Hi again :)
I rate my songs from 1 to 5, 1 being worst and 5 being best.
I first got into U2 when I was about 11, hearing Elevation at a PGL Summer camp disco and FALLING IN LOVE WITH IT!!! I then borrowed All That You Can't Leave Behind from my Dad and listened to it. Then I got the other Eno/Lanois albums and as they say, the rest is history. I saw U2 in concert last month and it was probably the best gig I've ever been to.
Well, here goes the review ;O
Track One - Vertigo: Unos, Dos, Tres, Catorce!!! The track starts off with a bang and sets the scene for the rest of the album perfectly. This is a fun song and sounds like a combination of the more up beat songs from All That You Can't... (I'm thinking Beautiful Day and Elevation) with U2s punky roots as a Dublin 6th form band. Awesome single, great live too. 5/5
Track Two - Miracle Drug: More serious than Vertigo, with a beautiful riff from Edge starting off the track. It is in this track when you can really tell that the four work together so well. Bono's voice combines so well with Edge's guitar playing and Adam and Larry's bass and drums go well with everything. The song starts off quietly and gets louder until it reaches that BIG CHORUS that U2 are so famous for. 5/5
Track Three - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own: This song is dedicated to Bono's dad, Bob Hewson, who died in 2001 a day after one of their Slane Castle gigs. In this song, Bono really means it when he says "you're the reason I sing", as Bob Hewson was an opera singer and he inspired Bono. The song itself is great - like Miracle Drug, it starts quiet and gets louder. This is also another with the BIG CHORUS. 5/5
Track Four - Love and Peace or Else: Although U2 are so famous for their political songs, this one is unlike any of their others (Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky etc). In fact, it covers a few genres as it pleads for love and peace in this 21st century world. It starts off sounding industrial and gothic, but after the introduction it turns into a bluesy shuffle that reminds me of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's 'Spread Your Love'. 5/5
Track Five - City of Blinding Lights: Starting off with Edge's 'Coca - Cola riff' i.e. a guitar riff that you can instantly tell is Edge's, the track becomes a soaring love letter to New York City. Although it does talk about New York City a lot, Bono is also referring to his wife Ali in this song. (I think) It's a mixed song, the lyrics are serious but the music is up beat. Because of this, it's a classic U2 song. 4.5/5
Track Six - All Because of You: I love this one! It starts off with another 'Coca - Cola riff' and turns into a good time rocking stomper of a tune. It's about Bono when he was a teenager and when he first met Ali, and it sums up love at first sight like nothing else! 5/5
Track Seven - A Man and a Woman: Not one of my favourites off the album, but is a nice mellow tune none the less. 3/5
Track Eight - Crumbs From Your Table: A song about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, possibly about when Bono actually went to Africa. A powerful song with an important message "where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die". It also has some amazing guitar work from Edge. 5/5
Track Nine - One Step Closer: Another that isn't one of my personal favourites but is still a good tune. Has some good lyrics and the hook line was actually from something that Noel Gallagher said to Bono about his Dad dying, "he's one step closer to knowing." 3/5
Track Ten - Original of the Species: A beautiful tune. The intro is a childlike piano riff that goes on through the song, This one is dedicated to Edge's daughter and it is almost a 'Bono Talk' for her, with a lot of good messages in it "some things you shouldn't get too good at, like smiling, crying and celebrity". This is one of those songs that can make you well up within a few bars of listening to it. 5/5
Track Eleven - Yahweh: Yahweh is the Heberew word for Jesus, and this song is a call for help in the messed up world, a bit like a calmer version of 'Love and Peace or Else.' Like the last song, it has some very meaningful lines "take these hands, don't make a fist" being my personal favourite. The guitar line is more like rhythm guitar than the usual stadium filling lead, but it goes well with the overall theme of the song. 5/5
Track Twelve - Fast Cars: This song is completely different to anything that U2 have ever done in their career! It sounds like a kind of Middle Eastern version of Vertigo! In one bit of the song, Bono's voice goes down very low. If you heard this song without someone elling you that it was U2, you would never guess that it was. Strangely, this one reminds me a bit of 'Chop Suey' by System of a Down. (A good thing!) 5/5
Overall I love this album tp bits and it would make a good first album for people e.g teens (lke me) who want to get into U2.
U2 is crap. Bono is a high voiced pop pansy, and Edge's guitar playing is bland and simple. They're not innovative, unique, or good, and their lyrics are pretentious, and trashy. I'm glad Bono helps out debt-fucked countries so much, because U2 as a band just drags humanity down.
Yea i think they are just trendy and only people who think they are super cool and super trendy like them. And has anyone realised that Bono or one of these guys is a complete idiot? The translation for "Uno, dos, tres, catorce" would be "one, two, three, fourteen"!!! DUMBASSes!!! Learn to count.
U2 is crap. Bono is a high voiced pop pansy, and Edge's guitar playing is bland and simple. They're not innovative, unique, or good, and their lyrics are pretentious, and trashy. I'm glad Bono helps out debt-****ed countries so much, because U2 as a band just drags humanity down
Now hold on, I'm not a big U2 fan but I think thats totally wrong. Just because Bono has a high pitched voice, doesn't make him a pop pancy. Bon Scott had a high pitched voice, too, and he's anything but a pop pansy.
U2 are a great band
I used to hate them because Edge just plays the same stuff in every song, but once you get into the songs, you realise thats just his sound and it serves the songs well.
Get over it...everyone worked out that Quatorze (not catorce) was 14, it just sounds better and thats what making music is about, retard.
Why is every other person on this site a knobhead who comes on to just complain....stay away from band's reviews if you don't like them
It sounds better? So, if it sounded better, would you create a song that said "we should kill all the jews"? No. 1,2,3,14 is retarded. If it doesn't work by the language, leave it out.
It's not his high voice that makes him a pop pansy. It's the cookie cutter pop trash music, with poor, simple guitar riffs, mixed with his high, cookie cutter vocals, which are the exact same as they were 10 years ago - boring. And this album - boring.
Bon Scott was also a pop trash icon. Though I don't want to debate AC/DC's success in the wrong place. Their songs ran on a template just as bad, if not worse than U2's do. Boring, uninventive pop-rock is all U2 will ever be able to muster. I can only hope they some day prove me wrong.
And yes, Bixler and Sanchez are far higher. But you can't deny that Bono does that throaty thing where he can sing relatively high notes (though he's not as good as Sanchez/Bixler, because he can't maintain any element of vocal STRENGTH while on those high notes.)
[quote=tenfootbrett]It sounds better? So, if it sounded better, would you create a song that said "we should kill all the jews"? No. 1,2,3,14 is retarded. If it doesn't work by the language, leave it out. [/quote]
Congratulations for totally ignoring my explanation.
And that 14 thingy I gues they know that too when writing a song, but they thought of it when theyw ere drunk or something ... And what does it care what they say, they're great musicans, and are a abnd that changed from style to style(if you notice)
Well then get you! They're one of my favourite bands and that is my opinion. I'm pleased that I've got some haters because at least I'm contraversial then. By the way I knew that "unos, dos, tres, quatorce" was "1, 2, 3, 14". I studied Spanish last year. But Vertigo is a good song, and so are most of the ones on this album. Average? Cookie cutter pop trash? I don't think so. U2 are one of the best bands around and yes, they may have had some bad points as well as good points and yes a little up themselves at times, but who cares when they have survived for 25 years as an awesome band without splitting up or anything? That takes commitment and I hope you understand that, all of you. Dragon Prince, you are on my side (as well as a few others) and that's good. But like I say, at least I've had mostly negative feedback from my review and not nothing at all.