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U2 - Songs of Experience + 2018 tour
« on: November 01, 2017, 08:52:41 PM »
The new album is finally coming out a month from today, and dates were announced today for the 2018 tour:

http://www.u2.com/tour?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=paid&utm_campaign=U2C_20171101_announce

Two singles released so far from the new album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbGSiJ9iat8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU_S15MXV3E

I think there are links out there for The Blackout as well, but not sure any of them are the forthcoming studio version.

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 09:08:21 PM »
Oh thank god, the album cover's taken it down a notch on the awkwardness. Just a notch, though.

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 10:29:03 PM »
Great! Thanks for posting - I was expecting info on the new album anytime soon. I liked some of the songs on the last one (especially "Sleep like a baby tonight"), so I'm excited about having new stuff to listen to. :)

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 09:37:28 PM »
I liked Songs of Innocence, with songs like The Troubles, Iris, Song for Someone and the bonus track Crystal Ballroom all being major keepers.

As for the new songs, You're the Best Thing About Me is kinda generic, but catchy enough, I guess. 

Get Out of Your Own Way is painfully bland.

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2017, 05:02:24 PM »
You’re The Best Thing About Me is super bland, plus the key change into the chorus is really awkward. Get Out Of Your Own Way is literally Beautiful Day rewritten but worse obviously. I really liked Songs Of Innocence and thought every song was more or less strong, but SoE sounds like it’s going to be another attempt at producing songs intended to be hits rather than a new, fresh sounding musical statement.

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2017, 06:21:32 PM »
That is also my fear, and it makes me nervous about getting tickets for the tour, since U2 almost always plays most of whatever new album they are touring on.  I might wait and see how the rest of the album is before getting tickets (unless I luck out and land great ones right away, which I will attempt).

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2017, 01:36:04 PM »
So album is out.  How do you guys find it?  I'm liking it so far.  I actually like Get Out of Your Own Way.

Edit: Just finished American Soul.  Good song.  One of my favorite bands, nowadays, is Switchfoot and those guys are heavily influenced by U2 and when I heard American Soul, I was thinking, "This could make a nice Switchfoot song."  Funny how that works out.

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2017, 05:23:16 PM »
better than their last couple of records. 3-stars.

a little long. might be higher if it wasn't for the length.

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2017, 08:28:14 PM »
So album is out.  How do you guys find it?   

After a few listens, I am honestly not sure what I think. Seems like a nice listen, but I am not getting the sense that anything on this will be one of those "must have" kick ass U2 songs, and The Edge seems pretty subdued in his playing overall, some of which of which might be because of the mix (which seems good sonically overall, but the guitar is a bit low in the mix at times, when it seems like a few times he plays a riff or lead that should kick your ass a bit more).

Summer of Love and Red Flag Day seem like nice little songs so far.

Many more listens to come...

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2017, 06:17:56 PM »
The first song, Love Is All We Have Left, is really cool, featuring a vibe rarely heard in a U2 song, but it ends way too fast. That should have been a 6-minute slow burner, not over in less than 3 minutes.  :facepalm:

American Soul is Get On Your Boots level of awful. :tdwn :tdwn

I think this album will end up having 4-5 songs that will stick with me beyond these early listens.

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2017, 09:31:57 AM »
Anyone else listening to this and liking it?

After the muddy sonic disasters they released in the 00s (I like both How To Dismantle... and No Line..., but neither sounds very good), it is nice to get a U2 album that sounds really good again.

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« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2017, 08:17:45 AM »
I ordered it; I should be getting it this week.  I'll let you know when I've heard it property (i.e. not on tinny speakers or live versions on SNL). 

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« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2017, 06:40:46 PM »
I'm enjoying it. I thought SOI was a great album almost immediately, but I feel like this one will grow on me over time. And as we all know, sometimes those albums end up having the most replay value. Favorites right now are Love is All We Have Left, Lights of Home (both versions), Little Things, Landlady, Blackout, Love is Bigger Than Anything, and Book of Your Heart.

I agree that Love is All We Have Left should have/could have been twice as long. And I keep replaying the last minute of Landlady, I love that part. 

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2017, 08:03:01 PM »
I liked most of Song of Innocence at first, although I was never too fond of The Miracle, but its highs do not reach the highs of most other U2 records. Very consistent record, regardless.

We'll see how this new old holds up. I like most of the songs from it, although American Soul is still trash, and I am not sure what happened with The Blackout.  It starts off good, but completely falls apart.

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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2017, 08:29:54 PM »
Just wanted to say that I'm really liking the run of Summer of Love > Red Flag Day > Showman.

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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2017, 05:03:48 PM »
Just wanted to say that I'm really liking the run of Summer of Love > Red Flag Day > Showman.

Yep, that is a really nice run of songs. And that sentiment seems to be pretty popular. :coolio

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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 01:15:24 PM »
I finally bought this album! I expected to dislike it, but I find it pretty enjoyable. I thought SoI was a top 5 album of theirs and this is definitely a step down, but it's poppy enough to catch my ear, even though I don't hear any true standout songs. I have begun to like Get Out Of Your Own Way, and I think The Showman is my favorite overall so far.

I guess my main issue with the album is that it literally sounds like a pastiche of all current music trends. Autotune used as a vocal effect, dance rhythms in a hard rock style (a style Fall Out Boy has aped for 4 albums now), random guy rapping, millennial whoops, etc. It's very inauthentic, but again, the songs are catchy and very listenable, just not deep. Also, I know U2 influenced Coldplay heavily, but this album sounds like Coldplay influenced U2.

I think this will fall near the bottom of my U2 albums ranking. It still manages to be better than NLOTH, so there's that.

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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 01:30:50 PM »
I really liked this album.   One thing about U2 is that from day one, they have always "tried too hard", and usually that has paid off for them.   I think it will ultimately pay off for them here, too.   The only U2 album I've ever loved from day one is "The Joshua Tree" and that's largely because I saw it live within like a day or two of hearing the album, so it was all fresh.   Everything else had to grow on me (like Achtung Baby, Atomic Bomb, etc.).   U2 is more a song band for me anyway, not an album band.   I like songs from every album, but the only real ALBUM I like, start to finish, are TJT, AB and HTDAAB).

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2018, 03:23:32 AM »
I really like it too. It has that 'slow-burn' quality to it.
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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 08:10:08 AM »
After giving this quite a few listens the first few month or so, it's probably not a good sign that I haven't really listened since and have no urge to.  I will give it a few whirls again here soon and see if my opinion changes at all.