Review of all SOS songs:

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Zoo adam

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Review of all SOS songs:
« on: March 18, 2023, 02:11:38 PM »
One:

Liked it when released as a single.  Different vibe to the original. Nice piano & choir.


Streets

Don't hate it. Thought I would cringe from what I remembered from first listen. But didn't. At least different to the original but not in it's league.


Stories for Boys:

Perfectly listenable. Quite fresh sounding after 40+ years of hearing just the original.


11 O'Clock

Ditto Stories.


Out of Control:

Ditto stories.


Beautiful Day:

Similar to the original. Don't like the new lyrics.


Bad:   

Despite Edge strumming away as if his life depended on it, the new version can't fade the original.

Don't like the new lyrics. But that is me being stuck in my ways after 39 years of the old lyrics.

Larry's drumming & Bono's 1984 'Wide Awake' voice missed.


Every Breaking Wave:

Exact same version from before. Which is lazy as isn't it already on 'Songs of Orchestra' & extended version of SOI?

Prefer the original.

Cringe alert - last 10 seconds.


Walk on:

Didn't mind the lyric changes. Apart from that not much different to the original.


Pride:

Like it. The first & strongest of the singles. Different pace & sound to the original.

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Couple of highs.  Couple of cringe moments. Songs listenable.

Originals of Bad & Streets too good to be played around with.

Decent strumming from Edge. Stripped back style good to hear after previous over produced albums were too watered down.

EBW is a cheeky attempt to get a song added with minimal effort.

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Re: First 10 SOS songs review:
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2023, 02:39:45 PM »
First 4 tracks for my 16 track play list -

Pride.
One.
11 O'Clock.
Out of Control.

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Re: First 10 SOS songs review:
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2023, 04:14:05 PM »
Next 20.

Wild Horses:

This song is more suited to being acoustic. A better version.


Get out of your own way:

Wow. A bit of a groove in one of U2's most lightweight songs. Good to hear some drumming.

Why wasn't this version on SOE?


Stuck in a moment:

Same quality as the original. Equally not much different.

Hardly re imagined.


Red Hill Mining Town:

Like the new version. Bono gives us 4 'loooove's' at the end to compensate for not having his 1987 voice.


Ordinary Love:

Like it. But again not much different to the original.


Sometimes:

Thought it was going fine with the piano. But then Bono goes high pitch. No deliverence after the build up. Unlike the original.


Invisible:

Prefer it to the original. Bit meatier.


Dirty Day:

Don't prefer it to the original. But it is different & still like it.


The Miracle:

Miss the buzz guitar. New verses are fun. At least it's been re imagined.


City of Blinding lights:


Alright until Bono goes high pitch.
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Re: First 20 SOS songs review:
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2023, 04:17:52 PM »
Next 4 songs on my 16 song track listing -

Get out of your own way.

Red Hill Mining Town.

Dirty Day.

The Miracle.

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Re: First 20 SOS songs review:
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2023, 05:24:24 PM »
Next 10 songs.

Vertigo:

Like it. Some different instruments. Miss the background vocals of the original. 


ISHFWILF:

Not bad. Bit downbeat. Guitars no match for the 1987 twangs.


Electrical Storm:

Several versions around already. This one does not add anything.


The Fly: 

About time there was some sleaze. Love it.


IGWSHA:

Barely noticed it on Pop. But for me it has a lot more power as a piano ballard.


Desire:

Sorry. Loved Bono on Lemon. But this voice is too weird. Whoever is singing it.


UTEOTW:

Like it. Still has it's darkness. Like the last 30 seconds. 


Song for Someone:

Prefer this to the original, which I thought was over powering. But not a lot of re imagining going on.


AIWIY:

Never gets off the ground. Even Edge can't create a similar climax to the original with an acoustic guitar.


Peace on Earth:

Oh dear. To both versions.
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Re: First 20 SOS songs review:
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2023, 05:28:21 PM »
Next 4 songs on my 16 track play list -

Vertigo.

The Fly.

If god will send his angels.

Until the end of the world.

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Re: First 20 SOS songs review:
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2023, 06:29:52 PM »
Final 10.

With or without you:

Like it. Have got over there being no outro.


Stay:

Decent slower version.


Sunday Bloody Sunday:

Reminds me of the version they did on TJT tour.


Lights of Home:

Only slightly different to the original.


Cedarwood Road:

Ditto Lights of Home.


I will follow:

Couldn't get into the guitar sound.


Two Hearts:

Dig the heavy piano.


Miracle Drug:

Like it. Good to hear Edge.


Little Things:

Less watered down than the SOE version. Outro ok but better on the Jimmy Fallon show with electric guitar.


40:

Pleasant closer.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2023, 06:34:42 PM »
Final 4 in my 16 track list -

With or without you.
Stay
Miracle Drug
Two hearts.


Bonus track:

Little things.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2023, 06:53:44 PM »
My 16 track CD:

Pride
One
11 O'Clock
Out of control
GOOYOW
Red Hill Mining Town
Dirty Day
The Miracle
Vertigo
The Fly
If God
Until the end
With or without you
Stay
Miracle Drug.
Two Hearts.

Bonus track

Little Things.

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There are other songs I like. Some as much or more than the original.

However I either didn't like the song much in the first place or the new version is too similar to the old version. Or the new version is too weird.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2023, 07:05:11 PM »
Bono's voice is fine. Except when he goes for the high pitch. Something he first did on SOI.

Thought he could have gone for the big notes more. Maybe that is being optimistic.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2023, 12:56:58 AM »
Songs I would skip -

Streets

Makes me yearn for the original.


Bad:

Ditto Streets.


Every Breaking Wave:

Bono's been doing Adele since 2014. Didn't like it then.


Desire:

Reimagined. Yes. Unfortunately too weird.


AIWIY:

Ditto Streets & Bad.


Peace on Earth

Skipped the original as well.


Sometimes:

Ditto Streets, Bad & AIWIY. Bono also goes high pitch.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2023, 01:05:16 AM »
The other 33 songs would quite happily listen to.

Have already chosen my top 16 + bonus track.

The remaining 16 songs are either -

Better than the original but didn't like the original much.

Similar to the original & not really re imagined. But liked the original so like the new version.

Not as good as the original but decent & does not make me yearn for the original.

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Either way all perfectly listenable 
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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2023, 04:37:28 PM »
Thanks so sharing! Havenít listened to 3&4 yet. Looks like some interesting songs to come.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2023, 11:06:55 AM »
The 16 track CD has 6 songs from my 16 chosen tracks.

The 20 track CD has 9.

Suppose they have to put the standards on each CD such as Streets, SBS & ISHFWILF.

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Re: Review of all SOS songs:
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2023, 11:12:56 AM »
The extra 4 songs on the 20 track CD enhance it a bit -

BD
WOWY
UTEOTW
RHMT.

Streets is the only song on both CD's which I said I would skip.

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