Rick Rubin Perfectly Diagnoses U2

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Rick Rubin Perfectly Diagnoses U2
« on: February 04, 2024, 04:57:59 PM »
Whether or not he was specifically talking about them here:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0Qe8vMOGHH/?igsh=NHJkaTduM2thdGVt

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Re: Rick Rubin Perfectly Diagnoses U2
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2024, 05:18:47 PM »
Whether or not he was specifically talking about them here:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0Qe8vMOGHH/?igsh=NHJkaTduM2thdGVt

Haha, this showed up in my Facebook memories this morning, it's from 2009 (after Boots dropped but before NLOTH was released):

Dear U2,

OK, we get it: Your new album, No Line on the Horizon, is coming out in a month, and itís ďthe best thing youíve ever done,Ē blah, blah, blah. Allow me to remind you that weíre not morons, and that we realize you would make the claim that your new album is your best ever whether you believed it or not. Remember your last album, the one about the Atomic Bomb? You also claimed that was your best work, remember? Guess what? It wasnít. Not even close.


Your new single, "Get On Your Boots," makes us nervous, mainly because itís completely unremarkable. It sounds like "Vertigo" (as in, almost exactly like "Vertigo"), except the chorus is worse (if possible). So far, no good.

So please, donít embarrass us. No more songs about moles digging in holes or monkeys stealing honey. No more lines about New York being hot as a hair dryer or people in Ireland tearing down trees and using them on their enemies (what does that even mean?).

Take us back to the experimental vibe of the Ď90s. Give us fat grooves, give us sensuality, give us a bit more tenebras and a bit less lux. Give us more songs like "Acrobat."

Weíre counting on you, lads. The reviews have all been positive, but youíll have to forgive us for keeping our enthusiasm to a minimum. We donít want an album that we have to convince ourselves to like because itís by U2.

The Joshua Tree wasnít brilliant because you made it, it was brilliant regardless. We didnít have to force ourselves to like Achtung Baby, it was a masterpiece in its own right.

So all weíre asking with No Line on the Horizon is that you donít put us in the awkward position of having to keep re-convincing ourselves that youíre the best band in the world.

You are. So pleaseóprove it to us again, just once more....
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Listen as Hope and Peace try to rhyme,
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Re: Rick Rubin Perfectly Diagnoses U2
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2024, 10:40:43 PM »
Whether or not he was specifically talking about them here:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0Qe8vMOGHH/?igsh=NHJkaTduM2thdGVt

"That's not art, that's commerce."  Oof.