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Hey, can't 'Like' any moar posts because this site operates according to Newton's arrow of time.

So I'll 'Like' your post verbally Manohlive. (LOL that'll teach them...whoever 'they' are...Newtonians?).

However, why not just say Eno, when you are talking about Eno.? Otherwise, yeah, there's no sonic discord on this record.....except that one thing that is killing me....

In the song The Showman, there's a lead into the chorus with a stray 'I' just hanging there...is that a rush job that got missed? Or do producers at this level just let that kind of thing slide?

 

 

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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, unforgettableu2 said:

JCF....

It's weird....but ever since I listened to U2(since 1983/12 years old).....I understood them......like I was wearing their skin......breathing/exhaling the same air....

I feel as you do.....but, you know.....Bono has been asking these same spiritually intimate questions since the beginning.

He is conflicted with his will to create art and his perceived calling to serve others & God. This very notion was challenged with Larry and Edge when they where in the shalom fellowship, in Dublin.(Adam didn't belong). They almost broke up because the Shalom group challenged them and said Rock bands and God don't mix.  They obviously challenged that narrow notion....in that religion & spirituality are two separate things......and religion often gets in the way of GOD.

Adam wanted no part of religious dogma..... but wanted to be in the band. That is how U2 became the most coolest spiritual/anti-religion rock band in the world.:Zoo_Angel:

Bono fights with this, I believe....He still puts action and servitude into his devout christian beliefs..... through the music and his service for others. But, the rock culture is full of temptation, greed, doubt, idolatry, sex, drugs....and just plain self-indulgence.

I don't think Bono has found what he is looking for yet.....???? But, do we ever? 

 

Yes to all! I was just a few years behind you, "waking up" to U2 at age 12 with Joshua Tree in 1987...and I have never gone back....yes, Bono's intense spiritual journey is one of the things that speaks to me so much in their music, and in his work.  

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I am holding two physical copies of SOE.  They are from purchasing two tickets.  I chose physical copies instead of digital downloads in the email which came a couple days after the first presale on Nov 14.  They were sent DHL but switched to USPS and were in my mailbox and packaged in corrugated cardboard.  This information is being posted for those who are wondering about their cds.  I was lucky.  I got tix in the presale.  My tickets came about a week after the presale.  My point is I think that those of us getting the cds today are probably the first batch.  The cd part of the presale went quickly, which came as a surprise. 

Sadly, they are not the bonus cd.  I don't understand that.  I like the strings/alternate version of Lights of Home for the album more than the one on the album  I'll download the sting version of Lights of Home and substitute it for the album version and burn that one.  I like the guitar/rhythm of the album version, however; that string version works so much better when put into the album as a whole...in my humble opinion.  wow.  I saw them in June for a tour I wasn't too keen on to begin.  Loved the show.  Now I'm holding SOE in my hands with tickets to the first night's show of a brand new tour and it's less than a year later as will be the actual show.  I love it.

It would be so easy to criticize them for not giving us the bonus cd but I don't care.  I don't want to criticize them right now.  I'm in love with them yet again!

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5 hours ago, razspazz said:

However, why not just say Eno, when you are talking about Eno.?

I love Brian Eno.  His cd, Before and After Science, still lulls me to sleep or calms me down if I'm hyper.  He is an amazing musician/producer.  I did not say Brian Eno because we all know that story.  It was for, shall we say...dramatic indifference?  :)   It's a great story and Streets made the cd and we know they're gonna play it live so it's all good.  Thank you for the like.  I was going to like your comment but it seems pretty self indulgent to like a comment because it likes mine. You have a like sent through the radio waves of space instead.

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1 hour ago, JCF said:

Yes to all! I was just a few years behind you, "waking up" to U2 at age 12 with Joshua Tree in 1987...and I have never gone back....yes, Bono's intense spiritual journey is one of the things that speaks to me so much in their music, and in his work.

That is why I will, begrudgingly, sacrifice and pay $300 or more to see this band live.  There are a couple bands I love seeing live, and probably get equally excited.  U2 is the only band I see live and it's like I'm picked up by the powers that be and flung into orbit only to be gently placed back upon our Earth when it's over.  I don't know how else to describe it.  There is nothing like U2 when they roar.

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10 hours ago, Manohlive said:

I saw Noel and the boys in Milwaukee, WI USA.  They sounded incredible.  He's funny.  I've never seen a rock star make his fans laugh by insulting the lot of them in concert.  He was literally calling people dumb f##ks.  They laughed.  It was great.  I love Noel Gallagher.  He was being heckled and never missed a beat with a great one line comeback and they were all funny.  He's a cock but he's so good at it and that magical music. I'm loving his new solo cd and the new High Flying Birds cd and cannot wait until they return.  There were a bunch of English people who were following his shows.  He even called them losers (or something of the sort) for doing that.  He's always been one of my favorites but having seen him live with the HFB made me an even bigger fan.

I'm seeing Noel in Brighton (UK) in April. Can't wait for the banter, which I felt he held back a bit at Twickenham with U2 for reasons obvious... He was good at Twickenham, but better when I saw him headlining Clapham in 2015 :P Also like his new album, even more so for the fact that he wrote it all himself, unlike Liam... B)

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39 minutes ago, peterferris8 said:

I'm seeing Noel in Brighton (UK) in April. Can't wait for the banter, which I felt he held back a bit at Twickenham with U2 for reasons obvious... He was good at Twickenham, but better when I saw him headlining Clapham in 2015 :P Also like his new album, even more so for the fact that he wrote it all himself, unlike Liam... B)

I was thrilled to be in attendance in Oakland in 1997 for the only dates on the PopMart tour that featured Oasis as the opener.  I remember being surprised that not many people in the crowd knew more than one or two of their songs, because I was totally into them.

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12 hours ago, Manohlive said:

How are there 8 boyband producers on this album?  If one of whom you speak is Ryan Tedder; he is far, far, far from a boyband producer.  I've seen him live, with One Republic, live quite a few times and that guy has major talent. The whole band is great live. 

I disagree with you.  I think using different influences makes for different styles and they were able to weave them all into a very solid and coherent album.  If they keep to the same producers/sound then they are old and tired.  If they stretch in different directions then they are not staying true to the band that they were. These are the most common complaints I hear and read about new music from bands.

I also think that this album is scaled back compared to some of their previous works.

They may have had less producers for TJT but let's not forget that one producer had to pretty much be tackled because he was about to erase Streets.  Some times more is less.  I'm not criticizing you.  I'm respectfully disagreeing.  I have to be honest in saying I don't like the 8 boyband producers comment.  I've paid no attention to who did what.  That will come later for me.  Right now I'm listening to the album and not worrying about who did what.  It does not sound like there are too many cooks in the kitchen.  It sounds like there was a master chef.  mho    I love the new album. 

Those are not my words.i quoted someones post with my own comment.

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