“Tomorrow Never Knows”
I lost it the second time through “I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love” when he hit the line “but mostly I’ll miss being able to call her and talk.”
Befitting its writerly nature, this album rewards multiple listens in a very literary sense: you start picking up lyrics that reference the events and subjects of other songs, and some very rich overarching themes begin to emerge from out of the disparate stories. Easily the most rewarding listen I’ve enjoyed in several years.
Or the continent of Europe.
Now that Live Nation is fully calling the shots, it’s probably unlikely that the first order of business will be inking an agreement to have U2 play AEG’s crowning festival.
The real howler in this interview is when she waxes jealous about Kony 2012.
Adore is easily better than both Pisces and Gish.
I still don’t fully understand why I’m supposed to care about Drake.
Tom, you’re crazy. I agree that “Reflektor” is a half-baked video, but Corbijn’s stuff is great, especially the early string of iconic Depeche Mode videos he did. Hell, he deserves Hall of Fame music video status if the only thing he had ever done was his video for U2′s “One”:
Ahhhh got it. You can perform all remaining penance by offering a tribute to “Almost Killed Me” next March.
“instead of Craig Finn’s gratuitous nasal sing-talking.”
Hey, fuck you.
“God Only Knows,” followed closely by “Surf’s Up”
Great piece. One of my favorite U2 albums — probably top four or five for me — and this absolutely gets some important things about the band correct, including the fact that this album has now become a residual casualty of Pop. I also agree with the take on U2′s 2000s and the problems associated with their too-calculated recent work.
I do quibble a bit with this though: “‘The First Time’ deals with a perennial topic of Bono’s — that of family ties, particularly the relationship between fathers and sons.” Err, kind of. Essentially I read it as one of their most overtly Christian songs, of a piece with “Acrobat” and “Wake Up Dead Man” in terms of their ’90s work — less religious joy, more existential and spiritual despair about God’s silence.
Yeah, for me, the biggest AD2 standouts have been kicking around for a while. That one since Labor Day of ’11.
Because seriously, we’re just picking runners up for “Get Lucky”
Here are some good runners up for “Get Lucky”:
Phoenix – “Trying to Be Cool”
Classixx – “Long Lost”
Todd Terje – “Strandbar”
Holy Ghost – “Dumb Disco Ideas”
Chvrches – “Gun”
The National – “Sea of Love”
Daft Punk – “Fragments of Time”
My 12 favorite so far:
Classixx: Holding On
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Disclosure – Settle
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
The Men – New Moon
My Bloody Valentine – m b v
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Phoenix – Bankrupt!
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Savages – Silence Yourself
Various Artists – After Dark 2
1. Rebellion (Lies)
2. Neighborhood 1 (Tunnels)
3. Keep the Car Running
4. We Used to Wait
5. Wake Up
6. Ready to Start
7. Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)
9. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
10. No Cars Go
“Fragments of Time” is my favorite thing on the album. They started with what “Digital Love” winked at and simply went all in this time.
This is so damn good. They had me from the “Seven Wonders” sample that opens this thing.
This interview makes me want to finally hear a quality rip of this album even more than I did before, which was already a lot.
“That comparison stems directly from the ’80s-inspired, falsetto-infused “Tap Out,” a song that trumps anything on Bankrupt! . . . ”
Everything on Bankrupt!, except, “Entertainment,” “SOS in Bel Air,” “Trying to Be Cool,” “Bankrupt!,” “Drakkar Noir,” “Chloroform,” and “Bourgeois.”
Those are the five songs, exactly.
My residual love for the Cars even makes me somewhat sympathetic towards “Two Kinds of Happiness.”
I didn’t get the Angles hate. I legitimately loved half of the tracks on that album.
This will be a commercial and critical trainwreck. Just a mess of an album.
“All the Time” and “Welcome to Japan” are both quite good though.