SOE SO-far

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SOE SO-far
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:23:46 PM »
What do you think so far?

I like the attitude of American Soul

While I dislike GOOYOW as a song, it's a nice guitar song!

About the guitar, in GOOYOW and Blackout The Edge uses his guitar a bit like a synthesizer.

Compare it to this, when The Edge 'synthesizes' the poem by Blake at the end of Until The End Of The World:
I wished for this sound on their new album. And I'm surprised!  ;D
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Re: SOE SO-far
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 02:47:25 PM »
I think the album so far has a lot of groove ... and I like that


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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 02:51:44 PM »
I'm disappointed for the most part. It's just not connecting with me the way I'd like. I'm really hoping the rest of the album is better but at this point I have very low expectations.

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Re: SOE SO-far
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 04:51:49 PM »
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 05:34:42 PM »
Very disappointed. Sounds mailed in so far. Too much pop fluff, too much production sheen and Pro Tools disjunction, too many lyrics crammed in, not letting the music breathe enough. Lazy lyrics (copping from Volcano?  really?).

Re: American Soul, how many damn times is Bono going to recycle some version of his whole "America isn't a place, it's an idea" thing? It wasn't that deep of a concept initially. Now it's a cheap Xerox.

Thank God we get a copy of it with our concert tickets. Otherwise it'd be the 1st U2 album that I'd ever thought about not buying.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 05:55:57 PM »
I'm severely disappointed, despite going in with lowered expectations. All of the songs released thus far are vying for a spot amongst U2's worst-of.

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 06:08:31 PM »
These songs sound like they belong with invisible. There's more electronic element than SOI. I think it will be a good album that flows nicely, but it won't take my breath away.

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 06:11:36 PM »
I'm disappointed for the most part. It's just not connecting with me the way I'd like. I'm really hoping the rest of the album is better but at this point I have very low expectations.


Same here. My only hope is that, per usual, the stuff the band thinks is good and worth promoting is the chaff, and that the wheat will be found in the ignored material. Because if the whole thing ends up sounding like GO and TBT I won't even bother buying it.
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Re: SOE SO-far
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 06:27:00 PM »
I'm disappointed for the most part. It's just not connecting with me the way I'd like. I'm really hoping the rest of the album is better but at this point I have very low expectations.


Same here. My only hope is that, per usual, the stuff the band thinks is good and worth promoting is the chaff, and that the wheat will be found in the ignored material. Because if the whole thing ends up sounding like GO and TBT I won't even bother buying it.

You can bet your last pound that there will be gems ala SLABT on the album that never get played live, and never get promoted.

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Re: SOE SO-far
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 09:09:53 PM »
I'm reasonably happy with it so far. No skip songs out of 5 I have heard is a pretty good start. There is nothing elite (but hasn't been for some time now) although I do have high hopes for Little Things once I get to hear a proper album version of it. Having listened to SOI again, which I like a lot, the SOE songs don't stack up too well which is a concern, but am obviously a lot more familiar and used to those songs.

My view is that there is always a few things in every album that connects for fans. Last time around that might have been Troubles and SLABT for some or EBW and Crystal Ballroom etc and so on. One way or another a lot of work has gone in to 14 new songs (comments that they mailed it in are really pretty poorly thought through) so there will be some quality there for different people in different ways I am sure.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 05:29:58 AM »
OK I've listened to all four songs a fair amount now.

American Soul and The Blackout are great. They've got a bit of edge (pardon the pub), something different. They're both very good. I even quite like the volcano reference on American Soul.

You're the best thing is bad.

Get out of your own way is absolutely awful. Poppy crap.

This album is all over the place.


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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 08:51:14 AM »
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Re: SOE SO-far
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 09:14:40 AM »
Based on what I've heard so far, I'd say it will probably not be a disappointment but it won't be a great album either. I think I'll like about half the tracks and there will be some real clunkers (American Soul) as well. I anticipate it's going to weigh in somewhere between NLOTH and SOI.

I am curious to see if sales are going to be disappointing though. If this album is a commercial flop, what happens? I think it could be the last intentional U2 studio album we get - maybe a release of a bunch of stuff from the vault as a compilation...but it could be the last go-into-the-studio to record an album type of album.
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2017, 09:15:55 AM »
I think it will be amazing!


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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2017, 09:41:49 AM »
To my surprise, I really like it so far.  There is a definite aesthetic common to the four tracks I've heard, both sonically and lyrically.  That's what I always listened for in new U2--a fresh approach and cohesiveness as an album--and haven't found since ATYCLB.   The pop-ish stuff doesn't bother me at all.  To my ears, they're pulling that off much better than on the three songs that nearly sank No Line for me.  Can't wait to hear the rest.