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On 11/18/2017 at 11:02 PM, hope3702 said:

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 You Away and this could be one of their best which is incredible after all these years.  And from a live show perspective these will all sound really good live. Especially Blackout. 

I love Black out as well....has a Achtung Baby vibe........or even a little bullet the blue sky from JT

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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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I'm loving it.

Although I find it lame that pre-ordering the LP from u2.com couldn't (or wouldn't) ship it to arrive by street date. I could have ordered from any other on-line retailer and had it delivered today (for cheaper, I'm learning) I won't get until Monday. Very weak...

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So, so happy this morning. I popped in my earbuds before the kids woke up and took an hour of uninterrupted happiness, listening to the album top-to-bottom, every lyric and guitar lick. I'm emotional these days anyway, but was surprised to find tears streaming down my face a couple of times. I'm loving some of the Edge's work this time and already I'm finding myself getting super addicted to this album! The only thing that would make me happier is scoring tickets to bring my husband and son to a show!! 

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25 minutes ago, gpmalecki said:

I'm loving it.

Although I find it lame that pre-ordering the LP from u2.com couldn't (or wouldn't) ship it to arrive by street date. I could have ordered from any other on-line retailer and had it delivered today (for cheaper, I'm learning) I won't get until Monday. Very weak...

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?? 

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Ok, what gives here.  I have pre-ordered the Super Deluxe or what ever it is called, have 4 CD's on the way with for ticket purchases.  None of which came with a digital download code!

So I went online to purchase and download so my wife and I can listen to it today.  Amazon.ca (Canadian) does not have it digitally.  Went to Amazon.com, it won't let me purchase it because my credit card does not have an american address attached to it. Despite buying on amazon.com previously.

 

This is crazy as I am willing to pay for the download!!!!

ANY SUGGESTIONS!!!!

 

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Thought I'd make this thread so everyone can post their thoughts on the new album. I'll get the ball rolling. 

There's a vitality to this album I haven't heard from U2 in a while. It's a solid great album, but there are one or two things that if taken out or altered I feel it could be better. 

Love Is All We Have Left - this track has a kind of 'prologue' feel to it which I haven't really gotten from a U2 album opener before. Quite enjoyed how different it is texturally from your average U2 song - hearing Bono's voice put through some vocoder effects was cool. There's something almost post-apocalyptic about the lyrics. 

Lights of Home - what a fantastic little stomper, this one. Loved the backing vocals and guitar samples from HAIM, and the reinterpretation of the outro of Iris. 

You're the Best Thing About Me - having heard the whole album now this song suffers a bit. Feels a bit cheesy, but I'm still totally here for Edge's guitar during the chorus. 

Get Out Of Your Own Way - another great little rock stomper, got a bit of HTDAAB vibe going on. Plus, gotta love a bit of Kendrick in the outro. 

American Soul - again, Kendrick's intro is awesome. There's a lot more stompers on this album than there were on SOI, but on this one I think the chorus feels a bit empty when it should really be hitting full throttle. If Edge hit the guitars on the chorus as hard as he did when it was the bridge on Volcano I'd probably like it a bit more. 

Summer of Love - I quite liked how stripped-down this was compared to the rest of the album. Could see it sending people to the bars during a show though. 

Red Flag Day - have to admit, I cringed really hard at this track, especially the chorus. It's unpleasantly reminiscent of mid-career slump-era Red Hot Chili Peppers. Probably my least favourite U2 song since Get On Your Boots. 

The Showman (Little More Better) - a bit better than RFD but honestly this was a meh. I thought it was all downhill from here at this stage! 

The Little Things That Give You Away - I was instantly proven wrong about it being downhill from here. I was on the train when I was first listening to the album and I uncontrollably started crying. Thanks a lot for that boys. :P This is the most stunningly, beautifully amazing U2 song I've heard this side of Pop. When I heard Bono singing the same lyrics on this as he sang when they played it on Jimmy Kimmel ("All my thoughts are so reckless", "When the painted glass shatters and you're the only thing that matters/But I can see you through the tears") I internally punched the air, because I MUCH preferred those lyrics to the ones he was singing on The Joshua Tree tour! 

Landlady - probably my third favourite track on the album. What a beautiful little love song to Ali. 

The Blackout - I can definitely see this one as a show opener. I don't think Bono's been so bluntly political in a while but frankly there's never been a more appropriate time than right now. Adam's bass playing definitely shines on this one. 

Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way - still not sure on this one. Feels like it tries a bit too hard to be "big" and "anthemic" whereas on U2's best big anthems that comes naturally. 

13 (There Is a Light) - what a beautiful way to end the album. The lyrics from Song For Someone actually sound better here than they do on the original song. Especially when Bono adds "Someone like me..." Could see this making a good stripped down piano version when they play it live. 

Book Of Your Heart - really good track, gives me a similar vibe to some of The National's new songs. Hope they play it live at some point. 

So, overall it's another solid U2 album, but honestly some of the issues I have with it (looking at YOU, Red Flag Day) hold it back from being my album of the year. Nevertheless, bring on the E&I tour, if I actually manage to get tickets... 

7/10

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I was able to get 2 tickets for the upcoming tour. Part of that purchase includes a cd of SOE. I am NOT happy about that! I don't need 2 copies of the cd! Not only that, but they won't arrive at my house until Dec 6. Not Dec 1, Dec 6! I would have much preferred a lower ticket price, and the option of going out today to my local record store and buying the music myself so that I can hear it today!

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I think the record sounds fantastic.  I love the lyrics,  but musically it is off the charts. The co-MVP's on this one are Edge and Adam. Edge is just on another level with this record, and Adam's bass sounds incredible. Maybe it's the way it's been mixed, but I don't know of any other album, at least post War, where the bass is featured so prominently. There is just one song that really stands out as not belonging, but I'm not going to dwell on the negative. 12 of the 13 are just gorgeous tunes. Lights of Home, Red Flag Day, Summer of Love, Landlady are all early standouts, and I imagine Little Things will be on their setlist until they stop playing. Just brilliant work. Thanks guys. Can't wait to see the tour. 

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