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March 8th, 2009

NLOTH formats and an album poll @ 06:53 pm

I'm currently feelin: curious curious

Out of curiosity, did anyone buy the 60-page magazine format of NLOTH? What's actually in it, that wasn't included in the digipak version? Just wondering if it has extra pictures or what. For that matter, what's the book in the boxset version all about?

And now, a poll. I realise it may be too early to accurately rank the new album alongside its predecessors (either because you're still giddy with excitement or it hasn't had a chance to grow on you yet), but just answer according to how you feel right now.

Poll #1361995 Favourite album from each decade

Your favourite '00s album?

All That You Can't Leave Behind
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
No Line On The Horizon

Your favourite '90s album?

Achtung Baby

Your favourite '80s album?

The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
Rattle & Hum

And a further question which you can answer in the comments - how easy or hard was it to choose for each decade? For me, HTDAAB is by far my favourite album of this decade, and AB is my all-time favourite, although I very much enjoy all the '90s stuff. The '80s album was much harder to pick, it comes down to weighing up how many tracks I would tend to skip on each one, and how strongly I love the best songs on them. The Joshua Tree is the only '80s album where I know every word off by heart, so I guess it must be the most consistent overall, but I certainly don't see it as an obvious winner.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Not hard at all to choose my favorites for each decade. They're still the ones I play the most and enjoy the most. I love a few songs off Zooropa and Pop but Achtung Baby is still the strongest overall, IMO.

No Passengers or Million Dollar Hotel?

For me, Joshua Tree was the definitive 80's album of theirs. I killed a couple of cassettes until I bought the DVD from playing that one so much. Yes, I said cassettes. :)
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm limiting this to pure U2 albums (featuring studio material), I didn't want to complicate things further by throwing side projects into the mix as well. :)
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Date:March 8th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
I bought the normal format, and now I wish I had splashed out and bought the 60 page booklet version. Oh well, it's still something, I don't see why it should matter O-o

I still might buy that version anyway pmsl.

As for the albums, I chose Achutung baby as it was the first CD of theirs I bought, and NLOTH just because I'd been looking forward to it for ages and ages and it's definitely what I expected.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I found the 90s the hardest, cause I LOVE 90s U2 most of all things ever. Pop is my favourite album overall by them, though so eventually I had to vote for that one ;)
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
The 90's one was just cruel. Those are my three favorite U2 albums, all in one category. But I had to eventually go with Pop. I'm waaaay too attached to that album. :P
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)

In regards to the 80's...

War is one of my all-time favourite albums in general- definitely top five.
However, it is not my favourite U2 album. Unforgettable Fire has this dreamy, water-colour sound that just makes me fall in love with the band over and over again.

I don't think I can ever get behind Joshua Tree.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
I find it interesting that the album names have gotten longer and more prosaic in the new millennium ;)
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Date:March 8th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I found the 00s the hardest. I haven't fallen head-over-heels for a U2 album since Achtung Baby (hence why I picked it for the 90s). The albums since then each have a couple of songs that I've loved instantly and a few other songs that have grown on me over time, but the acid test for me is whether I want to listen to an album in entirety, over and over again. Pedantic, I admit.

As for the 80s, War is my favourite of all their albums -- it's what got me into their music, back in '83. Unforgettable Fire is a close second, and then Joshua Tree. I'm also fond of Under A Blood Red Sky, and Wide Awake In America. All of these (and Achtung Baby) pass the "whole album on repeat" test. :)

As for NLOTH, I splurged for the big fancy box set. Linear (the Anton Corbijn film) is arty, stunningly beautiful, and very odd (one word: mustaches!) -- and I'm not sure if my copy's botched in one particular segment, or if it requires red/blue 3D goggles, or is meant to be watched on a different device, or if it's just meant to be unwatchable. *hands*

The book is full of photos from the recording sessions, interviews, Bono's handwritten lyrics, a poster spread of the cover in the middle... it's quite pretty, though I haven't had a chance to really sit down to read it.

The CD package has a fold-out poster, as well as the booklet with lyrics and photos related to the film. The design is really neat: they used clear ink to print portions of the lyrics on top of the photos/other lyrics, for one thing.

I just wish the postal worker hadn't tried to cram the Amazon carton into my mailbox. The corner of the box set got all mushed. :(
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Date:March 8th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about your copy of Linear ... I'm pretty sure that for that segment, we're (or they're) supposed to be watching it on an almost broken TV ;)
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Date:March 8th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
The 90's was the hardest to choose from as I love all three, though I find myself listening to Achtung Baby the most. 80's, no contest for me, The Joshua Tree! The 00's is harder since the love isn't as strong, but ATYCLB edges out Vertigo HTDAAB.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
It was hard to choose between Boy and The Unforgettable Fire.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
This was exactly my problem! I love all the 80s albums except JT, but those are the two that stand out to me.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I splurged on the box set but I can't say anything about it yet because it hasn't arrived yet even though it was supposed to be here yesterday. *shakes fist at USPS* I understand that the content of the magazine and the book are exactly the same though.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
The poll was extremely straightforward for me. ATYCLB, AB and JT respectively.

I am getting to really like NLOTH, but ATYCLB is special to me for many reasons, not least of which it got me through some very tough times. Even now, when I'm having a life-related flail, I can listen to that album and everything seems like it'll be okay. HTDAAB has songs I absolutely love, but others I never listen to, so it's hit-and-miss for me, although overall I'd say I liked it a lot.

90s-wise, well, you know me - obsessed. I could argue a case for every one of those albums, but as AB is my favourite album ever, it had to be that one. But I have ridiculous amounts of love for the other two, really.

As to the 80s, I go through periods of being obsessed with Boy and UF, and I love songs from R&H, but as an album I don't think R&H works as well as others, what with all the interludes and live bits. JT is widescreen, soundscape, brilliant, and well, those first five songs are just immense. So, that was easy for me to choose, too.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
I had a tough time choosing for this era, seeing as I've lived with NLOH for less than a week. I picked that one, though, because it's the only one of the three albums that left me feeling really out of sorts the first time I listened to it. I think that means it's the most complex and thus the one that will stick with me the most over time. Only time will tell, though. AB and UF were both easy choices.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
The easiest one to pick for me was the 90s, as AB is my all-time favourite album. The first one I ever listened to, the first one I found myself singing along to, and simply an awesome album that I never get tired listening to.
Slightly more difficult for the 00s because I loved both HTDAAB and ATYCLB, though all in all I guess i like HTDAAB a bit better. I didn't really include NLOTH because I only just got it, and while I think it's awesome, I have to listen to it more.
The 80s was a little hard as well, but also because I don't know the albums just as well as the 90s and 00s ones. JT is amazing, but I still like R&H better, probably because of the live bits that make it different from the other albums.
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Date:March 8th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
It was really easy for me to pick my favorite album from each decade. ATYCLB, Achtung Baby, and Joshua Tree hands down. The hard part for me is deciding which album is my favorite overall. :)

I won't repeat what was said above me about the box set, but I have to say that it was worth the money. :)
Date:March 9th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
HTDAAB is also my favourite in the 90s, by far, and AB is my all-time favourite. I'm having fun observing how certain "types" of U2 fans react to NLOTH—Pop fans, JT/ATYCLB fans, ZooTV fans etc. It's rather amusing; there really are no unanimously beloved tracks. City of Blinding Lights was probably the closest thing HTDAAB had to that, I believe, but I really don't know what NLOTH's counterpart would be. (MoS, maybe? I'm not a big fan, but most people seem to adore it, for some reason that I can't quite understand.)

Have we had a NLOTH track-ranking post yet? I realise people need time to digest the album, but it would probably be cool. =)
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Date:March 10th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I would think "Magnificent" or MOS is it for NLOTH from what I hear...

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