When u2 released......NLOTH

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When u2 released......NLOTH
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:34:18 PM »
Last in this series, we've already done 1980's Boy, 87's TJT and 97's Pop....

Now it is time for 2009's NLOTH.

So what was going on for you when u2 released NLOTH.

Will probably be the first one of these where people were active online and members of a forum etc.

Anyway - usual drill.....
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guest87

Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2018, 06:39:26 PM »
I joined a U2 forum on the strength of this album and the announcement of the 360 tour.


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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2018, 06:46:13 PM »
I went to Best Buy on the morning of release. I ended up buying the box set (not really worth the money but at the time it looked cool). While I was waiting to check out the guy behind me remarked that he didn't know there was a bigger set and was tempted to go get one himself. We spoke about the tours we'd seen for a few minutes and then later in the day I ended up winning a U2 trivia contest with our local Nashville radio station (Lightning 100, for my fellow Music City friends). It was a lot of fun and I ended up loving the album and still do, even if it doesn't rank quite as high for me nearly a decade later.

It was probably the last time that a U2 album was a major release event. You could meet local fans and stores would go all-out with U2 merch and sales. The last two albums felt like minor events by comparison.

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2018, 07:12:07 PM »
I bought the standard CD on the afternoon of release from my local Morrisons.

On first listen Magnificent and White as Snow stood out.




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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2018, 07:34:50 PM »
The first four songs on this album are pretty solid and rewarding,  the middle three just absolutely sink the album,  sadly.  It recovers afterwards but honestly it's not enough to save the album for me.  This was the first album where i can honestly say i wish it were just a couple of EP's instead.  U2 trying too hard to be hip and popular,  their age likely had something to do with this and the fear of not being relevant with the cool kids anymore.  It probably had some impact on their tour since they played in so many college campuses,  however those did make for some memorable shows like for instance Nashville. 

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2018, 10:28:40 PM »
some hard times were just starting. I needed that album, and it did not disappoint.

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2018, 11:03:30 PM »
My oldest was small and my youngest not born yet.

I download it and likes Get on your Boots and was blown away my Moment of Surender.
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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2018, 11:49:15 PM »
didnt know wtf was going on when Boots was released as the single but LOVED the first 4 songs when i got it. yea the middle 3 sucked and all that but anyways.

i've kept my opinion on it the same since then and was VERY happy with the setlists for the 2 shows i saw, the first being the more NLOTH heavy first leg then the second being the more 90s heavy third leg.

i listen to this playlist now
1. Soon
2. NLOTH
3. Mag
4. MOS
5. GOYB <Fish Out of Water remix>
6. Fez
7. Breathe
8. WAS
9. Winter <new version>
10. COL

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2018, 07:16:04 AM »
Had been living in the great southwest for awhile by this time...a good life. Then lost the job that I loved...rather hard, but it all was for the better. Started dog-sitting, love it...best job ever, even if it doesn't pay very well.

Was working on rebuilding my U2 collection, which had been destroyed when I was still "back east". Still hiding under my bed, but beginning to peek out on occasion. Getting there, getting there.

Stand Up Comedy helped. HA


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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2018, 02:26:48 PM »
I pre-ordered the deluxe edition and ended up listening to the full album on Myspace prior to the actual release and I remember not being overwhelmed but telling myself- it will probably grow on me over time.  It never did.  The opening of No Line the song I always liked and thought it was setting up an amazing track and album but to no avail.  This is probably the only album that I have actually disliked and am not afraid to bash openly.

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2018, 08:33:10 AM »
My enthusiasm had cooled after HTDAAB (buying the deluxe of that on release day) and after seeing the video for Boots, I was dismayed. I picked up the single CD for $10 in the cheap bin about a month after release. There was plenty of stock....and the box was cheap too.

I warmed to tracks like Fez, Magnificent and especially Moment of Surrender. I even liked Unknown Caller. Sadly the hated trio of bilge in the album's centre ruined it as an album experience, but the tracks I liked featured on my mp3 player for years to come.

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2018, 10:26:21 AM »
I had a week-long financial fraud analyst training in Chicago that I had to go to. My girlfriend at the time was from the Chicago area, but we lived in Kansas City - and she was into U2. I remember we stopped at Borders (it was still around then) to pick up the CD before heading out to Chicago. We listened to NLOTH the whole way there...and we both really liked it. That's like a 9 hour drive, so we listened to it 10 times straight through the day after it was released (we drove up on a Saturday - hung out at her family's house, then I went into the city for my training).

I still like this album. It has flaws, for sure. But I think it takes some small chances that really pay off. I love, love, love Cedars of Lebanon...and I will defend Unknown Caller to my dying day. I just say, yeah the middle 3 kind of suck but ... dab on them haters. Also, more esteemed bands (in current times) put out a lot worse dreck than "Get on Yer Boots". It's better than How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and way better than All That You Can't Leave Behind, by a country mile for me.
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My U2 Top 10: The Unforgettable Fire, Acrobat, New Year's Day, Gloria, The Fly, A Sort of Homecoming, Where The Streets Have No Name, Bad, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Drowning Man

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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2018, 03:36:11 PM »
Simon Mayo had a future at the BBC.


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Re: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2018, 07:54:56 PM »
Lanois was right when he said U2 should have stayed in Fez and finished the album where the magic was happening.

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: When u2 released......NLOTH
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2018, 07:59:50 PM »
Lanois was right when he said U2 should have stayed in Fez and finished the album where the magic was happening.

I don't even recall him saying that but agree absolutely.  There were some magical tunes on that album.  They had to second guess themselves or whatever it was they did,  and drop a few turds into what was an otherwise majestically flowing album.