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Posted 03 December 2017 - 09:26 PM

I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

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Posted 03 December 2017 - 09:55 PM

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I wonder what happened to them saying they were going to release music with a "punk" sound?

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 08:06 AM

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I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

I think for five albums they were a great rock band. No need for them to be "metal".

But then they turned to shit and...weirdly...seemed to get more and more adoration.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 10:41 AM

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View Posttreeduck, on 03 December 2017 - 09:26 PM, said:

I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

I think for five albums they were a great rock band. No need for them to be "metal".

But then they turned to shit and...weirdly...seemed to get more and more adoration.

I mean, I enjoyed the nineties stuff, but everything from 2000 on has been a pale imitation, albeit with some fair songs.

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:17 AM

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View Posttreeduck, on 03 December 2017 - 09:26 PM, said:

I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

I think for five albums they were a great rock band. No need for them to be "metal".

But then they turned to shit and...weirdly...seemed to get more and more adoration.

I mean, I enjoyed the nineties stuff, but everything from 2000 on has been a pale imitation, albeit with some fair songs.

I won't lie I dislike the nineties stuff, but I admire their ambition. They weren't playing it safe. After 2000? Dull.

Edited by Segue Myles, 04 December 2017 - 11:17 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:46 AM

I must say the more I listen to these songs the more they are growing on me. Its not Achtung or Joshua Tree by any stretch... But its better than the last album, and might be better than anything since All That You Can't Leave Behind. Of course, the bar has been set rather low since Bomb came out. But still... I am not hating it as much as I thought I would. I find myself going back to them. They have more focus than the material on the last few albums. Nothing earth-shattering... but still making me want to give it a chance. That is something I guess.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:08 AM

They were on SNL the other night and I can say I'm not missing anything. I still have everything from Boy up to AB, so I'll listen to that instead. I have a banner if anyone wants it... wonder if its worth anything... Crazy that its been THIRTY years since I saw them during JT! I even did a term paper in high school about them for my music requirement. :codger:

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 11:07 AM

View Postlibrarian, on 05 December 2017 - 10:08 AM, said:

They were on SNL the other night and I can say I'm not missing anything. I still have everything from Boy up to AB, so I'll listen to that instead. I have a banner if anyone wants it... wonder if its worth anything... Crazy that its been THIRTY years since I saw them during JT! I even did a term paper in high school about them for my music requirement. :codger:

I only saw them one time but it was on the ZooTV tour so I figure if there was one tour to see them on that was it.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:40 PM

View PostWil1972, on 05 December 2017 - 09:46 AM, said:

I must say the more I listen to these songs the more they are growing on me. Its not Achtung or Joshua Tree by any stretch... But its better than the last album, and might be better than anything since All That You Can't Leave Behind. Of course, the bar has been set rather low since Bomb came out. But still... I am not hating it as much as I thought I would. I find myself going back to them. They have more focus than the material on the last few albums. Nothing earth-shattering... but still making me want to give it a chance. That is something I guess.

I mostly agree with this.  It is mostly a nice listen, with the exception of the shitty American Soul and a couple bland tunes near the end, but I don't see anything on this being one of those U2 songs that you just have to have.  And I liked most of Songs of Innocence, and think that had a few keepers (The Troubles, Every Breaking Wave, Iris and the bonus track Crystal Ballroom).

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:08 PM

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View PostWil1972, on 05 December 2017 - 09:46 AM, said:

I must say the more I listen to these songs the more they are growing on me. Its not Achtung or Joshua Tree by any stretch... But its better than the last album, and might be better than anything since All That You Can't Leave Behind. Of course, the bar has been set rather low since Bomb came out. But still... I am not hating it as much as I thought I would. I find myself going back to them. They have more focus than the material on the last few albums. Nothing earth-shattering... but still making me want to give it a chance. That is something I guess.

I mostly agree with this.  It is mostly a nice listen, with the exception of the shitty American Soul and a couple bland tunes near the end, but I don't see anything on this being one of those U2 songs that you just have to have.  And I liked most of Songs of Innocence, and think that had a few keepers (The Troubles, Every Breaking Wave, Iris and the bonus track Crystal Ballroom).

Raised By Wolves was my favorite there, a small callback to War that I love so much.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 12:14 AM

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View Posttreeduck, on 03 December 2017 - 09:26 PM, said:

I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

I think for five albums they were a great rock band. No need for them to be "metal".

But then they turned to shit and...weirdly...seemed to get more and more adoration.

Their 7th is their best, Achtung Baby.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:11 AM

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View PostSegue Myles, on 04 December 2017 - 08:06 AM, said:

View Posttreeduck, on 03 December 2017 - 09:26 PM, said:

I'd like U2 if they were more of a kick ass heavy metal band with a guitarist who had some balls and a mercurial talent, instead of a lot of reverb and a tendency to play 3 chords over an over.

I think for five albums they were a great rock band. No need for them to be "metal".

But then they turned to shit and...weirdly...seemed to get more and more adoration.

Their 7th is their best, Achtung Baby.

I hate it.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 02:28 AM

I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

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I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

I thought your 4/10 was incredibly generous

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 10:26 AM

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I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

Great songwriters will always be more valuable than great musicians.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:19 AM

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I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

Great songwriters will always be more valuable than great musicians.

The new album is not representative of great songwriting lol

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 11:31 AM

Oh yay.  i can spew some more negativity.  i Never ever thought U2 was that special.  and really truly feel i'm not missing a thing.

It's not that their music is bad really.....it's bland.  which IMO is a far worse thing to be.

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Oh yay.  i can spew some more negativity.  i Never ever thought U2 was that special.  and really truly feel i'm not missing a thing.

It's not that their music is bad really.....it's bland.  which IMO is a far worse thing to be.

Mick

I love the early stuff but in the grand scheme of things...they were no REM who arguably did similar things with a lot more flair.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 01:17 PM

View PostSegue Myles, on 06 December 2017 - 11:19 AM, said:

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 06 December 2017 - 10:26 AM, said:

View PostReRushed, on 06 December 2017 - 02:28 AM, said:

I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

Great songwriters will always be more valuable than great musicians.

The new album is not representative of great songwriting lol

Now I didn't say I was talking about the new album, lol.

I've listened to a bit of it though and, it seems a little less lifeless than a lot of what they've done since 2000, not surprisingly so, but still pleasant.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 08:14 AM

View PostEntre_Perpetuo, on 06 December 2017 - 01:17 PM, said:

View PostSegue Myles, on 06 December 2017 - 11:19 AM, said:

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View PostReRushed, on 06 December 2017 - 02:28 AM, said:

I simply find U2 very uninteresting. I think it's because they never seemed to grow as musicians. Each member is very limited with what they bring to the table. Add being unbearably earnest and you have a band that I think should have wore out its welcome by now, IMHO.

Great songwriters will always be more valuable than great musicians.

The new album is not representative of great songwriting lol

Now I didn't say I was talking about the new album, lol.

I've listened to a bit of it though and, it seems a little less lifeless than a lot of what they've done since 2000, not surprisingly so, but still pleasant.

I just can't get into any of the post-2000 stuff, the song Vertigo aside! I try





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