Heretical Prophet (u2biscuit) wrote in u2,
Heretical Prophet

Why I won't be buying The Best of 1990-2000

What propelled U2 to stardom in the 80's was their ability to write anthemic songs. You could put on any track from The Best of 1980-1990 (with the possible exception of UF) and anyone vaguely familiar with pop music would recognize it, and probably start singing along. Plus, the collection of B-sides offered those of us who may have missed the 80's added incentive, because for us there was actually NEW material. Not to mention that the 80's had been gone for almost 10 years, U2 were a substantially different band, and time had made all those 80's hits "classics."

But we are only two years removed from the decade this latest Best Of compilation revisits. For heaven's sake, some of the songs on the album are barely two years old.
Being a U2 devotee can be an expensive proposition, but I have never felt cheated or exploited by them, because I always felt like I was getting my money's worth. This seems like a blatant cash grab to me. Personally, I think the timing of this release has more to do with U2's label. U2 is such a huge money maker, that in the downtime between albums, their label was begging for something from them because they know any release from U2 is money in the bank. Thus we have The Best Of 1990-2000, WAY before it's time!

Secondly, I am hugely disappointed by the songs chosen for both discs. Please, IMHO, is the best lyric Bono's ever written, but it didn't make the cut. The Fly and Slow Dancing, two songs that epitomized U2's music in the 90's, are left off. I am as passionate a U2 fan as anyone, but I am not going to blindly hand over my money for something just because it has the 'U2' label on it if I don't believe I am going to get my money's worth. I'd like to think U2 gives its fans more credit than that.

Rant over :)
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