|12-01-2017, 12:51 AM||#7093|
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Kingston ON, Canada
U2 | Songs of Experience
This one is a grower.
Love is All We Have Left reminds me of something from their late 90s era. I like the use of autotune. A first for U2?
I think I will always love the Kimmel version of The Little Things that Give You Away more than any other version. But they did a good studio take. It just doesn't seem as emotional as the live endings. Slightly mannered.
Lights of Home wowed me. I adore the outro.
Red Flag Day is one of their catchiest songs. Amazing for a 40 year old band.
Summer of Love reminds me of the kind of filler I like from U2. Simpler, quieter songs. Like One Step Closer, In a Little While, A Man and a Woman and White as Snow.
The singles fit snugly into the framework of this album. They are the lesser songs, of course. I will say that The Blackout reminds me of their 90s disco craze period.
The final song, 13 (There is a Light), has choked me up a bit. Despite being written for his son, Bono kept it general enough to provide (occasionally sardonic) encouragement to anyone who cares to hear his plea. It, of all the call-backs to the previous album, feels the most sincere. Bono's had a rough few years with multiple health related issues, so I don't begrudge him the need to sing for his family.
The Showman sounds like a piece of 60's fluff. But again, the filler on this album isn't terrible. Just remembers its place is all. The song also reminds me of a b-side called Flower Child.
I think Songs of Experience has a great variety of musical depth. Lyrically it suffers from Bono's tendency to use platitudes. But he's always been preachy. He's simply and sadly not as poetic as he used to be. More blunt these days. But his voice is on point. It's subtle when it needs to be and soars at the right moments. I smirk when I remember reading how his Dad once claimed he was a baritone who wanted to be a tenor.
The album is mastered well for my taste. No big Edge solos, but a lot of tight and occasionally layered background work. Adam is as reliable as usual. Same with Larry. A few of the songs have little codas to them which allows them to breathe.
Great effort, guys.
Last edited by gweeps; 12-01-2017 at 01:25 AM.
|12-02-2017, 03:02 PM||#7097|
Join Date: Feb 2005
I look forward to getting back into this thread in the beginning of year after my work project has gone live. Starting Jan 1, I'm going to start doing a music listening bullet journal, I think. I'm still putting ideas together.
However, I have playing this album enough the past week that I should post it. I did not like my first (and only) listen to 1989. But I need to revisit it. I think this album is amazing, and I never would have believed I'd've said that a month ago as it's generally not my type of music.