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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0007DBXIS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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U2 Sometimes You Cant Make It On Your Own (2005 UK 5-track 2-CD single set featuring the dancefloor-filling Vertigo Redanka remix & the Jacknife Lee remix of Fast Cars plus a stunning Jacknife Lee remix of Ave Maria sung by Bono withLuciano Pavarotti [the original of which was performed at the Pavarotti & Friends concert in Italy 2003])

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stracs VINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
U2 have always been a band that produce profound music and Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own is a fantastic example of this. This song is so moving, written about Bono's father who died of cancer during their last tour, and performed at his funeral. Bono's emotions are clear in his performance and at times it moves me to tears. The song is perfectly composed, the lyrics extremely powerful and raw. The song is both gentle rock and powerful at the some time, with a very catchy melody. This is one of U2's very finest songs and should become an all time classic. The B-Side, Fast Cars, is on the album and is a great, catchy almost Spanish style acoustic number with sharp, witty lyrics. To get both songs on one single is a bargain.
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2 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
U2 have become a greedy corporation whom don't care about ART. Anyone who would call "Sometimes You Can't Make It" a 'deep song' has absolutely no credibility to judge music... it's probably the most cliché U2 song ever. If you want to listen to a brilliant song related to a father's death, listen to Pink Floyd "When The Tigers Broke Free" instead. Video Clip is even worse and more cliché, with all those silly shots at the Opera theatre.
Incredibly unoriginal and predictable, this is one of the worst U2 songs ever, and one of the most overhyped as well. The world needs this drivel like it needs a hole in the head. Moreover, it's absolutely irritating to listen to Bono straining his thin voice to hit the high notes.
I don't recommend this sellout U2 to anyone. PLEASE U2 stop embarassing yourselves !!!!.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes the lyrics just aren't 'complex' enough.... 17 Feb. 2005
By Ronald D. Dagostino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...But deal with it. They don't have to be.

I'm not going to claim to be a long-time U2 fan - on the contrary, I only started listening to the band this September. However, I've been addicted since then - not just with to their new material, but to older albums like War and Joshua Tree. Along with many other people, I was thrilled when How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb came out in November.

I first heard Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own on Saturday Night Live right before the album was released, and found it captivating. Have any of you seen Bono sing this live? If you haven't, it could be why you don't understand the raw power of this song. He is incredibly emotional, and both on SNL and on the recording of the Brooklyn Bridge concert you can see tears in his eyes.

The problem I'm hearing about most is the simplicity of the song - but since when is that a bad thing? Maybe it's just because we have come to expect so much from Bono's writing. But think about it, honestly - when your father dies, are you going to sit down and write complex lyrics with all sorts of metaphors and hidden symbolism? Not at all - you're in pain, your thoughts are muffled, you can't focus...you've just lost someone you love. It's an amazing feat for Bono to have even written this song, and I can't imagine the trial it is to perform live.

So, is it another Where the Streets Have No Name? A One? Maybe not - but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's simply a man mourning the loss of someone who was a role model and a father to him. It's about love, regret, dealing with life's circumstances and eventually learning to move on. Try listening to it just after you've lost a parent - I guarantee you'll feel differently.

Musically speaking, it's nothing out-of-the-box. Edge's and Adam's guitars and Larry's drums take a supporting role to Bono's vocals, and it melds perfectly. Bono's singing is flawless, really, and towards the end of the note he hits a high, opera note included in memory of Bob, who was a tenor. Edge sings back-up and a part of the chorus - although it's kind of hard to tell that it's him until you see the video.

To end this rant - myself, I love the song. I don't think it's the best on the new album, but I think it's Bono at his most Bono - he's not hiding behind any complicated lyrics; he's coming directly out and speaking his feelings. If that's not something you enjoy, you might not like the song. I highly reccomend not just the single, but also How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb itself.

Also, I highly reccommend the music video. Right now it's only avaiable (in its full form, anyway) to U2.com members, but it's extremely touching.

Hope this has been helpful :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Song, Lame Single. 23 Mar. 2005
By Robert Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" is an example of the band delivering pure, raw emotion backed by a beautiful wall of music. It's a heartwarming ballad Bono directs at his father who passed away in 2001 and was a tenor (allowing Bono to inherit a wonderous voice). Some have raged at it claiming it is nothing like the U2 ballads of old, well of course it's not, how often can you repeat something like "One" or "If God Will Send His Angels?" However, I do believe this is a better song than "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of." The feelings are more deep and the playing more memorable. "Sometimes" starts off with pure tenderness and builds to a stunning high pitch colored by Bono's powerful voice and moving slide guitar by The Edge (a master at this particular guitar style which appears numerous times in "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb"). It's like a tidal wave that builds and subsides. However, if the song is great then the single is lame. Up to even "Beautiful Day" and the first single edition of "Elevation," U2 were maestros in the field of releasing singles because the B-Sides were always fan-enticing material such as the live "Discotheque/If You Wear That Velvet Dress" found in "Beautiful Day" and the live "Last Night On Earth" and cover of Johnny Cash's "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" found in "Elevation." And of course in the late 80's we had "Unchained Melody," "Dancing Barefoot" and others. So why have U2 reduced to releasing a truck load of remixes with their new material? This plagued 2002's "Best Of 1990-2000 & B-Sides" set which offered nothing but tiresome remixes instead of real B-Sides. Here we get a re-doing of "Vertigo" that has no point other than making this not be a one song deal. "Sometimes..." is a wonderful song, but I hope the next single has a little more to offer.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An Old, long time fan 19 Feb. 2005
By Christopher R. Mosca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoy this song very much, and I've been with U2 from the beginning, I don't know what the big deal is with everyone. This new album is great , is different. They are at a different stage right now. Thats what I love about U2 you can't expect two albums to sound the same. They been through a lot lately, specially now with edges daughter having lukemia, and this whole Ipod commercial that people are freaking about. There was no money exchange at all for the ipod commercials, I think is a great idea. They might even realese every live concert from the tour though Itunes the day after.What's so bad with that?

All that matters is I still love them no matter what.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A worthy single to add to your collection 19 Feb. 2005
By Axver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own (SYCMIOYO) is without a doubt one of the very best tracks on the superb How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album. The lyrics are extremely personal, and anyone who has had troubles with their father will be able to feel Bono's pain and will find the lyrics to be hauntingly superb. Indeed, such is the quality of Bono's lyricism that the lyrics of SYCMIOYO can be related to many other situations just as adequately, as I know very well from experience. This song is a ballad of the calibre of masterpieces such as Bad, With Or Without You, One, and Stay (Faraway, So Close!), featuring some of Bono's best vocals since the Zooropa era.

The single as a format of musical release is pretty much dying, with sales continuing to decline. For that reason, bands focus more on album releases, and U2 are no exception. They have another good reason - their recording process is organic, with ideas developed in one session but not often fully formed until later (i.e. City Of Blinding Lights, recently released on HTDAAB, saw the first musical inception during 1996 sessions for Pop), and thus they do not want to release half-formed ideas that could be built upon later, especially not as b-sides on a format that is low-profile and will only be purchased by a relative few. Nonetheless, the single is solid enough and the title track itself is so marvellous that it definitely deserves a five star rating.

To answer some allegations, there was no iTunes debacle as no money changed hands, U2 are not sell-outs except in the sense that every band that signs a record deal is selling out their music to others, and anyone who thinks U2 have lost their way and become commercial since Pop is simply delusional. U2 are refining their art, playing to their strengths, releasing sincere and heartfelt rock in a world filled with shallow, fake Britney-pop and mindless rap. If the allegations against U2 were true, Bono would be singing "I want you in my pants" and the song would be used as part of a Levis jeans ad. That hasn't happened and the greatest rock band in the world are still the greatest rock band in the world, going where no-one has gone before and releasing some of their most successful and best music more than two and a half decades into their career. It may not be your cup of tea, but you have to admire the artistic ability. Just because U2 didn't make what YOU wanted doesn't mean it's bad. Some people need to stop living in the past.

SYCMIOYO is a superb single. The song is masterful, crafted by a band of extraordinary talent and infused with heartfelt, sincere lyrics that are both specific and universal. This is a U2 classic. Buy it today.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great song 17 Feb. 2005
By Petr Ruzicka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bono wrote this song as salute for his father ( actually, when his father died) and it's full of love passion and tender. Connection between father and son, problems of this relatinship, well I know it as well. I cryied once listening this song....
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