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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
PostPosted: Wed November 08, 2017 1:08 pm 
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I care more about those hideous Lennon glasses he's sporting these days...

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Also, sidenote: I took a random spin through ATYCLB the other day. What a frustrating album. Starts off so promising, but it slowly and steadily falls apart.

Maybe I'm just being sentimental, but ATYCLB is a beautiful album front to back... I revisited it a few weeks back, and it still holds up rather nicely imo.

Sell me on some of the later tracks? I've only heard the back half of the record a few times. Overall, I adore the production. Surprisingly simple and undramatic, all things considered.

That simplicity was a breath of fresh air for me at the time...

Obviously Grace sticks out for me as a nice, soft ender with pretty metaphors and double meaning. Love everything about it. Actually, looking at the tracklist, all of the last four songs (and a few others) resonate with stages of grief I associate with 9/11. Then there's the whimsical Wild Honey which is like nothing they've ever done before imo. In a Little While reminds me of the passing of Johnny Ramone (or was it Joey) and asking for it to be played while on his deathbed. Like I said before... It's a very heartfelt, almost a snapshot of the times ... the turn of the century... a turning point for the band, too.


"ATYCLB" plays nicely up through and including "Wild Honey" then takes a nosedive before rebounding with the lovely "Grace." But overall it represents a shift away from the era of U2's career I like best -- the darker, more textured sonics, and snarkier lyrics from Bono -- and I've always kind of resented it for that. Incidentally my most significant memories of this album also come from right after 9/11 -- the best songs push optimism and hope to the absolute threshold of tolerability without crossing it, and in the months following the attacks those sentiments were a powerful antidote to the news. It was a good record for the world to have access to at that time.


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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
PostPosted: Wed November 08, 2017 2:05 pm 
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I agree with Kevin Davis here...i hated ATYCLB because it was a shift from what i love about the band, the experimental sonic, dark and funny to the pretty bland textures and rock and roll...and for me it was pretty unbearable to hear them talking about 9-11 too. I will always love Atchung, Zooropa and Pop. Thats the great u2 i adore.
Still, i feel the band did great with How To Dismantle and No Line. I love those two.

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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New song.

The Blackout

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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Honestly - I thought it wasn't too bad. Better than I'd expected at this point

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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Nah, it's not bad, it just reminded me of the other song so I wanted to make an easy snide comment.


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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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I didn’t think it was bad either. Which is a thousand times better than that horse shit song they released a while back.

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Yeah that's way better than the first pile of dogshit they released. But it's still middling.

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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Actually The Blackout is the first song they released for the new album...and that bland tune that come afterwards is the first single. The second single is out there too, and yes, its fucking bland.

I like The Blackout by the way.

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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Pretty dull attempt at recapturing something that used to be easy for them. I especially don't like the part where he says "get this off of my plate."

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 Post subject: Re: Where The Streets Have No Name / The U2 Thread
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The new one American Soul is good. Is the best of the whole bunch.

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