Originally posted by LostSailor:I never understood all of the hate for SOE. It's a good album because of the sum of its parts IMHO. SOI is an album with more epic songs that don't fit well together in their original running order. I guess I am in the minority here as I also love NLOTH and think it's U2s last great album and a mini-masterpiece. For context, I have seen 34 shows beginning with Zoo TV. There is no album in U2s catalogue that even comes close to Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree in terms of sheer EPIC GREATNESS. Both of those albums are pure ART that whose impact and power transcend music. Although HTDAAB has deep personal meaning for me since my Father passed away a year before its release and STYDMIOYO has elements of my story as well, and I had the privilege of talking with Bono about our Father's, HTDAAB is a bit flat for me overall. Mercy and Xanax and Wine should be on that record as well. I tend to listen to SOI and SOE way more than HTDAAB these days and although not close to perfect, the music is more adventurous and interesting to me than HTDAAB. The Vertigo tour was Phenomenal however. Thank you if you are still reading. Sorry if this turned into a bit of an unfocused rant.
Originally posted by pleasegone:[..]
I think you overestimate the impact of Funky Drummer. It was all over music from as far back as the mid 80's to late 90's, but to suggest Mysterious Ways is "built" around it is a bit much. I doubt it had anything to do with the lyrics or vocal arrangement.
Originally posted by melon51:@kris_smith87 & @Release3,
Had a quick go at a Seque mix of Love Is All We Have Left into Streets and made them more 'vocal-centric' (studio versions)
Feel free to not like it, but it gives you an idea