Thoughts on this- SOI album of year

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 10:38:29 PM »
Not a surprise.  Listen I like SOI but I'm a fan; it's certainly not an album that was going to win over a bunch of new fans. Rolling Stone gives U2 a lot of love based on past glory.
Hold on, people! The man's talking about waste management. That affects the whole damn planet.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2017, 10:56:40 PM »
There were lots of great albums that year. For the album having only been out a few months, I was quite surprised.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2017, 05:47:24 AM »
I would imagine even the fiercest u2 fan would concede it really wasn't the album of the year for 2014....

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2017, 12:18:00 PM »
I read Uproxx a lot even though they have their hipster spin on everything which i can't stand- and i think everyone already knows my thoughts on Rolling Stone.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2017, 12:19:31 PM »
I read Uproxx a lot even though they have their hipster spin on everything which i can't stand- and i think everyone already knows my thoughts on Rolling Stone.
and this article kind of confirms what i was saying for years. i just didn't know the reasons why.  wow.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2017, 01:09:28 PM »
2014 was an amazing year for music. While I don't personally believe SOI was the best of that year, it was in my upper tier and it's still a strong album.

Rolling Stone is known for endlessly praising both U2 and Springsteen, who garner stellar reviews regardless of the quality of their content. When I saw them give Working on a Dream five stars and list High Hopes as one of the best albums of the year, I knew it was all a crock. I love Springsteen but those two albums rank among his worst.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2017, 01:56:07 PM »
2014 was an amazing year for music. While I don't personally believe SOI was the best of that year, it was in my upper tier and it's still a strong album.

Rolling Stone is known for endlessly praising both U2 and Springsteen, who garner stellar reviews regardless of the quality of their content. When I saw them give Working on a Dream five stars and list High Hopes as one of the best albums of the year, I knew it was all a crock. I love Springsteen but those two albums rank among his worst.

As a person who thinks SOI is a solid album, the RS reviews are just way over the top.  However, it seemed like other outlets (NME, Pitchfork) just trashed SOI because trashing anything U2 did was really cool in 2014*.  So where is the balanced, happy medium? Probably nowhere to be found on the internet - no clicks to be generated that way.

*Duly noted that U2's release of SOI was idiotic and the finger-touch moment with iTimCook was off the charts on the embarrasment scale.
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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2017, 02:44:27 PM »

As a person who thinks SOI is a solid album, the RS reviews are just way over the top.  However, it seemed like other outlets (NME, Pitchfork) just trashed SOI because trashing anything U2 did was really cool in 2014*.  So where is the balanced, happy medium? Probably nowhere to be found on the internet - no clicks to be generated that way.

*Duly noted that U2's release of SOI was idiotic and the finger-touch moment with iTimCook was off the charts on the embarrasment scale.

That's true. True criticism is rare these days, with people finding it easier (and more profitable) to either rip something to shreds or praise it endlessly. I didn't see too many reviews that were fair or coming from a place of objectivity. Granted, it's hard to be truly objective about a lot of things, but making the effort is part of balanced criticism. Most of these publications abandoned basic journalistic principles years ago.

The same thing occurs in the gaming community. Players often cite good reviews as paid-for or negative reviews being attributed to someone who must be terrible at the game and therefore gave it a negative score.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2017, 04:47:05 PM »
Bloody awful album - by some distance their worst

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 06:49:40 PM »
Bloody awful album - by some distance their worst

I don't want to get banned on my first post, so I'll bite my tongue and just say this:

EBW, Iris, Sleep Like A Baby, The Troubles... some of U2's best work.
The Edge: “[Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like [Zooropa]. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’”

U2 Fans: We'd all love to see that, Edge.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2017, 07:01:36 PM »
Bloody awful album - by some distance their worst

I don't want to get banned on my first post, so I'll bite my tongue and just say this:

EBW, Iris, Sleep Like A Baby, The Troubles... some of U2's best work.

Nice to see you, finally!

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2017, 07:07:48 PM »
I'm still posting at @U2 and I was wondering where everyone went! Wait, they didn't tell you @U2 is secretly open?
The Edge: “[Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like [Zooropa]. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’”

U2 Fans: We'd all love to see that, Edge.

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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2017, 07:11:01 PM »
Bloody awful album - by some distance their worst

I don't want to get banned on my first post, so I'll bite my tongue and just say this:

EBW, Iris, Sleep Like A Baby, The Troubles... some of U2's best work.

You won't get banned here for having a different opinion to someone else - you have the freedom to disagree with an opinion and if you wish enter into a discussion with that other person you disagree with...

I am a little confused as to why you feel disagreeing with someone elses opinion about something they think is bad and you think is good might lead to a ban....

Someone having an opinion that something is bad will not lead to condemnation from the admin and mod team about their opinion either.
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Re: Thoughts on this- SOI album of year
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2017, 07:14:20 PM »
Bloody awful album - by some distance their worst

I don't want to get banned on my first post, so I'll bite my tongue and just say this:

EBW, Iris, Sleep Like A Baby, The Troubles... some of U2's best work.

You won't get banned here for having a different opinion to someone else - you have the freedom to disagree with an opinion and if you wish enter into a discussion with that other person you disagree with...

I am a little confused as to why you feel disagreeing with someone elses opinion about something they think is bad and you think is good might lead to a ban....

Someone having an opinion that something is bad will not lead to condemnation from the admin and mod team about their opinion either.

He's become institutionalized, an tha. Can't blame the poor fellow!