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March 22nd, 2005

Song of The Day @ 12:54 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: content content
I'm currently hearin: Sarah McLachlan, "Train Wreck"

I realize that it's a little bit of a rush since I only released "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" about 15 hours earlier, but I will try to put these entries around midday Pacific Time from now on to sort of ensure a greater response rate.

Today's selection is

"New Year's Day" from War (1983)

Thoughts: It's epic, anthemic rock the way it's supposed to be. I like the driving, pulsating guitar riffs that seem to separate itself from the main vocals. It takes on a life of its own. It's quite impressive that the song even maintains its head-banging tone despite such dissonance within the instrumentation. As for the lyrics, they seem to be about hope and renewal, which is usually what feelings are elicited around the time of January 1st, but under the surface, the repeated line that "nothing changes" is a sign that Bono doesn't believe renewal is possible. It's a contrast in tone that causes this feeling of uneasiness in regards to the content of the words within the song.
 
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From:parallel_rhythm
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a huge fan of the song, although War is up there in my Top 3 favorite albums of all time. I don't have much to say about it, except I think the background vocals are gorgeous. And the line "Nothing changes on New Year's Day" speaks the most honest truth there is.
From:proops
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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"war" is my favorite u2 album. hehehe i think its FANTASTIC. i love New Year's Day. I love every song on that album. haha.
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From:intotheheart
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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My favourite moment of the song:

Oh and maybe the time is right
Oh maybe tonight


It's just... shivers down your spine inducing.


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From:canadanne
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)

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Now this is a fantastic U2 song!  It's so hard to pick a favourite track from War, but I think New Year's Day would just about edge it (no pun intended). The keyboard is spine-tinglingly gorgeous, the bass is just fucking amazing, the guitar soaring, the vocals flawless and powerful - wow, everything just fits together perfectly on this track, it's really impressive. Your heart starts pounding from the moment the intro kicks in and Bono lets out that scream of "Yeeeeaaaa-aaahhhhh!". I *love* singing along to it. I love the live versions, but I hate the way they tend to cut it short, à la the version on the Best Of... it's so much better with the final verse!
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From:wydok
Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
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My third favorite on the album, right being Sunday Bloody Sunday and "40".

I love Edge's guitar work on all U2 songs, but one of the things special about New Year's Day is the deep, soul stirring sound of the keyboard.
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:March 23rd, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
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The keyboards drive me crazy. In a good way, of course. For some reason, I also really like the bass in that song. New Year's Day is also a great song to sing to when you just feel like you're going to explode. It lets it all out of you. It's wonderful.
From:hot_coffee
Date:March 23rd, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
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I love this song. You know it's so addiciting if you listen to it. It's so breathtaking. It makes you want to jump up and dance and sing I WANT TO BE WITH YOU, BE WITH YOU, NIGHT AND DAY!!
It definately gets stuck in your head.
From:sabneraznik
Date:March 23rd, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
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One of my favorites, but only in its full, original version. The version on the Best of leves out the final verse which I think is the ultimate one of the song. Wonderful for a live performance!
From:debianne
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)

live performance

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Hey Hue126, You must be as deep, almost as I am, about Bono/U2! Love ya already, Debianne
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From:bad_lemon
Date:March 24th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
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along w/ a couple other songs i have had a recent epiphany w/ new year's day. the opening lines paint a surreal picture. and from there it goes into a strange array of emotions. at least for me it does.
when people are making resolutions and the world around them is chaning w/ the new year only one thing seems to matter. "i will be with you again"... that doesn't change, and i believe that is an amazing feeling.
I will begin again... a new start, a fresh feeling.

my words can't describe the feelings that the lyrics throw me into.
also, i may be a lyrics person, but music and instrumentals in new year's day are well beyond u2 standards into the spectrum that i like to call, "f_ing brilliant"
From:debianne
Date:June 9th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)

New Years Day

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I think New Year's Day is one of the most kick-rear, controversial, political songs that U2 has done. I own the DVD of GO HOME, which U2 began their Elevation tour in Dublin. At the end of the DVD, GO HOME, which was also performed at Slane Castle There is a BONUS track at the end of the DVD, showing the "Best group alive" trying to get "New Year's Day" accomplished; especially, by a "very young Bono" trying to sing it perfect. This studio performance was produced inside of Slane Castle. You get to see inside of the castle, plus see the passion and thrill of the song being created. I want to thank Paul McGuinnes for believing in U2, and making so many people, sich as myself ecstatic! Thank You. God Bless.
From:debianne
Date:June 12th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)

Hey Hue126

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"Oh You Look So Beautiful Tonight" Thank You. xxxxxooooo

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