Classic or Dud: U2

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Edge should have just had them include this Bill Bailey clip in that doco

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8dZwXnMrRU

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

also Rush literally afaik has never jammed or improv'ed ever in concert

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

GUYS the distinction is "admired by chops-hungry muso types" / "reviled by chops-hungry muso types."

You can quibble all you like about who is included/excluded from each bucket, but it is a recognizable distinction.

sympathy for the tasmanian devil (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 31 December 2017 18:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Edge can't play

But hes read all the manuals of the post-playing equipment

This is not even up for argument tbh. He couldn't even figure out the chords for the weight ffs

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Monday, 1 January 2018 00:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

Quick note here that Bono, in his introduction to Tom Doyle's Billy Mackenzie biography The Glamour Chase, specifically admitted that they tried to rip off the Associates (and that he knew there was no way for him to rip off Billy's singing, a wise assessment). And as Doyle himself says in the book, I think you can pretty clearly hear it on the band's 1980 song "Paperhouse," from their debut The Affectionate Punch -- definitely a proto-Edge guitar break in there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U3xiazgtmA

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 January 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

(Should add of course that said guitar is played by the other core member of the original band, Alan Rankine.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 January 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

so as ILM's likely most loyal U2 fan i feel the need to add my 2 cents about the new album. don't read if you hate them, or me i guess.

like all U2 albums, if you're a U2 fan you're probably going to enjoy it but it feels like only half their work, there are a lot of songs on here that sound very much unlike them. more generic. This one too often feels like the work of other parties in places (recognizing that U2 has worked with other parties before of course but it felt a lot more collaborative in those instances.) though in a few cases on this album it works, the song w/Haim and a couple of the tracks with Andy Barlow from Lamb are nice.

But this is down there with Rattle and Hum and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb but where the former fell flat on its face sometimes bc of miscalculation and the latter was U2 settling into a very by-the-numbers groove, at least in R&H there were some genuinely outstanding songs and in HTDAAB they nailed a classic U2 sound and there are a couple of genuinely rousing tracks.

(also: after sitting with it for awhile i think Songs of Innocence is the better album and actually winds up in the middle of their discography quality-wise for me. upthread i complained about it but i think it's actually very good and sounds like a very heartfelt U2 album -- similar to No Line on the Horizon, albeit not nearly as great.)

my updated, subjective album rankings:

Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
Zooropa
War
Unforgettable
Passengers
Pop
Boy
No Line on the Horizon
Songs of Innocence
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
October
Rattle and Hum/How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb/Songs of Experience

omar little, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Probably wouldn't quibble with that ranking, even if I might shift a couple of the top ones around. Haven't even bothered with the new one.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

clicked this What's Going On cover expecting it to be disastrous, to my surprise it is not horrible https://open.spotify.com/track/5CPWcXuqQ2QSXJmc1sT19u

niels, Friday, 5 January 2018 20:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

War
The Joshua Tree
Unforgettable
Achtung Baby
No Line on the Horizon
Rattle and Hum
Passengers
Boy
Zooropa
October
Pop
Songs of Experience
Songs of Innocence
All That You Can’t Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 5 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just look at these two

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

Putt on your boots

failsun ra (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

Just-For-Men-Gel of Harlem

attention vampire (MatthewK), Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

where the geeks have no shame

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

i still haven't found what i'm looking for, which is my golf ball, so i'll have to take a two stroke penalty

omar little, Sunday, 7 January 2018 21:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

how long, how long must we play this hole

failsun ra (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Before and after hairplugs.

MaresNest, Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

Stuck in a sandtrap you can't get out of.

Whiney Houston (Tom D.), Sunday, 7 January 2018 22:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

“You’re the best thing about me” is worse than “I’m my own best friend” and bono should just go crawl under a rock somewhere and not bother anybody

calstars, Saturday, 13 October 2018 22:53 (five days ago) Permalink


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