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March 24th, 2007

Song of the Day @ 12:57 pm

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From:canadanne
Date:March 25th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, I've been meaning to re-listen to this one (I think I only played it once when I bought the single), but hadn't had an excuse to put it on. Good choice! :)

I haven't heard the original Kraftwerk version (though I'd like to, having just listened to the samples online - the live version on iTunes sounds especially nice!). Seems like U2 made it a lot more dreamy and ethereal. It's hard to say if that improves or ruins the song, without hearing the original in full... it's probably just different, and I always admired U2's bravery in bringing something new to the songs they cover. It's also really nice to see them using a cover as a B-side again, like they did a lot in the 80s and 90s!  If they don't have enough spare songs of their own to include on the singles, I'd much rather hear an interesting cover than a bunch of poor-quality remixes or unremarkable live tracks. It's nice how this is kind of lyrically related to City Of Blinding Lights, too. :)

I'd agree with your assessment of the track - nothing spectacular, but certainly not unpleasant. I love the intro/background noise that sounds like a ZX Spectrum loading! :D  I also really like the pretty piano, and especially the echo on both the piano and Bono's voice in the second half of the song. Another highlight for me is the key change immediately after Bono's da-da-da-ing, when the spine-tingling synth comes in and you hear Bono whispering something I can't quite make out - that part sounds awesome.* The whole thing has an experimental feel reminiscent of the Zooropa / Passengers era, I think. Which is a good thing in my book!

* My only complaint: that descending plinky melody *really* reminds me of an instrumental bit from some other song, and it's driving me crazy because I can't quite place it! Something by Dire Straits or The Alan Parsons Project, maybe??
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From:needleandspoon
Date:March 26th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I know what you mean about the Zooropa/Passengers feel to it. I might even have added that (and some more) if I hadn't picked the worst weekend of the whole year to do SOTD. In between working and participating in my weeklong Birthday Festival of Non-Stop Drunkeness, I think my brain fell out a little.

But the song, yeah, I'd like to see some more of this kind of b-side rather than the endless parade of live tracks and remixes.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 26th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)

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It's a bit Keane-ish with all the piano, as well...

I finally figured out what that melody reminded me of, btw - Why Worry by Dire Straits!

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