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About yardie

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Interests
    Play guitar. Love eating out when I can with the family. Do a little cycling.
  • Favourite U2 Album
    Joshua Tree, has to be.
  • Favourite U2 Single
    A Sort Of Homecoming
  • First U2 Gig
    Dublin,June 1987, ye olde Croke Park
  • Recent U2 Gig
    Madison Square Garden, 30th July,2015. Belfast, November, 2015. JT30, Coke Park, Dubs, 22nd July, 2017.
  • Best U2 Gig
    Belfast, SEC Arena, November 2015.
  • Favourite U2 Person
    Edge, simple but effective.lol - like me.
  • Fav. Other Bands
    list is endless - broad taste.

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  1. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    This one??
  2. 'All the promises we made…'

    This is so beautiful. So proud that the rest of the world understands the longing, the nothing, the beauty, the everything.
  3. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Red Flag Day - so pure, so great to listen too. This IS an album.
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Love, and Love is all we have left. I'm getting it now. Bliss. Book of Your Heart should have opened this album. This is such a great album. So many great tracks revealing themselves.
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Crying now (briefly). 13 killing me, then shuffling to Landlady. This is an amazing album. So, so , so many levels ........................................every soul that left me, every heart that kept me.............
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Posted my early thoughts on the 'shaping up to be a gem' thread.
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Jesus wept! It's all about the bass.
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Heartland, and Edge sliding down the banks of the Mississippi on his arse. Nice.
  9. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Take it all back, CD arrived this morning too! Only a day late. Today will be about volume control.
  10. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Ok. Firstly it's only my opinion after a day of listening intently - and it's only a day. This however, for me is the best work the band have produced as a collective piece of work in many many years. Opinions are just that of course and I will not dismiss the fantastic tracks that appear on every U2 release that has been and gone (but never forever). Songs of Experience is a thumbs up from me. Love is All we Have Left - I'm not a massive fan of auto-tuning voices either (bit like the guy from the newspaper). It's a 'nice' track, but I do really continue to feel it is misplaced on the album. Anyhow, we'll get to that later. Lights of Home - It starts ok, but again, slightly disappointed in the opening choices. However, this wakes up for me when Edge kicks in with the slide guitar. "If only you could see yourself, If only you could free yourself to be yourself." Amen - and we're off! You're the best thing about me - Love the opening rhythm riff by Edge, love Adams bassline fuzz kicking in and limited use of the snare drum by Larry works really well. It's a catchy tune, and one I've like from day 1 along with the video. A band having fun. "shootin' off my mouth, that's another great thing about me...." Self awareness to the fore there then! Edge taking a bit of lead vocal there too - always good. Get Out of Your Own Way - this is just a simply great track, a U2 tune that puts a big fat smile on my face. Cue the bassline - enter Adam again - "love has got to fight for its existance" - sure as hell does. "I can help you, but it's your fight." ...and a great segway (potentially my little highlight of the album ) into.... "blessed are the bullies, 'cause one day they will have to stand up to themselves." American Soul - currently taking the lead as my favourite track on the album "look around, look around, look around, it's a sound" - I'm nearly waiting for an invisible army to come knocking at my back door I'm getting so hyped up. Great riff, great effects on guitar by Edge yet again. Who is 'Brother John?" "You and I are Rock n Roll." Loving the last chorus and that pulsating high tone - like a warning signal - maybe it's a warning to us all. Summer of Love - the opening bars really remind me of another song by another artist - anyways... "West Coast" of where ...Ireland? California? - please tell. Beautiful chorus though and nice tune overall, easy listening - reminiscent of / with tones of 'Wild Honey' from back in the day. Red Flag Day - funky opening, catchy tune - maybe this one could have opened the album? No? Just me? I like it but I dont think its one of those ones you'll hear beyond the studio version. The Showman - a bit like the last one, and the one before. Yup 6,7 and 8 have that sort of catch thing going on - someone else mentioned 'The Beatles' somewhere - and I'm kinda waiting for 'oh, la ,la la's' slipping in there. This one is good though in a fingers tapping the steering wheel kinda way. "Chasing the sunlight, that's why I'm staying up all night." - oh yeah, got that t-shirt. Little Things - definitely has ancestry in 'Winter' - no bad thing. Dreamy lyrics at the start.... "High above the storm, a hurricane being born." "Sometimes, I cant believe my existence"....."All my thoughts are so reckless." A track full of great lyrics, U2 pulsating to a finish with Edge doing what he does best. Landlady - "No road without a turn, and if there was it would be too long". Definitely one I can drift through in a nice way - breaking into a lovely close on 3 mins - "every magic potion, every false emotion." The Blackout - I'm in a love/ hate relationship with this track at the moment. Give me time. It's a great chorus without a shadow of a doubt, I'm just not sure about the rest of it. It did however take me months to like ' Bullet the Blue Sky" so there is hope. Yes, two completely different songs, just sayin' it could take that long. Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way - I just love this big, fat, juicy plum of a tune - Phil Spector is in the house here somewhere surely. Bono reaching for notes in the sky, Larry skip beating on the drums. Look, it's just a bloody great tune, not overly complicated - it feels good, its melodic - Love is just a bigger feeling than anything OK! Makes me smile! There is a Light - Whoah, that was my sig on here for some time after the release of SOI as 'song for someone' took me back so much to my mothers passing in 2013 - this is a good though. "There is a light you cant always see"....."There is a light, don't let it go out" - beautiful. Tones dare I say of Willie Nelson in this - sorry Bono. "Are you tough enough to be kind, do you know your heart has it's own mind." This is a nice closer to the standard CD. Book of Your Heart - Great track - which takes me back to the start. I might, had it been up to me, opened the album with this track. Mysterious and beautifully crafted work of art.. "THE CONTRACT OF THE HEART" Great work U2 - It's a long way from Boy. Great early vibes from this one. Looking forward to the tour next year or whenever!
  11. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yep, that is disappointing. I was hoping mine would arrive today as it says 'shipped' the day after I ordered about 4 weeks ago now. I was going to go to a local store earlier today - then saw spotify were streaming. So that'll do for now. Takes 3 days for a parcel to get from my house(NI/UK), to my uncles house in North Eastern Ohio. Go figure??
  12. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Well postman hasn't been yet, so haven't managed to crank up the decibels in the car yet (yup, still young at heart.) However, couple of run throughs on Spotify and think as an album this is pieced together pretty damn good. Not sure about 'love is all....' as an opener, something a bit more punchier for me would have worked better, but in the fullness of time I'm sure there'll be a reason. A minor personal critique. Think the rest is just bang on the money. 'Get out of your own way' into 'American Soul' a real highlight with the later really growing into a superb track. Call me old fashioned, but I just love a good old fashioned big U2 tune and with 'Love is bigger....'.... well, I'm already singing (or wailing morelike) that one in the shower earlier!! That's just my initial thoughts. Thanks for the music U2.
  13. Joshua Tree dvd?

    Dunno. This multi cam of Dublin is 'pretty damned cool' though. Possibly the best I've seen. Enjoy.
  14. Last tour (ex JT 30) on Songs of Innocence, the band were, to echo Manolive, in great form. There is such a rich vein of doom n gloom that surround those that no longer see U2 as 'relevant'. They remain very relevant as is evident in ticket sales etc etc - yeah, remember them - that's people still wanting to see them , buying tickets! My favourite show was once such n such, but it was very definitely seeing them live indoors in Belfast (2015) - not because it was, for the first time in a very long time, close to home - but because they were very good live - and remained so this year as they toured JT. Nobody goes on forever though, hard fact to take for us all if we dwell too long - but we're blessed that we have had these 4 guys for so long. That's special, and very endearing. You feel, or at least I do, that you've grown up with them even though I don't actually know them personally. Let's just go along with whatever. Nothing lasts forever.
  15. 1) A new album that delivers 2) European tour announcements 3) An hour with Edge on a guitar sesh! (strictly no touching!!! so un-cool)