We know all about this one already! My analysis is here.
2. Miracle Drug
This seems like an interesting selection to follow Vertigo. From the minute-long snippet we have, this sounds like an atmospheric track in the vein of The Unforgettable Fire with the slide guitar and effects of With Or Without You, so I wouldn't have thought it would have followed a rocking track like Vertigo. That said, it's a judgement made from only a portion of the song and it will be very interesting to see how it turns out. I absolutely hate the title, but I'm hoping for something deep and insightful from the lyrics. I noticed a thread on Interference where someone posted what they claimed were the lyrics, but I took it with a grain of salt and went to read another thread.
3. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
We knew this one was coming, despite the fact the title bears similarities to Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of. Bono sung this at the funeral of his father, and there are also some lyrics in circulation. There were two rumoured songs about Bob Hewson, SYCMIOYO and Tough, and I was actually expecting them to select Tough to avoid the Stuck connection (sure, 11 O'clock Tick Tock's b-side was called Touch, but who remembers that?). I really don't think we can predict the style, though I'll bet you it starts off softly and flows very nicely with the atmospheric nature of Miracle Drug.
4. Love And Peace Or Else
I can't wait to hear this song in studio quality. The longest leak is of this song, and I love it. It drives along wonderfully and I cannot wait to hear it live. Edge has described this one as a "heavy mother" and I am hoping that the lyrics are politically charged.
5. City Of Blinding Lights
The title of this song intrigues me. It makes me think of Surrender and I really do wonder how heavy it will be. Considering its position on the album, between LAPOE and ABOY, it will hopefully rock. There are some lyrics floating around from a photo shoot that some people suspect to be from this song, but I'm doubtful. Then again, the thing I have learnt with U2 is that if you read the lyrics, you wouldn't necessarily pick just what the song is like.
6. All Because Of You
From the little bit we have heard and additional information we know, I will bet that this will be a big single and it will have crossover appeal - it will rock enough for rock radio, but be pop enough for the modern and top 40 stations.
7. A Man And A Woman
Hello ballad. I guess its position after ABOY will probably prove to be apt. Track seven on U2 CDs is typically hit or miss. On the one hand, we have singles such as Two Hearts Beat As One, In God's Country, and The Fly along with the classics of Bad and Gone, but on the other, there are songs that don't seem to be so popular amongst the fanbase - The Ocean, Some Days Are Better Than Others, and Wild Honey. I am hoping this one will fall into the positive category and not be a dodgy pop/summer tune like Wild Honey. If it's anything like All I Want Is You or One, I'll be happy. I have this feeling it will grow on me.
8. Crumbs From Your Table
I would have to say that when it comes to U2 CDs, track eight is typically the most unexciting. Not a lot really stands out (not even Mysterious Ways, which I think was much better live). In recent years, we've seen the appalling Miami and somewhat cliche Peace On Earth at the eighth position, so hopefully this will break the streak. I really hope this is a standout track and that it has the theological connections some people speculate it has. Bono's favourite translation of the Bible is The Message, and I believe a passage in there speaks of "crumbs from your table," so at this stage, the chances look good. I love it when U2 go theological.
9. One Step Closer
This title and the next one really came from left field at me. Quite a while ago, there had been a rumoured title, One Step Closer To Knowing, but no-one had mentioned it at all and it had fully slipped from my mind. I get absolutely no impressions from this - I get no implications of how it will sound or what it will be. I would analyse it to pieces, but nothing's coming to me. I guess on 22 November, I'll be a step or two closer to knowing!
OK, really, U2's just getting Linkin Park back for stealing the title of Numb.
10. Original Of The Species
This is another one that hadn't been mentioned much recently - the only recent mention of it was in speculation it had become A Man And A Woman (Adam being the Original Of The Species, with Adam and Eve being A Man And A Woman). That's clearly not true and it's a different song. I seem to remember something to do with it being a rocking song but since it hasn't been discussed for so long, I can't remember!
This track excites me the most. I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR THIS SONG. The title itself is enough to tremendously excite the theological nerd inside of me, and I suspect when I first get the CD and put it in my discman, I will skip straight to this track and turn it up loud. It has been described as a 'big' song in both themes and sound, and I hope it lives up to the talk. It sticks with a recent trend of ending albums with a theologically themed song - The Wanderer, Wake Up Dead Man, Grace, and now Yahweh. Awesome, totally awesome.
I'm making a setlist from the songs we've already heard all or some of. It doesn't include many new songs for the simple reason I haven't heard them, so just pretend U2 aren't ready to bring them into the setlist yet. I am going to try to be realistic and not throw something like Bass Trap into the setlist, though.
1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
5. All Because Of You
6. Beautiful Day
7. Mysterious Ways
9. Miracle Drug
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. Bullet The Blue Sky
12. Running To Stand Still
14. Electrical Storm
15. Love And Peace Or Else
16. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
17. Until The End Of The World
18. New Year's Day
19. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
21. With Or Without You
The album count
The Unforgettable Fire: 3
The Joshua Tree: 4
Rattle And Hum: 0
Achtung Baby: 3
All That You Can't Leave Behind: 3
Best Of 1990-2000: 2
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: 4
Trying to write a realistic setlist for U2 today is a very hard job, and the more new material we know, the harder it will be. There are so many classics to be included that a 20-22 song setlist is no longer realistic to include a broad spectrum of material while featuring at least 7 new songs (as the new one will). Even with rotating setlists, there are elements that have to be kept in all of them and I will be interested to see how U2 deals with this problem. I do hope they scrap the acoustic set - I feel it totally ruins the flow of the main set. Time will tell.
Apparently I am a blasphemer. I dislike Ultra Violet (Light My Way). Honestly, I don't know why so many people like this song. The lyrics are appalling, it feels like U2 are performing a boyband song, it's boring, and it really lets Achtung Baby down. I tried to listen to it earlier, but ... it's just not a good U2 song. Oh well, I guess it says something for the quality of U2 when I can claim to only dislike two songs out of their nearly 200 song catalogue, Ultra Violet and Red Light. I don't necessarily like Wild Honey a lot, but it's a fun song when I'm in the right mood, and I no longer hate Miami. Poor lyrics, yes, but I like the way it drives along and I can't help but appreciate how it merged superbly with Bullet on the first two legs of the Popmart tour.
I think that's about it. I really don't have anything worthwhile to post about today. My assignments are coming along nicely. The written component of my Geography assignment is done and I'm making headway on SOR. Oh, I know what I'll do!
This is the first poem for my SOR assignment. I'll hopefully complete five or six more by Thursday morning. Yay for me. This one is on the given theme of suffering.
Repetitive Strain Injury
The light broke through the thick wreathes of dull clouds,
Piercing a way through the dismal, grey shrouds,
Scattering the dawning pain of daylight
Over the bleak landscape of winter night.
A new day brought a renewed agony
Felt over the land and into the sea,
Splitting a heart so strong it did not feel
While night was so long, protective and real.
The sins that darkness covered were exposed;
Shown to be burdensome and sordid woes
That would torture the souls of the guilty
For the day until an hour after tea,
When again the revelatory sun
Would set and let night have the bleak, dark run.
Seeking redemption with a passion strong,
Everything the people knew was wrong,
And errantly they took blissful comfort
In the same wrongs that had previously bought
The suffering they did not seek at all.
They saw not that they nightly played the fool,
Tricked into suffering, left in pain,
Out in the cold, stung by the poison rain.
Without cessation, the wheel revolved,
Enslaving the people blindly involved
In the deceptive behaviour that saw
Conclusion in the agony they bore.
Now I have maps to draw, diagrams to complete, and other fun assignment-y things to do. Hopefully tonight I'll be able to feel very nice and accomplished again.