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I am obsessed with this album.  So many incredible songs that get better and better the more you listen to them.  The Little Things is rapidly becoming one of my favorite U2 songs ever - just phenomenal.  

 

 

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One of my ongoing criticisms when I see U2 live is how highly they regard their 'hit' material from ATYCLB and unfortunately this album appears to be influenced by that. 

I wish they'd go more rock or more blues rather than stick to the big 'pop' sound. 

Live I think this album could provide some cracking moments. 

Long term not sure It will rate high in their catalogue as a whole.

 

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11 hours ago, JCF said:

Ha! My 5 year old loves Blackout and sings along!

Isn't that funny?  That is the song my 4 year keeps asking me to play.  I'm not sure how little kids connect with that song but I think it's great.  When she was 2 she loved "Every Breaking Wave" and "Song For Someone," I hope U2 knows they are making a lot of new fans that are a lot younger than they had anticipated!

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22 hours ago, dmway said:

I have received the email for both of the tickets I have bought. I am intrigued to see if I end up getting 2 copies of the CD (I'm thinking that I will - I'll let everyone know)...

On a related front, I have received my pre-sale ticket in the mail today for the first Philadelphia show - so others who got tickets for this show and don't have them yet should watch their mailboxes closely over the next few days.

 

On 12/4/2017 at 10:07 PM, Manohlive said:

My cd is already in the mail and I have a tracking number.  You should get an email a couple days after you bought your ticket.  Yes, I am streaming it.  The cd arrives Monday, December 8, 2017.  I hope it's 2017...it is TM but they were pretty quick with me.

 

17 hours ago, angelofharlem4u2 said:

I had already pre-ordered it on iTunes, and was surprised about the CD notification after I purchased a ticket.  Mine is on the way.  

...and my order is on the way as well. Projected arrival on Fri., Dec. 8 and, yes, 2CDs are coming, as I had guessed. I can now give a copy or two as an Xmas gift. :)

 

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SOE is simply amazing.

The very beginning is a pure gem: love is all we have left gives you an incredible emotion  and represents the take off of a fantastic journey.

The album mix personal emotion, love for family, fear of death, hope for the future with a solid political stand in favour of solidarity and shelter.

In my opinion the best U2 work of this century so far

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9 hours ago, globaltraveler said:

Isn't that funny?  That is the song my 4 year keeps asking me to play.  I'm not sure how little kids connect with that song but I think it's great.  When she was 2 she loved "Every Breaking Wave" and "Song For Someone," I hope U2 knows they are making a lot of new fans that are a lot younger than they had anticipated!

My kids too. 10 and 6 year old both sing "when the lights go out, its time to go to bed, silent reading's over now". Classic.

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Well...little update,,,

As angelofharlem4u2 said, I'm enjoying the war taking place over this record in reviews, forums, youtube, the feedback is out of control.

'One of the Best' or 'U2's Dirty(est) Day' and no line on the horizon for the middle ground! Many complain there's too much slow dancing, but I think it's a magnificent

record.

So I switched out The Showman, and putting Book of your Heart into the heart of the record changed the experience for me.

So as we head into winter, I wish you all stay warm and don't get too numb this holiday season.

Now it's time for my disappearing act.

>>>>Exit.

 

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This is a fantastic album, so varied and rich in substance and quality of the music.  I have been listening to it nonstop and during my work commutes and I cannot wait to hear this album live!

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This album is a "gift" and what a great present to open before Christmas. Fitting that "gift" is also the name of the poem that Bono quotes before the performance of Get Out Of Your Own Way in Trafalgar Square.  I looked this one up, it's by a Polish poet and it's beautiful.  http://www.u2.com/news/title/in-london-for-the-mtvemas

Gift
A day so happy.
Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden.
Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers.
There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess.
I knew no one worth my envying him.
Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot.
To think that once I was the same man did not embarrass me.
In my body I felt no pain.
When straightening up, I saw the blue sea and sails.
Czesław Miłosz
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12 hours ago, globaltraveler said:

Isn't that funny?  That is the song my 4 year keeps asking me to play.  I'm not sure how little kids connect with that song but I think it's great.  When she was 2 she loved "Every Breaking Wave" and "Song For Someone," I hope U2 knows they are making a lot of new fans that are a lot younger than they had anticipated!

That is funny.  My little one thinks Blackout is a bedtime song!  It has a concrete verse she can understand:  "When the lights go out."  LOL.  When she was 2, she used to dance like a little elf to "California." That was the one she would ask for over and over.  My 10 year old, however, prefers the Beatles (I won't complain) and was at least kind enough to say to me politely, "Is this the new U2, mom?  It's nice."  

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I have listened to the album many times now and decided to put in on "shuffle" in the car...big mistake. The order that the band have chosen just "feels" right and "sounds" right. When you shuffle it, it strays away from being an "album" and becomes just a bunch of songs, some of which are quite jarring when you don't know they are coming.

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Nice that people can give their opinions on the album.  I would too if I had it.  5 days after release and still nothing form U2.COM.  Hate saying it but my opinion of U2 is deteriorating rapidly.  Well Bono may thank us for giving them a great life.  It appears he is just paying us lip service as he looks for another East European shopping centre to invest his spare millions in.   They charge crazy prices for tickets and then take pre orders for albums that they don't fulfill in a timely fashion.  

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8 hours ago, brendo1704 said:

My kids too. 10 and 6 year old both sing "when the lights go out, its time to go to bed, silent reading's over now". Classic.

Oh that's great. I sang those lines to my 5 and 10 year old today, along with the song while we were listening, and thought it was hilarious and fantastic.  

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1 hour ago, malaboo said:

I have listened to the album many times now and decided to put in on "shuffle" in the car...big mistake. The order that the band have chosen just "feels" right and "sounds" right. When you shuffle it, it strays away from being an "album" and becomes just a bunch of songs, some of which are quite jarring when you don't know they are coming.

That is one thing, one of the many things, I love about this album. I agree, it is very intentional in its sequence, and putting Little Things,  directly after The Showman is completely brilliant.  

"The showman gives you front row to his heart
The showman prays his heartache will chart
Making a spectacle of falling apart
Is just the start of the show oh" 

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1 hour ago, dermo said:

Nice that people can give their opinions on the album.  I would too if I had it.  5 days after release and still nothing form U2.COM.  Hate saying it but my opinion of U2 is deteriorating rapidly.  Well Bono may thank us for giving them a great life.  It appears he is just paying us lip service as he looks for another East European shopping centre to invest his spare millions in.   They charge crazy prices for tickets and then take pre orders for albums that they don't fulfill in a timely fashion.  

I know, it's frustrating. I haven't gotten any CDs yet (and I bought a number of tickets), and the download I was able to get from Ticketmaster/U2.com was in a format that I could only get onto my desktop and couldn't get into iTunes or onto my phone which is how I listen....so....I just paid the money to get it off iTunes. Yes the delivery is an issue but once I had the album in hand it all melted away, because it's SO good.  I just can't let the delivery problems sour it.  

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I am falling more and more in love with it every listen.   And that's a lot of listens so far.  

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On 12/1/2017 at 1:08 PM, peterferris8 said:

the reinterpretation of the outro of Iris

Thank you for this! I knew that was familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it.   Tying together a song about his mother's death to a song about his own brush with mortality.  At the moment this is my favorite song on the album, but that usually shifts around as I listen more. (Then I think, "Ooh, no THIS one's the best.  No wait...this one.)  Free yourself to be yourself if only you could see yourself.  I remember that feeling looming large after my father died - that time is short and what's with all this hiding.  Except I had a line from Champions of Red Wine (New Pornographers)  stuck on a loop in my head - "I think we could save lives, if we don't live them way undercover."

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6 hours ago, dermo said:

Nice that people can give their opinions on the album.  I would too if I had it.  5 days after release and still nothing form U2.COM.

Dermo, you arent missing anything. Beware of the even bigger disappointment when you actually HEAR the new album.

What can one expect from an album with 8 boyband producers, 9 different mixers, recorded in 10 places.

Compare that to the Joshua Tree with 2 producers, 1 mixer, recorded in 1 place...

Less is more....

 

 

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While I am certainly no fan of having producers like Ryan Tedder on this album (and the last one), I have to say I'm enjoying it more and more with every listen.

Little snippets go through my head of every song long after I've stopped listening (yes, this is a positive thing, i.e., the hooks are working). Every day a different song attracts my attention, and yet one of the songs I look forward to hearing the most is the single (Adam and Larry rule in that song).

More later - a lot of these songs will sound great live...

 

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