Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?

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Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« on: October 09, 2023, 02:23:58 PM »
Assuming they did not go to Berlin to re invent.

What album would have been the more suitable follow up?

Keeping to the same formula, U2 would have wanted to keep their 80's hugeness and gravitas. Was either album good enough to do that after 3 years?

Both albums had big songs. But also some duds.
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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2023, 02:32:08 PM »
Either album would not have been any more a natural successor to their 1980s albums as Achtung Baby was.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2023, 02:35:09 PM »
Either lead single would have worked.

BD has a JT vibe. Vertigo a 'Desire' vibe.

Fans may have accepted either album not being as good as TJT. 

I may have been a bit disappointed with either album after 3 years. Two years maybe. But would realise they were getting older & the gaps would be longer.
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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2023, 02:44:27 PM »
If either album was a quickie 1993 follow up, that would have really put U2 back up there.

And help me recover from Yahwah/Peace on Earth.

The second singles were also strong. Getting to number 2 & 1 in the UK. In the first few months after the 1991 album release, U2 would be riding high.
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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2023, 02:48:12 PM »
Either lead single would have worked.

BD has a JT vibe. Vertigo a 'Desire' vibe.

They really don't.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2023, 02:50:23 PM »
Huh?



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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2023, 02:55:45 PM »
If going for more of the same, suspect it would have been a 2 year gap.

Either album would have been good enough. Would have liked a 12 song album with Fast Cars/Ground

An album full of WGRYWH would certainly not have worked.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2023, 02:58:51 PM »
How long have you been having these thoughts, adam?

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2023, 03:04:04 PM »
How long have you been having these thoughts, adam?

Had another brain wave today.

Suspect in 89/90 U2 would have produced something better than ATYCLB/Bomb. If motivated.

They were at there creative peak. TJT was only in 87.

Bomb & ATYCLB were good efforts from men 9 & 13 years later from the band past it's peak.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2023, 03:06:52 PM »
The 2000 onwards albums were a reaction to their 90s albums and so wouldn't have been made in 1990s.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2023, 03:41:51 PM »
another head-scratcher of a thread.  well done.


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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2023, 04:09:40 PM »
How long have you been having these thoughts, adam?

Had another brain wave today.

Suspect in 89/90 U2 would have produced something better than ATYCLB/Bomb. If motivated.

They were at there creative peak. TJT was only in 87.

Bomb & ATYCLB were good efforts from men 9 & 13 years later from the band past it's peak.

Dare I say another JT?

Paul, George & Ringo would have then bowed to U2's superiority.

Don't believe the fans would have been disappointed with more of the same. U2 were pretty big in the 80's & then pretty big in 2000 & 2004. 

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2023, 04:14:25 PM »
U2 were pretty big in the 1990s.  5.4m tickets on Zoo TV and 4m on PopMart.
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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2023, 04:52:06 PM »
I just don't think either of those albums could exist in the early 90s, they're very of their time.

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Re: Follow up to R&H - Bomb or ATYCLB?
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2023, 05:19:10 PM »
I just don't think either of those albums could exist in the early 90s, they're very of their time.

I could see either album being a 91 release.

Both good enough to keep there JT hugeness. If released 2 years after R&H. A 3 year gap I would want something better.

As said, in that era they would have been capable of better.
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