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 +3Posted on Sep 12th | re: Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence (140 comments)

the thought just occurred to me: unless i’m missing something, this is the first U2 record since Pop that Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois have had zero involvement in. coincidence? any thoughts? i’m really surprised that no review has mentioned this yet.

 +2Posted on Sep 12th | re: Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence (140 comments)

Every Breaking Wave has gotten perma-stuck in my head since my first listen. for what it is (mainstream rock) i like it very much.

speaking of going dark.. there’s a rolling stone piece that talks about the record track-by-track, and included this interview bit re: “Raised By Wolves”:

The only overtly political song on the record, this one tells the true story of a car-bombing in Dublin that hit close to home. “On any other Friday I would have been at this record shop, but I cycled to school that day,” says Bono. “The bomb tore apart the street. I escaped but one of my mates was around the corner with his father, and it was a very hard thing for him to witness and I’m not sure he really got over it.”

…why didn’t he just sing that?

i’ve listened several times now, and i’m almost ready to agree with another commenter that it’s their best since Pop. there’s a lot of variety, it sounds pretty great on headphones.. i’m finding it much easier to listen to than Horizon, HTDAAB, et al.

what is does do is finally and completely affirm my increasing discomfort with Bono’s lyrics/performance, which, in my opinion, is the most significant difference between mid and late-period U2, and has become the band’s weakest link.

with every new record, it seems that two things are happening at the same time: Bono is finding less and less to say, but using more and more words to say it. while he’s always been heavy-handed, some of the lyrics on these songs are just embarrassing to listen to.

Bono is now incapable of writing a lyric as simple as “see the stone set in your eyes/see the thorn twist in your side/i wait for you” – if he wrote that song today it would have 3X as many words, and he would painfully explain in detail why he cannot, in fact, live with or without you.

he would also replace the “You” in that song with the word “Love”.

i would have loved this in ’98! in 2014, it shows its age, but i still really like it.

 0Posted on Aug 18th | re: Absolutely Free - "Beneath The Air" Video (1 comments)

true story: i saw Absolutely Free on a random friday night in Ypsilanti, Michigan of all places, where they were somewhere in the middle of a bill with a dozen other bands. after being out for only an hour or so, i had a ripping headache and was about to head home when they started playing. they sounded so good i immediately walked right up to the stage to watch them and ten minutes later my headache was gone (and never came back). great band, good people, and healing properties to boot – i’m glad to see them getting attention.

i would rather see 10,000 articles about Arcade Fire cover songs before i see one more “X years ago, X band released X album” article.

also worried. U2, as a business, doesn’t usually make mistakes like this. i think they’re too far up their own ass at this point in their career and i wish they would just chill out and make some good music with Brian and Danny without trying so damn hard to be the biggest band in the universe every 5 years.

also, i really have to disagree with the author’s characterization of Invisible as being a “return to form” – i’m not sure which of U2′s many ‘forms’ he is referring to, but i think it’s safe to say that it’s not one that longtime U2 fans have been clamoring for.

 +11Posted on Jul 16th | re: "Weird Al" Yankovic - "Foil" Video (Lorde Parody) (14 comments)

agree. i love that it starts out as just another Weird Al song about food, then takes a total left-turn.

 +10Posted on Jul 15th | re: "Weird Al" Yankovic - "Word Crimes" Video (Robin Thicke Parody) (19 comments)

I love the video, and was completely on-board with Al until he revealed himself to be part of the anti-Oxford-comma crowd, at which point I lost some respect for him.