[quote name='pain_18_ wrote:
Fortitude']Every Breaking Wave is the only song that had potential - all the rest, including the hugely over-rated Mercy, are nothing more than b-sides.
Options for the next sound direction:
(i) Strip the sound down - similar to the more abrasive sound of the War album - get rid of all the pretty tricks and swirling echoes from Eno - Edge has to be prominent and not underplay like he did on NLOTH - include some other instruments like trumpet, sax, violin on some songs. World tour in arenas.
(ii) Californian-punk oriented, maybe include a soft metal song (or two) - faster tempos, heavier guitar, keep Adam's groovy bass lines in places. World tour in arenas - Would give them opportunity to play at more music festivals.
(iii) Jazz-oriented - include bursts of piano/keyboard, sax, flute - Bono can show off his new-found vocal style more, funky Clayton bass lines and experimental drum patterns from Larry - maybe a few duets with artists like Norah Jones, Sting, Kylie Minogue, k.d. Lang. Would not necessarily be an album that is toured on a grand World-wide scale.
(iv) Passengers II - not to be released as a U2 album - completely experimental with a mix of different styles (alternative rock a.k.a. Radiohead-like, jazz, ambient, dance, techno, R&B, flamenco, middle eastern, tribal, SE Asian) - would not be toured.
Personally, I like option 2 or 3 as they represent things U2 haven't really done too much in the past.
Option 2 would let them come back harder hitting and allow them to capitalise on the growing frustration and anger out there in Gen Y (and X) with the way the governments/economies of the Western World are heading - they can push a wider social justice agenda than just focusing on Africa. Option 3 would be completely unexpected and could either be really well received and demonstrate U2 are still willing to take risks and push themselves into new directions, OR, it could backfire completely and push them more towards the irrelevance Bono keeps banging on about - but if you look at their previous flirtations with jazz (e.g. Two shots of happy, one shot of sad, Please, Angel of Harlem, Bono's duet with Frank S I've got you under my skin), I think it could actually kick butt.
In my Opinion it will be none of the above..and WHAT THE FECK is up with Kylie mInogue? Are you crazy??? Frank Sinatra CAN'T even BE mentioned in the same text with that B***H...!!
Thanks for your opinion, but it's just that, an opinion. Kylie's voice would compliment Bono's, especially in a jazz number - she and Bono have sang together live before. Just throwing ideas out there - the band are giving me the impression they have no clue what they want to do next.
Sydney Entertainment Centre 12 November 2006 (on a night in between U2 stadium shows)