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January 2nd, 2006

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nonsvch:
I'm currently feelin: curious curious

All That You Can't Leave Behind

or

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb?


i've seen a lot of reviews and such comparing the two; i did it myself in my school newspaper last year.

i personally prefer ATYCLB. i feel it's a more consistent effort overall. but i know a lot of you think the opposite, and that's okay! it's why i'm asking!
 
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From:inklingfair
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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I'm a sucker for the Bono-and-Bob Hewson thing, and I liked "Kite" better than "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", so I'd have to go with ATYCLB.

(My fave ATYCLB track: "Grace")
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From:hbpen
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
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Totally agreeing w/you about "Grace" :)
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From:hbpen
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
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I'd have to say I prefer Bomb, but there are songs I ADORE on ATYCLB too. :)
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From:mangoprophetess
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
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Atomic Bomb. I think the songs are stronger; ATYCLB has me skipping tracks a lot (as many as half sometimes). I don't skip much on Atomic Bomb, and I like that it's more of a rock album (ATYCLB is probably their most mainstream pop album yet). ATYCLB is a little more cathartic, which is something I love about it, but I really, really love that Atomic Bomb is kind of questioning existence a little bit more. Both are some of U2's most joyful music and peaceful, though.
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From:boriel
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
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exactly what you said :)
From:vintagefuck
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
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With the exception of a few songs, ATYCLB hasn't really grown on me, but I love HTDAAB. I feel compelled to add that neither one is my favorite, though.
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From:socialcrazed
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
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At first I was gonna say Bomb, but after further thinking I realized that I'm probably more willing to listen to ATYCLB most of the time.

So I'll say ATYCLB. Not that I'm actually gonna say the acronym, because that's just silly.



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From:mmmmjournal
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
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There are too many acronyms in U2-land.
From:amerrydeath
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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ATYCLB has more heart than Bomb, but Bomb is more consistent. I actually can't pick between the two; Kite and Walk On wrench my heart in a way that neither OOTS or SYCMIOYO do. But the tracks past In a Little While on ATYCLB make me cringe sometimes. Especially Wild Honey.
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From:bostondave
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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I think these two albums are companion albums sort of like how Achtung Baby and Zooropa and maybe even Pop went together, these two albums go together.
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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ATYCLB. Mainly because they couldn't afford another poor album after "Pop."
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From:alternatending
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
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Hmm...That's a hard choice.
As commercial as BOTH really kind of are, I'd have to say How To Dismantle.
It just...rocks so much harder.
I don't know.


I'll have to listen to them back to back.
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From:sirensong984
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
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ATYCLB all the way.

I skip too many songs on HTDAAB
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From:rockingthemike
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)

Tough call

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Both contain one of my top three favorite tracks ("Walk On" and "Yahweh").

*thinks*

While All That You Can't Leave Behind is a more cohesive album stylistically than How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, aside from songs like "Beautiful Day", "Elevation" and maybe "New York", the album lacks that certain spark. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb on the other hand is less cohesive sound wise, but has plenty of songs that go "pop!" In fact, there are only three tracks on that album which aren't single worthy.

All That You Can't Leave Behind. Substance over pure style for me. But that is only in this case... I could very likely change my mind on this tomorrow.
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From:hew_
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
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ATYCLB all the way...
From:stay_please
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
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I'm with rockingthemike, I could change my opinion tomorrow.

But I'm gonna have to go with Bomb, I can honestly say I like every track on the album. Even "One Step Closer," though I have to be in the mood for it, and it isn't linked sonically to anything else.

With ATYCLB, I think it tweeters off toward the end. Most would say after the singles. But unlike another above poster, I like "Wild Honey," it's quirky enough to have grown on me. After that, though... well, before it even, because I don't care for "In A Little While." It's genius lyrically, but I don't like listening to it. I can say that for tracks 9-12 as well.
From:nonsvch
Date:January 3rd, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
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i like "Wild Honey" too. i don't know why so many people are against it. the monkey lyrics in the beginning are a little weird, but after that, it's pretty solid.
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From:sapphires13
Date:January 3rd, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
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I've been ranting a lot lately about how much I dislike ATYCLB. There are a few quite strong tracks, but for the most part, I just can't get into it. It's too soft, and the lyrics on many of the songs just make me cringe.
HTDAAB on the other hand... it's no Achtung Baby, but it's at least better than ATYCLB, which gives me hope for the future.

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