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I've been a fan since 1984 and I think the last two records have been two of the strongest of the bands entire career. The I&E tour was utterly mind blowing. I saw the Joshua Tree tour in Rome and it showed how much confidence they currently have opening with a salvo of Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, and Bad and then straight into Streets. I hope the set for E&I focuses more heavily on post Joshua Tree period  - I'd love to hear a few tracks from Zooropa and Pop, as well as Acrobat (the eternal wish), and Love is Blindness. Book of your Heart, Ordinary Love, and practically anything from SOE with the exception of 'Love is bigger than anything in its way'. I'd bet a fair amount they'll open with 'Love is all we have left' and 'The Blackout'....

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I think this album is definitely one on their poorest.The best song on the album for me is Landlady that's an absolute belter of a song.The only others that I think are very good are TLTTGYA,Blackout,Lights of Home and LIBTAIIW.

YTBTAM for me is quite possibly U2's worst song.I think the music is passable and catchy but the lyrics are absolutely woeful,that will defo be a toilet/bar break moment for me on the tour.GOOYOW is excellent minus the actual title of the song in the chorus,That's what spoils it a bit for me I just don't think it works all that well.American Soul is just pure cringe for me also I can't take to it.The rest of the songs do nothing for me and just feel like fillers although 1 or 2 might be alot better live.

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On 1/10/2018 at 5:21 PM, economicformula said:

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 metaphorical mis-directions and I suspect, likely written quickly.

Someone else here mentioned it seemed rushed. I think there is immense difference in rushing or pushing something out and being deeply inspired.

If you experienced those moments, you know how the words, actions, art...whatever it might be, just 'write' themselves. This is an age 50 something- WAR

There is such anguish and despair. There is hope, but its not naïve and may not be optimism per se. Just hope or a personal prayer possibly. It exists but isn't a guaranteed save.

 We all know the U2 character - esp Bono's, well enough after all these years to appreciate, the man has such deep soul and empathy - and evidently, is a tough enough dude to just go after those people or situations that cause so much harm.

I am loving it now. I didn't initially. But in knowing where these tunes come from and not getting any younger myself, we have to consider the message, don't let evil win in your community or in the world. Call it out. I couldn't agree more. And so I sing these songs ( privately in my car ! - if you heard my voice you would appreciate that ) and they become 4 dimensional. Cheers.

I highlighted one line of yours because it is what is really catching me about the album, especially the end of what you wrote - lyrically, this is an album that Bono only could have written in very recent years. That is, these really are "Songs of Experience", with lyrics that one would need a lot of experience living to write convincingly. The suggestion given to Bono to "write as if you're dead" seems to have been followed very well.

I'll expound on the lyrics more later, but IMHO this is one of Bono's very best bits of writing. I really, really like the words (and the music :)

 

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On 10-1-2018 at 11:21 PM, economicformula said:

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 metaphorical mis-directions and I suspect, likely written quickly.

Someone else here mentioned it seemed rushed. I think there is immense difference in rushing or pushing something out and being deeply inspired.

If you experienced those moments, you know how the words, actions, art...whatever it might be, just 'write' themselves. This is an age 50 something- WAR

There is such anguish and despair. There is hope, but its not naïve and may not be optimism per se. Just hope or a personal prayer possibly. It exists but isn't a guaranteed save.

 We all know the U2 character - esp Bono's, well enough after all these years to appreciate, the man has such deep soul and empathy - and evidently, is a tough enough dude to just go after those people or situations that cause so much harm.

I am loving it now. I didn't initially. But in knowing where these tunes come from and not getting any younger myself, we have to consider the message, don't let evil win in your community or in the world. Call it out. I couldn't agree more. And so I sing these songs ( privately in my car ! - if you heard my voice you would appreciate that ) and they become 4 dimensional. Cheers.

Could be my words!! I feel exactly the same!!!
Even the part of singing in the car alone, haha.

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I love everything that been shared on the BBC Show.

Anyone knows when it will be available to stream in Nordic Countries?

This albums grows for every time one listen. Will be interesting to see what other songs they will perform together with the Experience album.

agree with sazshackle and stealthboy, interesting also to read what others share. :)

 

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On 18/01/2018 at 4:06 PM, King_Of_Kings said:

I think this album is definitely one on their poorest.The best song on the album for me is Landlady that's an absolute belter of a song.The only others that I think are very good are TLTTGYA,Blackout,Lights of Home and LIBTAIIW.

YTBTAM for me is quite possibly U2's worst song.I think the music is passable and catchy but the lyrics are absolutely woeful,that will defo be a toilet/bar break moment for me on the tour.GOOYOW is excellent minus the actual title of the song in the chorus,That's what spoils it a bit for me I just don't think it works all that well.American Soul is just pure cringe for me also I can't take to it.The rest of the songs do nothing for me and just feel like fillers although 1 or 2 might be alot better live.

songs 2-6 on SOE are just ok for me & I expect great songs from U2. the opening track & songs from 7-13 are great (though The Showman is an exception, it's ok not great) when I first heard YTBTAM I was like, 'this is what U2 have been saving up for us? wtf? but now it's grown on me and I don't mind it. the song that I think is possibly U2's worst song is GOOYOW, it is bloody awful! <_< a rehash of Beautiful Day. I thought Beautiful Day was an overrated song but GOOYOW sucks! a slow start that builds up to a chorus that I couldn't give 2 craps about. I can't believe the band chose this song as the next single!! what are they thinking? are they thinking??  also American Soul, music is good, lyrics utter shite! :Zoo_Baby:

Bono, I'm tired of your obsession with the USA dude. b*tchin' about politics again, please spare me. I know others will say 'well U2 have always been political' yeah, I know and I'm fine with that. if there's a song that works like SBS, Raised By Wolves, Bullet The Blue Sky, feck yeah bring it on like Donkey Kong! but American Soul, the lyrics are just a b*tch fest about the USA. I'm not even American and it annoys me. 

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The video for 'get out of your own way' is awful.

Like cartoon cut outs - no live features of the band.

What happened the roof top leaks in Mexico City where it felt like a video was being made, with excitement.

Not impressed at all - and feck the US president - we all know he's a dick!

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14 hours ago, BigBunny said:

songs 2-6 on SOE are just ok for me & I expect great songs from U2. the opening track & songs from 7-13 are great (though The Showman is an exception, it's ok not great) when I first heard YTBTAM I was like, 'this is what U2 have been saving up for us? wtf? but now it's grown on me and I don't mind it. the song that I think is possibly U2's worst song is GOOYOW, it is bloody awful! <_< a rehash of Beautiful Day. I thought Beautiful Day was an overrated song but GOOYOW sucks! a slow start that builds up to a chorus that I couldn't give 2 craps about. I can't believe the band chose this song as the next single!! what are they thinking? are they thinking??  also American Soul, music is good, lyrics utter shite! :Zoo_Baby:

Bono, I'm tired of your obsession with the USA dude. b*tchin' about politics again, please spare me. I know others will say 'well U2 have always been political' yeah, I know and I'm fine with that. if there's a song that works like SBS, Raised By Wolves, Bullet The Blue Sky, feck yeah bring it on like Donkey Kong! but American Soul, the lyrics are just a b*tch fest about the USA. I'm not even American and it annoys me. 

When I had the notification that you quoted my post I was half expecting it to be from a fanboy/girl trying to slate me for slating the album,so thanks for your honesty it's refreshing on here from what I've seen already.I've never noticed the Beautiful Day rehash for GOOYOW but it's defo ringing a bell now that you've mentioned it,and don't get me started on Beautiful Day,it's a good song but also overrated for me too.

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5 hours ago, King_Of_Kings said:

When I had the notification that you quoted my post I was half expecting it to be from a fanboy/girl trying to slate me for slating the album,so thanks for your honesty it's refreshing on here from what I've seen already.I've never noticed the Beautiful Day rehash for GOOYOW but it's defo ringing a bell now that you've mentioned it,and don't get me started on Beautiful Day,it's a good song but also overrated for me too.

I am no Fangirl, no worries there lol :D if U2 do a song that I think sucks, then I'll say so. how are the band going to improve if we all just say 'yay, this album is fantastic!!' we'll just get more of the same stuff.

David Bowie was still making great music in his 50's & 60's, now I know U2 aren't anywhere near his class but lift your game fellas. the 2nd half of this album is great but tracks 4 & 5 *urgh* <_<

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It’s been over a month since SOE  was released and I’m still struggling to see it as anything but mediocre. NLOTH is still a more complete and better album than the 2 following it.

By far from being great but nowhere near as bad as Pop I’m unconvinced that any of us will be raving about it and asking for songs from it to be played live in 10 years.

I would agree that it’s more of an album than SOI. All the elements work well together. It’s just that there’s so little passion and energy to it, Blackout being the one exception and Red Flag Day being the prime example of what I mean.

i do quite like Love is all We Have Left, Love is Bigger and Little things is ok but not a patch on other loved U2 anthems. GOOYOW makes a good album track but not really a single  and You’re the Best thing is just bland.

I’m hoping the songs like with all their previous releases will be taken to another level when it comes to the upcoming tour. I’ve been incredibly lucky to hear and see a lot of songs I never thought I would at TJT and I&E tours. I wonder what surprises there will be?

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