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  1. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Songs of experience meets Disney Pixar.......
  2. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Its interesting to go back and look at reviews from U2's earlier stuff. Two stand out as super interesting - JT and UF. For UF - rolling stone said Eno was an unecessary extra. There was also a comment about the album just going on and on and leaving many fans asking what happened. For JT - rolling stone said that it was not quite a return to the fire of war..but a step in the right direction. Also said there were no sure fire hits on the albu.m. No real point to this post. Just interesting to browse back.
  3. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    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.
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    The way I see it, this band is in an unprecedented position. There is no benchmark. How many bands have been around for this long, generating new material that really does span generations? This is possibly why they are so polarizing. I also find that depending on the stage of my life, the albums have different meaning to me - and that is cool. There is nothing wrong with being your own influence (as opposed to recycling ideas) in order to break new ground. I believe we all do that. The whole concept of an album is different nowadays, as is our way of experiencing them (I used to have to fight my mother and sisters for the turntable in the eighties). A lot of bands sell collections of songs and some sell albums - I prefer the albums and this band consistently puts them out. SoE is a good-un for me.
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    A sign of a good album. Every track evokes something.
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I am in the same boat. I also ordered on pre-order and it only left the US on 29th. So, my initial listening was via spotify, followed by a download from iTunes (Amazon wouldn't let me because I don't live in the US). I actually drew this before the release to suggest another "world first release".
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Really how to describe? U2 meets Randy Newman meets Tory Amos meets The Cure meets the Beatles meets....I dunno..just a great listen! I
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    no. I am in Singapore and according to the shipping it only shipped on 29th - so add 10 days. I ended up buying from iTunes just now, which I am OK with because the new albums generally take a week to hit here anyway.
  9. can't wait to check the mailbox tomorrow.
  10. New U2 song American Soul released on Spotify

    I love how it starts up with Kendrick Lamar who ends the previous song. Whether you love the new songs or not, few bands put out cohesive "albums" nowadays and the songs played together will always have a different feel to those played on their own. Can't wait.
  11. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    Yep.. All this negativity around the pre-sales is astounding to me. How did we become such a self-important society that people we feel we are owed something for choosing to spend our money on music, merchandise and fan clubs. No matter where you look, someone is a bigger, more loyal fan than yourself. Perhaps that person has never had the opportunity or cash to attend a single concert. Is that person less deserving? Statements such as “I have been a fan for 30 years and therefore I am owed a code” when you have ultimately chosen to spend your dollars on (let’s face it) yourself….is incomprehensible to me. I don’t think any of us buy any piece of merchandise or attend a show thinking “There you go boys…enjoy the cash!” as opposed to feeling satisfaction for ourselves.
  12. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    I am sorry to hear people missed out due to technical glitches etc, but I am guessing even having a code doesn’t guarantee a ticket…doesn’t it just make you more competitive? Surely even with a code, does the demand outweigh the availability? Genuinely no idea about this because the last time I saw U2 was before the days of the presales and they NEVER come to the region where I live! It seems sensible to offer a refund to people who missed out because of a technical glitch - new things are being tried here and there will be bugs to iron out, so to say it is just a money making exercise could be considered a bit unfair. I equate joining up to get in the presales to paying a bit like paying more for a lotto ticket with a couple of extra numbers - at the end of the day it is a choice and if successful the reward outweighs the risk . On a different note, after seeing Zootopia going “to have a bit of a lie down”, I took a moment to reflect and asked myself what I would miss if wasn’t there. Why do I even pay a subscription fee? Personally, there is more on offer here than a ticket code. If you read above, I clearly don't pay for the presales. The subscription gifts (I tend not to buy deluxe anything because my kids tend to suck all my disposable income right out of me) are nice and usually pretty good quality. I also pay to meet people in the forums and have some fun with cartooning and bad puns. Of course I also pay because it gives me a chance to get a ticket if (a big if) the band decides to ever visit this part of the world – that is a bonus. I am not lucky enough to have seen 60+ shows in my 35-ish years as a fan (someone on social media was complaining on missing out having seen 66 shows over a similar time period..and saying she deserved better from the band. 66 shows!!! wow!), so perhaps I am more used to missing out and can keep perspective. For me the subscription is a cool way of somehow getting closer to the buzz without actually being there – get together with like-minded people who gather in a (cyber)space and enjoy it all together. I applaud the Zootopia mods, who do a great job in organizing the live feeds when a show is on, and for all the work they put into the community – it is pretty cool really and I am very grateful for it. So for me, the subscription is valuable even without the presale. If the fun runs out and I choose not to pay, then I will probably end up spending that money on Lego, which I would end up standing on in the middle of the night when i go check on the kids. Clearly I think is money better spent!