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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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I'm tending to agree. I recall in my late teens - this band released 'The Joshua Tree'. I recall hearing the first single lifted off the album - it was called 'With or Without You' (i know you know),

Lifelong fan and I can’t stop with the new songs. All of them are very solid. Blackout is fantastic so is Get out of your own way  into American Soul. Put in the amazing The Little Things That Give Yo

Any honest opinion is obviously legitimate , but one aspect of this album which I think is undeniable, is that it is an incredibly thoughtful album. It's incredibly honest, nuanced in some metaph

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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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