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U2: Songs of Experience: Deluxe Edition

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It's perfectly fitting so many of the song titles on U2's Songs of Experience sound like self-help aphorisms (at worst) or quick excerpts from an individual's inner dialogue (at best). “Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" and “You're The Best Thing About Me," to name just two, are parceled over the course of a baker's dozen tracks, the sequence of which at large plays off against a search for personal identity against a newsreel of current events.

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U2: Songs of Experience

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By blending a dazzling array of musical influences and directions for more than 4 decades now, Irish band U2 has come to represent one of the boldest rock bands in both genre-blending style and lyrical impact. 40 years since U2 was formed, the band continues to develop and refine the template they essentially created with surprisingly positive results. Several decades forward and U2 remains the world's preeminent rock band. There is literally nobody else in rock music these days that ...

INTERVIEWS

Steve Averill: U2's Joshua Tree is Still a Strong, Exciting, and Relevant Album

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Album art has always played an important role in how certain music was received. The best album covers are often as much a part of the whole work as the music itself. They are not only a marketing tool but an extension of artistic intent as well as they create a visual representation of the music i.e. it sets the stage for what the listeners would experience. Graphic designers have been creating works of art that obviously have transcended mere ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

U2: Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

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U2 Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris Interscope 2016 Music's soothing powers in times of tragedy and upheaval have proven to give comfort, inspire dialogue and open people's minds. Giving succor to victims of tragedies and terrorist attacks is in a way music's noble employment. Music always provides time and space for reflection. In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015, when terrorist squads attacked various locations in ...

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U2 The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015

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U2 The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 Madison Square Garden New York, NY July 30, 2015 Eight sold out shows during a residency at Madison Square Garden is no small feat, even for a band of U2's stature. The four man band that formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976 and has kept the same lineup for nearly 4 decades is still going strong, displaying staying power that only the formidable can accomplish.

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U2: Songs of Innocence Deluxe Edition

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Given the controversy that arose around the unilateral download of U2's Songs of Innocence, it's either brave, foolish or greedy to see the issue of the album in various physical forms in such short order. Yet the group confounds even further in the way they can, when playing and singing, leave behind the posing, pomposity and lethal careerism. Thus, the prospect of unreleased material and alternate takes of tracks from the original list can't help but pique the curiosity.

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U2: Songs of Innocence

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To accurately assess and analyze the music of U2's Songs of Innocence, it's necessary to exert a herculean effort to shunt aside issues that would otherwise camouflage a clarity of mind. It's been at least eighteen months or more that the new U2 album was supposedly imminent, so the rise and fall of expectation and anticipation leads away from, rather than closer to, a discerning eye and ear. And the recent controversy arising from the auto-appearance of the album as ...

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U2: Songs of Innocence

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These days there is no other band that can polarize both critics and audiences alike than Irish band U2. Most of the time that's because of non-musical reasons that have accumulated through the years and the internet never forgets. The band always seems to cause heated debates that swell into fever pitch. Having reinvented themselves several times during their career the most constant thing about it is the constant change. And with each new record U2 seems to be taking ...

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U2: Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary edition

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Every once in a while, a record will appear that will change the way to which music is listened, which will expand concept of music and its essence and boundless potential. A record of such importance has the ability to disrupt and shake the space-time continuum of musical history, serving as a signpost to everything that will follow afterward. One such record was U2's Achtung Baby (Island, 1991), which was hailed upon its release as a rock 'n' roll blueprint ...

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U2: From the Sky Down

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U2From the Sky DownDocumentary Partners2012Music documentaries get more viable and interesting as more and more renowned film directors grab their chance to prove themselves in the genre. Apart from ordinary documentaries that only provide biographical data or sketches, some of them serve as a modern day visual novels, delivering emotionally enriching experiences and storytelling. Music history has proven interesting and fertile ground. Twenty years ago the music world saw major changes in ...