Segue Myles, on 04 December 2017 - 08:06 AM, said:
treeduck, 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.
They're focusing more and more on "the message" and trying to be the musical saviors of the world, because that's what Bono has tried to do for the last 20 years. Ducky's comment about him and Sean Penn isn't inaccurate
Even if their post-Atomic Bomb music (and even post-Achtung depending on your tastes) is really boring and bland, they connect with a lot of people for non-musical reasons, channeled through their music. Twice they've gone too far and got (rightfully so) shit on for it, the first time with Rattle and Hum, the second time with forcing Songs of Innocence on everyone like it's god's gift to man, but apart from that, especially with the political craziness of the last two years, they've rallied people together.
Unrelated, my opinion of U2 is mostly negative, I'm just not a fan of their style of music. Vertigo and Where The Streets Have No Name are pretty decent songs, I just can't really get into these guys.