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Seriously Bono, get off my lawn.
Thankfully, there was no Hugh Grant in that, but yes…I agree on both fronts. You really need to settle into this album on an infinite loop if you can. It’s pretty risky and bold for a sophomore album from a band that essentially built their popularity (at least in US) primarily on buzz and word of mouth. As far as I’m concerned, this is a win. They’ve maintained that very unique aloofness while still pushing forward with that subtle edge that keeps them away from mediocrity.
This album is like when you sit down and start watching some meat grinder rom-com only come to find out it’s directed by Tarantino. You don’t want to love it as much as you do, but it’s unavoidable. Now, I know what your sayin….Tarantino? Rom-com? That actually might be sorta cool, but then you see Kathryn Heigl and Hugh Grant and you’re like, wtf, but then some weird bounty hunter comes in and next thing ya know, there’s blood everywhere…
Either way, I can’t stop listening to it.
LOVE this album. Great pick. Listened to this thing all week….really settles down as it plays along. Don’t be afraid of the nostalgic Papa Don’t Preach vibe on You Were a Runaway.
Rhianna says,”NO, Fuck you!” AP then reports, “CBS and Rihanna are parting ways for good.”
Ya think?! Probably a good idea we avoid bringing the world of verbal abuse into the mix now, I spose.
Just tons of class running around the NFL these days…
You’re probably right, Scott…and come to think of it, I haven’t heard boo from her regarding any of the recent events that have gone on anyway. It’s sad too because with her reach and how relative it is with her, it’s a huge opportunity to make a stand and possibly draw many into recognizing and possibly taking action against domestic violence. This could have been a great way for her to create positive spin and help others fight in acknowledging the real issue.
Maybe Rihanna just didn’t want to be associated with what surrounds her in regard to the obvious issue so made a stand and simply backed out on her own?
Another classic example where this should not be seen as an NFL decision but an individuals stand against domestic violence in order to make a statement.
Fricke used to be a critical force, too. This is very disconcerting. Five stars is something that used to be that white whale for any band and he drops back and lobs this out there like he’s handing out a stick of gum. I’m all for each publication having their own genre niche and U2 is certainly one of RS’s poster children in that respect, but seriously, they think this is better than what they gave Achtung, Baby.
And, just for giggles, here’s what Steve Pond wrote about Joshua Tree back when that came out:
“That’s not to say that this record is either a flagrantly commercial move or another Born in the U.S.A. The Joshua Tree is U2′s most varied, subtle and accessible album, although it doesn’t contain any sure-fire smash hits.”
Great pick…man, this is a solid album. Heard it was recorded in a barn which, in a weird way, adds to its enjoyment when you close your eyes and push play.
On a side note, I must acknowledge El Pintor and Pitchforks review which, mind you, I really didn’t take into any consideration. What infuriates me is that about 70% of the review is the writer pontificating and discussing Interpols past success/failures and general opinion as to where he believes the band evolved and stands today. I want a review of the album…if I want I bio on a band I’ll pull up their fucking Wikipedia page. Amiright??
There, now that I got that out….back to that U2 album.
Just go in accepting the fact that the days of Unforgettable Fire, War, Boy, Achtung and Joshua Tree are very much behind them and this’ll be a fun listen for ya. You cannot expect U2 to fire their (once) creative torpedoes at you when they are handing off a free album to you that was distributed by the Evil Empire that is Apple. It’s simply not possible.