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April 8th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 02:20 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: cold cold
I'm currently hearin: Enya, "Only If"

Today's selection is

"Red Hill Mining Town" from The Joshua Tree (1987)

Thoughts: The song just seems to hum sonically so well. Whatever that means. It's really easy on the ears and that's why I like it. It just seems like the kind of song where you have your boombox running on batteries and you're just chillin' on the porch or something smoking a cigarette and strumming on your guitar. At least, that's the imagery I get from hearing the song. I like how there's the single guitar riff that stands out from the rest of the pulsing instrumentation. And the vocals? Wow. By now, in The Joshua Tree, Bono has refined and controlled his voice so well that he's able to manipulate into producing a ton of different ranges, all of which he uses to full effect on this song. The song, as with nearly every U2 song, bleeds passion and desperation and seems to just soar right into the heart and soul. They get down to everything that is essential in their lives, it feels like and just taps into it. The song really just breathes so well.
 
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From:intotheheart
Date:April 8th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I LOVE this song. It's one of my favs off Joshua Tree, which is saying a lot since that album is awesomeness embodied.
From:proops
Date:April 8th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
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ahh i think this song is amazing. i love the simple guitar and bono's strong voice and lyrics. :sigh: tis amazing.
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:April 8th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this is one of my favorites from that album. Bono's voice just makes me melt. It's so powerful.
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From:claudiathefish
Date:April 8th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
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LOVE this song. Amazing vocals, amazing everything.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 8th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)

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Probably my favourite track from The Joshua Tree, if I was forced to pick one. It's just amazing, such passionate vocals and darkly gorgeous imagery. I love singing along to this one, on the rare occasion that I can actually hit the top notes with full power!!  It's surprisingly underrated - I've even seen people say they don't like this song, which bewilders me (what's not to love??). Thinking about it, I actually owe quite a lot to Red Hill Mining Town. In the early days of my U2 fandom when I only had a couple of albums, I wasn't sure if I would bother getting TJT as I already had the Best Of 1980-1990. Then I just happened to be in a pub one night when they were playing the entire Joshua Tree album in the background. Naturally, I was impressed by those lesser known album tracks, but RHMT was the one that really blew me away and convinced me to buy the album the next day. At which point I found myself on that slippery slope where you decide you may as well buy ALL the remaining albums. :D
From:sabneraznik
Date:April 9th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC)
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Love the lines:"We stoop so low to reach so high" So true, so true. Keep reminding us of these things, boys.
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:April 9th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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My favorite song from my favorite album. Very underrated, and also underplayed.

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