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June 20th, 2005

Song of the Day @ 09:10 am

I'm currently feelin: okay okay
I'm currently hearin: Sweetest Thing - u2

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Date:July 4th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)

A wonderful pop song, one that anyone can enjoy even if they're not a U2 fan. (I liked it before I was into U2.)  IMHO the single mix is a vast improvement on the original B-side, it's so much more polished, in a good way!

The lyrics are great... I'm not sure about people describing them as sweet and sentimental, it's a fairly sarcastic song!  He sounds like a glutton for punishment, he's addicted to her even though she gives him nothing but grief. Like all good U2 songs, it's beautiful in a really twisted way. :)

Favourite bits include the distinctive piano, the falsetto vocals over the intro, and the backing vocals just before the bridge ("Ain't love the sweetest thi-iiing? Ain't love the sweeee-teeest thing!"). I've always wondered what Bono murmurs during the bridge... you can possibly hear "I'm sorry" or "It's alright", but most of it is just inaudible.

The video is one of the best videos U2 have ever made. They cheated a bit, it's not quite one long continuous take, but it almost is - goodness knows how you go about organising something like that!  It's so sweet with all the "I'M REALLY SORRY" banners, and Bono with his flowers, and Bono with his halo and everything... plus the Massive Heads are in it, and they're the reason I got into U2 in the first place! :D

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