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25th listen – What I can’t help but notice is how unfinished a lot of the songs feel. Games? Man that is barely a sketch of a song. And most of the songs don’t even have a bridge – At least four of them are just verse chorus, verse chorus chorus. I think Under Cover of Darkness really was a great choice for first single, as it’s the best song on the album. Macchu Pichu and Taken for a Fool are the most likely other singles, with maybe Two Kinds of Happiness as an alternate. Four-ish great songs, the rest to me is just middling.
Why can’t they both be their best albums? Blue is a great alterna-pop record and Pinkerton is a balls to the wall rock record. I love them both equally. And I’ll say this – Tired of Sex is the most rocking song they’ve ever written.
Lost: one pair of balls. If found, please return to 2010.
My analysis: ZzzzzzzZZZzzzzz – Dr. Analysis.
Joshua Tree was the first album (on cassette!) I bought in ’87. Pretty much everything these guys did pre-Pop is classic. My first big concert was the ZOO-TV tour in ’92 – and I don’t know if a lot of you guys were old enough, but there was no hotter ticket in the entire world than that show. U2 in the 90s was groundbreaking for a mainstream act and the ZOO-TV stuff was considered pretty out there and challenging.
The 2000s have been a really tough time for U2 fans that remember the old times. Their last three albums have completely sucked ass save one or two singles, and they seem to have devolved into formula and comfortable bloat (especially Bono). A lot of people on this board have probably only experienced U2 in the 2000s – friends, that is not the band many of us know and I think the defenders on here are a little bit older. I hope they have one great record left in them, but as of now I put them in the same category of Weezer and the Stones – great bands that released some classic albums many years ago that skate by on their live shows.
Great track – super catchy.
I’m hearing Andrew W.K. It’s not awful, just pleasant and instantly forgettable.
Given this about ten spins now. I’m trying to separate my immediate, visceral critic from my more cerebral critic. So now I think I can properly evaluate it. I’ll say this straight away – it’s my least favorite Arcade Fire album.
And I say that only because I have found no immediate, sweeping, emotionally resonant anthems on this disc that move me in the same way that Wake Up, Lies, Keep the Car Running, or No Cars Go do. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. It’s a pleasant record, and I recognize that every song is catchy and well written. It hits my brain, but not my stomach. Reginne seems to have the standout tracks this go-around. Hers seem to be the most driving and passionate. I guess that’s my biggest critique of this record – the energy level seems sustainedly more mid-tempo and restrained. The crescendos are delivered at a more measured volume and intensity.
Like someone said above me, this album will be perfect for reading or studying, but for me it’s never going to be a “lost in the music” cranker like the last two. 6.5 on my scale.
All of these leaked songs are glaringly absent of hooks. “Not every song needs to have a hook, you dumbass!” Well, then at least make the melody interesting.
Come on dude. It’s a hip hop beat with sunny, summery harmonies. The comparison is not a huge stretch.