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August 23rd, 2004

THis just makes me very happy!!!! @ 06:54 pm

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TIME's Sneak Peak of New U2 Album


DOING WHAT THEY KNOW HOW TO DO BEST


They are now men of a certain age, and it no longer becomes them to aspire to be things they are not. So there's no crunk-style rapping on the new U2 album, no gospel choirs or techno experiments, nothing that could possibly be misinterpreted as a sign of midlife crisis. Instead, this as-yet-untitled album is just full of confident, expansive guitar rock from the masters of the form. All the old tricks — the Edge's echoing guitar notes, Larry Mullen Jr.'s martial snare — still work, although Bono has lost a touch of the high clarity he had in his mullet-sporting days. He still has enormous assuredness, and the occasional cracks in his voice make the bad-relationship songs (and, as always, there are quite a few) darker and more dramatic. Custom would seem to demand that U2 start embarrassing itself one of these days. But not today. --By Josh Tyrangiel
 
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From:silentbob037
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
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They almost make it sound like this album is a throwback to the Joshua Tree style.
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From:arashi_soul
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I am hoping that the upcoming album effectively kicks the "ass" of The Joshua Tree, not only because I simply want to hear at least one more truly great U2 album (though more than one would certainly not be objectionable), but to halt the usage of the "Yes, but it's not quite as good as The Joshua Tree" answer that I both read and hear far too often in the midst of a U2 debate.
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From:silentbob037
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you that it would be great if they were able to improve on their artistic statements with each succesive album. What I was referring to was this part of the early review...

Instead, this as-yet-untitled album is just full of confident, expansive guitar rock from the masters of the form. All the old tricks — the Edge's echoing guitar notes, Larry Mullen Jr.'s martial snare — still work, although Bono has lost a touch of the high clarity he had in his mullet-sporting days.
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From:arashi_soul
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I know. :)

I wonder if would it be perhaps too much to hope for another "Where the Streets Have No Name" Or another "With or Without You" for that matter. Not necessarily a repeat of either of those two rather excellent songs, but an effort that yields an auditory peer, so to speak, a song that can "rally the masses" in the "Where the Streets Have No Name" tradition, and a song that be simultaneously intimate and anthemic in the "With or Without You" style.

Also, it is my opinion that the return appearance of Bono's nigh legendary mullet is long overdue. Considering Bono's current hair style, with a decent conditioner and a bit of hairspray, the mullet could almost make that return appearance.
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From:arashi_soul
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC)
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I wonder if would it be perhaps too much to hope for another "Where the Streets Have No Name" Or another "With or Without You" for that matter.

Pardon my lackluster editing. Pretend the two above sentences read "I wonder if it would be perhaps too much to hope for another 'Where the Streets Have No Name.' Or another 'With or Without You' for that matter."
From:walrusoct9
Date:August 23rd, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Man, you guys are way too picky.

I just hope it doesn't sound like the White Stripes. :)
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From:silentbob037
Date:August 23rd, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Maybe it comes down to the first time that we really discover a band. To Time Magazine or the person that wrote the article, The Joshua Tree could have been their first real exposure to the band which leads them to be stuck comparing everything to what was their first basis of knowledge of the band. But I digress...

I think they have had songs like that. "Walk On" and, at least for me personally, "Stuck In A Moment" are both songs that connected at the same level as the previous ones.
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From:ladylardence
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
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SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!

*does dance of joy* :D
From:seven86
Date:August 23rd, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
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That's so freakin' cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

I can't wait!!!! :D
and September is getting closer, "vertigo" is hitting the air-wave sooner than we think it is.

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From:dysprosium
Date:August 23rd, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
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...Larry Mullen Jr.'s martial snare...

*pumps fist in the air*

That was one of my favourite things about War... Larry's "military drumming". You can actually hear a bit of it at the beginning of that most-recently leaked clip. All I can say is, it's about time!
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From:arashi_soul
Date:August 23rd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)
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Maybe the band's been spending time under staircases again? ;)
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From:_acrobat_
Date:August 24th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
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*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited*excited

*GRINS*

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