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December 31st, 2006

Old news about 'new' album, with new insights @ 12:38 pm

rockingthemike:
U2 may change musical direction on next album

NEW YORK (Billboard) - With its monster-selling Vertigo world tour complete, U2 may be ready to rock less, according to frontman Bono

"Our band has certainly reached the end of where we've been at for the last couple of albums," the newly dubbed honorary knight said during a BBC Radio interview earlier this week. "I want to see what else we can do with it, take it to the next level; I think that's what we've got to do."

Asked if that might mean a move away from rock 'n' roll, Bono replied, "We're gonna continue to be a band, but maybe the rock will have to go; maybe the rock has to get a lot harder. But whatever it is, it's not gonna stay where it is."

He said he's like U2 to explore compositions featuring just voice and acoustic guitar. "I would like to do a couple of tunes in that direction, with just a lot of space around the voice," he said. "I'd like to strip things down; that's something I'd be very interested in at the moment."

U2 is expected to get busy in the studio after the New Year, with an eye on releasing a new album before the end of 2007. Bono said casual fans were the target for the recently released compilation "U218 Singles," which includes two new songs.

"We've never been much of a singles band," he said. "But we did it because we have a very young audience coming through, and we wanted to, you know, just be very available for people who want to check us out, you know? We wanted to have something they could check us out very easy on."

Reuters/Billboard
 
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From:notasecretagent
Date:December 31st, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
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I may get flamed for this, but I'm sort of concerned about this article. I'm all for changing musical direction, but... would Bono's voice really hold up with "a lot of space" around it?

Hmm. Well, they know I'll buy it either way. Baa.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I thought the very same thing, but considering he said "a couple tracks" in the article, I don't think it would effect the sound all that much. Considering we've heard the band do acoustic versions of the song before it's not much of a stretch...
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From:notasecretagent
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Aha, I missed the "couple tracks" bit. Thanks.

I do often like acoustic versions, but the last ones I really enjoyed were from ATYCLB, and I think Bono's voice has changed since then for whatever reason. I guess we'll all see, though! :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, nice Superman icon. I don't think I've seen that Alex Ross painting before. Where's it from?
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From:notasecretagent
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Woo, someone else knows Alex Ross! It's not so exciting though, it's just from the ALA Superman "Read" poster. There's a Batman one as well. Mmm.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Well I should hope a comic book fan, and a Superman one no less, would recognize the word of Alex Ross. ;) ALA = American Library Association?
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From:notasecretagent
Date:December 31st, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes indeedy, American Library Association. :)

Comics woo!
From:8linepoem
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
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anybody else really not sure how they feel about this?
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm of two minds. I don't want another ATYCLB or HTDAAB, but I'm not sure I want the band going the other direction either. More rock? Is that what the boys are all about? That said, I'm sure similar concerns were raised in the fandom between R&H and AB.... only time will tell how it all sounds.
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From:reecord2
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
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as much as I'd love that, there's no way we're going to see it before 2008. :-/
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. Which doesn't bother me that much; it seems that when they take their time, that is when their best work shines.
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From:wolfp10
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Has a U2 album ever come out on time?

IIRC, Atomic Bomb was going to be out in late 2003, and that got delayed a year.
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From:geeklibrarian
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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1) as the title says, nothing new here really. Bono is always talking about how he's "just fallen in love with the guitar" all over again

2) i'll believe it when i see (er, hear) it

3) and if i do hear it, i'll be horribly disappointed.

I'm not a huge fan of the last two albums. I'm an old fan, I guess, who misses the rock-n-roll.

(they're still one of the best live shows ever, though ;p)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Well the reading between the lines I get is we'll hear more in the way of rock for the next album. Or we could get a reimagining of AB for today's audience. Dance/Techno/Rock is certainly not the same sound it was fifteen years ago.
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From:xxpoptart
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm all for changing music styles, thats usually what I like most about some musicians, that they can easily change from one genre to the next. But I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I have no reason to think it will be a bad album, thats not my concern, I actually kind of like the idea of some more striped down songs. But the thing I'm kind of worried about is how it will be live and whether a whole concert can be based around that. I haven't seen U2 live yet, so I know there's no way I'm missing the next tour. I'm just worried striped down songs might be a little less exciting during a live show.

Am I wrong? Maybe it would make for a good live show?
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, we're really not sure where their next direction will go (as I would think they still don't know). The band is also quite good about changing how a song sounds to fit their live show atmosphere. If they can build it, they can adapt it. ;)
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From:princessjen723
Date:January 1st, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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"But the thing I'm kind of worried about is how it will be live and whether a whole concert can be based around that. I haven't seen U2 live yet, so I know there's no way I'm missing the next tour. I'm just worried striped down songs might be a little less exciting during a live show."

My thoughts exactly. Like you, I'm not concerned they're gonna put out a crap album--they've never really been guilty of that (despite what some might think about Zooropa or Pop). But to put that sort of "stripped down" sound in a live setting could be very lackluster, I think. I haven't seen U2 live either, and I was really looking forward to their next tour... and to think they're going to stray away from the "hard rock" aspects of HTDAAB for example kinda saddens me :o(

Ah well, we'll just have to see what their next album brings before we go running around like chickens with our heads chopped off, conjuring up off-the-wall accusations about an album we know virtually nothing about ;o)
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From:wolfp10
Date:December 31st, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I'll believe it when their new album, whenever that comes out, is out with regards to going into a new direction. Bono has said this kind of stuff before.
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From:jevoislerouge
Date:December 31st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I just thank God that they're still re-inventing themselves after all these years. Wherever they go it'll be great, I have no doubts.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:December 31st, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Do you see me complaining? ;)
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From:canadanne
Date:January 1st, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)

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I'm a little confused by the way people seem to be interpreting these quotes. The "strip things down" idea was just a passing remark Bono made in response to a mention of Bruce Springsteen, so I'm not sure why anyone is freaking out about them doing entire albums and concerts in that style!  I also don't understand why people are mourning a departure from hard rock, when Bono actually gave that as an example of the direction they might be heading in next...?  Nothing whatsoever was set in stone during this interview, he just seemed to be thinking out loud, and expressing a desire to experiment more than they have done lately. So for heaven's sake calm down, people. :p
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From:laughing_shadow
Date:January 1st, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
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My memories of the 'punk rock made on Venus' comments about HTDAAB are too strong for me to take these quotes with more than a grain of salt - I'll believe it when I hear it, but I don't believe I'll hear it. Bono talks like this all the time, and there are three other members of U2 who have a say in what the music sounds like (four if you count that bug on Edge's hat).

Although, I would say - remember the beauty of Running To Stand Still. I'd be up for a few 'quiet' songs if they were in that vein.
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From:reecord2
Date:January 1st, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Has U2 ever done a tour that was anything short of amazing?
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From:tinamachina
Date:January 2nd, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
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"...maybe the rock will have to go; maybe the rock has to get a lot harder..."

Harder, boys, HARDER!

Um...<_< that came out kind of dirty...

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