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I think we can all agree that it's time for a new U2 thread, can't we?

News has been slipping out here and there all summer about the possibility of new material, and yesterday I noticed this fascinating little nugget posted at the @U2 site:

A recent article in the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post-Crescent makes mention of a scheduling hiccup in the recording schedule of a local band called "The Robins". Seems producers Greg Fidelman and Rick Rubin will be working on their upcoming effort, but need to take a little break during September "to go to London to engineer tracks for U2

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I thought HTDAAB was a step up from ATYCLB, so I'm hoping they give it another go.

And Bono may be more invested in this next one. He hasn't been quite so busy on the political side of things recently, and if he's taking piano lessons, that could make things interesting... or disastrous...

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Let's just pray that its better than HTDAAB. I seriously wonder if its time for them to retire.

Ok, take the Rolling Stones, and then you can start to think about a band that should retire (or should've retired years ago). HTDAAB was nowhere near as good as Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby, admittedly, but it was definitely as as good as several of their earlier records (Unforgettable Fire, War, etc.). They've still got plenty of time. Edited by Joel C

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Atomic Bomb isn't their best album, but it sounds very much like the band believed in the songs, and put a lot of time and energy into them. They're hardly phoning it in-- they still sound like they care about what they're doing, even if some of us think what they're doing could be better.

Bono and Larry both mentioned in interviews that they hope to return to more adventurous, experimental music in the future-- let's hope the future begins with their next album!

(And actually, I also remember Bono saying that the band wanted to make an album with some hip-hop influences... and hasn't Rick Rubin produced some hip-hop acts in the past? Hmmmm...)

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Let's just pray that its better than HTDAAB. I seriously wonder if its time for them to retire.

Ok, take the Rolling Stones, and then you can start to think about a band that should retire (or should've retired years ago). HTDAAB was nowhere near as good as Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby, admittedly, but it was definitely as as good as several of their earlier records (Unforgettable Fire, War, etc.). They've still got plenty of time.

Yeah, I get your sentiment about the rolling stones. My logic though, is based on the last four albums, and not just the latest one. Ok, I LOVED "All that you leave behind," but Zooropa and Pop, well, stunk. So, while I will say that ATLB is one of my favorite u2 albums, three out of the four most recent albums have been duds.

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but Zooropa and Pop, well, stunk.

"Pop?"

"Pop?"

You are truly off your gourd.

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I have a close friend who loves U2's whole catalogue, and Zooropa is her favorite.

I love it too, and I think it works better as an album than any record but Joshua Tree.

As for Pop, I've already filled enough posts with enthusiasm for that record's high points (although it definitely has a few lows...)

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mmm, so I see I hit a nerve, eh? Well. We're all entitled to our own opinions. Just remember, mine is right and yours is wrong. :P

hehe. :D

And thanks for not gettin super mad at me. :) You guys can rip on any of my bands. Heck, I like a band called the new pornographers for heaven's sake! What do I know about music anyways!!! :P

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I love it too, and I think it works better as an album than any record but Joshua Tree.

Amen! Some of the songs sound a bit dodgy on their own (Daddy's Gonna Pay...), but when you listen to Zooropa in its entirety it becomes clear that this is as close to a full-on "concept album" as the band has ever done.

Assuming U2 does get more "experimental" on its next project, what direction would you guys like to see them go? The aforementioned hip-hop route? Coldplay-style ballads with Bono on the piano? (Please God, no!) A full orchestra on every track? Collaborations with obscure guest artists? Larry on lead vocals? What about getting in touch with their Irish roots and incorporating some traditional instrumentation (like the uilleann pipes on "Tomorrow")?

Personally, I'd like to see them revisit the techno/electronica angle from "Pop" (which was really just window dressing to a collection of great rock songs). Only this time they should allow enough time to actually finish the record and perfect it before releasing it to the public.

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I love it too, and I think it works better as an album than any record but Joshua Tree.

Amen! Some of the songs sound a bit dodgy on their own (Daddy's Gonna Pay...), but when you listen to Zooropa in its entirety it becomes clear that this is as close to a full-on "concept album" as the band has ever done.

Assuming U2 does get more "experimental" on its next project, what direction would you guys like to see them go? The aforementioned hip-hop route? Coldplay-style ballads with Bono on the piano? (Please God, no!) A full orchestra on every track? Collaborations with obscure guest artists? Larry on lead vocals? What about getting in touch with their Irish roots and incorporating some traditional instrumentation (like the uilleann pipes on "Tomorrow")?

Personally, I'd like to see them revisit the techno/electronica angle from "Pop" (which was really just window dressing to a collection of great rock songs). Only this time they should allow enough time to actually finish the record and perfect it before releasing it to the public.

How about the Johnny-Cash-stripped-down-to-the-basics route? I'd applaud that kind of U2/Rubin collaboration. But I have to admit, the thought of a U2/hip-hop hybrid makes me shudder. It's a beautiful day, unh unh. No.

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It's a beautiful day, unh unh. No.

LOL! :D

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How about the Johnny-Cash-stripped-down-to-the-basics route? I'd applaud that kind of U2/Rubin collaboration. But I have to admit, the thought of a U2/hip-hop hybrid makes me shudder. It's a beautiful day, unh unh. No.

I've long wanted them to do something along those lines-- stripped down, maybe even jazzy. I think it could work. I've also wondered what it would sound like if they released something raw, a little rough around the edges-- they're notorious perfectionists in the studio, which is why they take so long between albums, but it might be cool to hear them do something a little more spontaneous.

And when I hear them talk about a hip-hop hybrid, I'm thinking more along the lines of "Mofo" or "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car"-- not, like, Bono rapping. I think it'd work just fine, if they do it right. They've pulled off stranger genre experiments. ("Discotheque," anyone?)

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Update: Hot Press reports that Jacknife Lee-- who helped out producing some of the cuts on Atomic Bomb, particularly "Love and Peace or Else"-- is going to be joining U2 and Rick Rubin in the studio throughout the month of September.

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Yeah, I get your sentiment about the rolling stones. My logic though, is based on the last four albums, and not just the latest one. Ok, I LOVED "All that you leave behind," but Zooropa and Pop, well, stunk. So, while I will say that ATLB is one of my favorite u2 albums, three out of the four most recent albums have been duds.

"Zooropa"? Stunk?

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I see you've been taken to task about "Pop" already, so I'll spare you another rebuttal.

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It now looks like there's a possibility of TWO U2 albums on the way, in addition to the Zoo TV DVD. First, @U2 quotes Bono as saying that the "new" U2 album will be out next year:

While in Sarajevo this week (see item below), Bono announced to Bosnian TV that the band plans to release a new album next year. He also put the clich

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Billboard magazine confirms that Rick Rubin is producing (or perhaps is one of several producers, a la HTDAAB) the new U2 album. And, disturbingly, we also learn that U2 is recording a song with GREEN DAY for a Hurricane Katrina benefit album. Ick.

Green Day rock harder than U2 ever dreamed Maybe you don;t like them because they support Gasy people's civil rights? SInce U2 actually SEEM want to be a real rock and roll --instead of just a pop band since the harders tuff on the new disc was far superior to their usual stuff-- band why not work with a real rock and roll producer--Black Crowes, Slayer!!!!! (yes, those alleged Satanists whose music I love--they recorded the first anti-Chrstian anti-war record with Christ llusion) the Cult's Electric.....hmmmm they could be backsliding eh?

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I just don't care for Green Day's music...

If U2 indeed has the balls towork with Rick Rubin they will come out sounding a lot harder ojn record thasn they ever have. The Edge at least seemsto be dog tired of doing his usual riffs and is learning somethng new on the electric guitar--he's been hanging out with Ron Asheton of Iggy and the Stooges and Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman of late (I know since both men live in my town and have told me so)--so I hope they turn everything up to 12, lay out some power riffs and try to show the kids how its done. Most of these guy are fine musicians and its about time they broke fromtheir tried and true for the masses sound and did somethng from the belly.

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I don't have a problem with U2 working with Rick Rubin. It could be interesting. I'm not optimistic about the duet with Green Day, though. It just doesn't sound like a good match to me, and will probably be viewed by many as a misguided effort on U2's part to recapture their youth.

As for Rick Rubin giving U2's music a harder edge, that might not necessarily be the case. Rubin has also produced Justin Timberlake. Or Johnny Cash's "My Mother's Hymnbook."

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I don't know of a second year guitar student who can't play Green Day riffs. I've been playing various instruments for several decades including guitar for over a decade and am still amazed at the thought and creativity that goes into Edge's output.

Not only that but Green Day's lyrics are whiny and trite. I honestly can't see the same two bands being able to stand each other's presence after half an hour.

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