blame The Edge! This is a man who’s still mixing our first record. We’d re-recorded some songs for my autobiography in a more sparse, acoustic arrangement. Towards the end of the process, we realized that now is not the time for sparse, acoustic instrumentation. Now is the time for...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I can't stand Maron. I wish Bono would do Stern again, or even Conan's podcast.
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I'm also a massive Guns n' Roses fan, and I frequent one of their forums. It really makes me appreciate U2, because the amount of nonsense Guns fans have to deal with is ridiculous.
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I hope you're right about that. The part about the pop charts I read as "Edge is fed up with the pop charts because he thinks everything on there is shit, and so we're coming to save them..." I hope I'm wrong. As far as this "unreasonable rock" record being very close to being ready...that's...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    This is all pretty classic Bono. I think it was Adam who said once that Bono hears an idea and, to him, it’s a completed song because he can hear it in his head, whereas Adam needs to wait to hear the actual finished song. In this case, Songs of Ascent was “done.” Now it’s at 70%. And I have a...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I remember that interview. I think it was around the time of NLOTH. Bono discusses The Beatles and how many great songs and then says “…but I think we’ve got them on the run,” and the crowd - full of U2 fans - booed him!
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    Bono’s voice sounds pretty good here - though I’m not a fan of some of the choices he makes when singing this song these days. When he’s going for it and hitting the big notes, it’s fantastic. But I cannot stand the “speak singy” thing he does where he just drops out of the note. I know he...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I think there would be something poetic about surprise releasing the album tomorrow without automatically downloading it to 500 million people. Just a simple option to stream it on your platform of choice, should you want to. I feel like it would actually generate a decent amount of buzz simply...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    The frontman. Though I understand your confusion, as they’re also eaten in mass quantities *by* the frontman.
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    Only two chapters in, but Bono is giving Bruce a real challenge for "most beautifully written autobiography." Also, "You're The Best Thing About Me" was never going to be U2's best song, but the 'why am I walking away?' line becomes instantly more powerful and heartbreaking after reading the...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    Part of me thinks that the lack of an announcement re: the album is smart, at this point. It's just an album of rerecorded songs. It's not going to have a big radio hit. It's not the 'next U2 album.' And the media cycle just moves so fast that, if they announced it last month, any buzz would...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    I’m not declaring anything great or awful until I hear the whole song - I gave first impressions based off of what I was able to hear. It’s sort of like a movie trailer. I can’t always tell if a 2 hour movie is for me based off of a 3 minute trailer…but I can certainly say what I’m excited to...
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    Songs of Songs, Books & Fat Puns - New Album Discussion #8

    First of all, thank you Dan for these snippets. While I may be disappointed with the result, it’s always exciting to hear anything recorded by U2, even if it’s a re-recording. A disclaimer: obviously I haven’t heard anything beyond the snippets that Dan graciously shared, so I’m basing my...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    The Kennedy Center Honors has given us a few of those transcendent moments. Heart’s performance of Stairway to Heaven was absolutely breathtaking. Springsteen took Sting’s “I Hung My Head” and absolutely stole the song. I can’t listen to Sting’s version or Johnny Cash’s version anymore. As far...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    In the absence of the Killers, my guess is Kings of Leon? Their schedule frees up at the end of November.
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    Vedder's a good guess. The Killers, possibly doing Ultraviolet. I'd be shocked if someone doesn't do Beautiful Day. There's also usually a random country artist thrown in the mix, so perhaps Dierks Bentley does Pride? Florence and the Machine have an album out. Perhaps they'd do a version of...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    I'm not saying this to be snarky, I'm just late to the party. Can someone explain to me who runs u2songs.com, and why they're so trustworthy? Do we have any idea who their insiders are? What's their track record on correctly predicting U2's next moves, and have they had any wrong info?
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    Yes. It's also the difference between people who value integrity and people who value results. There are those who will say "I will keep my values in tact by never associating with this demon!" and, although nothing gets done, they sleep better at night feeling like they've stood up for truth...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    I’m not really excited for Songs of Surrender. I’m no longer even all that excited for their next album of new material. But man, after these excerpts, I’m surprisingly excited for this book. I thought a Bono autobiography would be redundant, since U2 By U2 was so well done, but man - he’s an...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. Because as much as I enjoyed the Irish Times interview, this one really drove me nuts. Maybe it's time for to me to face up to the fact that my favorite band and I are moving in different directions. I've just never been so consistently...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    Except there were much more “get this fucking shit off my phone” people than there were those like my friend. The negative PR was a big deal. It’s not just about “they didn’t lose any existing fans.” It’s that it was another reason to publicly label U2 as out of touch and uncool - which...
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    Songs of _________________; New album discussion #7

    I think this wouldn’t be such an issue if they’d simply made it easy to delete. It wasn’t, so it felt like people were *stuck* with a U2 album. Deleting it required a google search and following steps. For what it’s worth, I have a friend who’s not a U2 fan at all. I was in the car with him the...
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