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B. L. Waters "blsw76" (Glasgow, Scotland)

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Sam's Town
Sam's Town
Price: £2.95

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good, 2 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Sam's Town (Audio CD)
It's inevitable and right that people will compare this to their previous album Hot Fuss - I did as well and it's definitely not as good. But then, Hot Fuss is one of the top albums of all time so it was A LOT to live up to. Sam's Town on it's own, is a really good album - it took several listens to really get into it but once you're into you'll really enjoy the depth of the music and Brandon's lyrics. The first single from the album, "When You Were Young" is an obvious highlight, but the title song "Sam's Town" is a fast paced masterpiece, "Uncle Jonny" is tremendous with an all time classic opening guitar and, even though "Exitlude" is just a filler, it's eerily likeable. The amazon review says 'potential airs to U2' - maybe, but I think they need a few more Mr Brightsides to get there.

U218 Singles
U218 Singles
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £4.97

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great music, 2 Dec. 2006
This review is from: U218 Singles (Audio CD)
OK, so even I, as a massive U2 fan, have to agree that I'm surprised they put this out so soon after their previous greatest hits. But albums like this should be rated on the music and not just because it's an opportunity for U2-bashers to get their tuppenceworth. Look at the reviews of the Beatles latest greatest hits which means they must have released more greatest hits than actual albums - but you don't see people complaining about that?! And on the music, no-one, not even the most hardened U2-bashers can deny that there are some of the greatest tracks ever recorded on this album such as One, Beautiful Day, Pride, With or Without You, Stuck In A Moment and Sunday Bloody Sunday. How can anyone give that 1 star?? Especially if they claim to have been U2 fans in the past!!!! Anyway, it's a brilliant album and if you spend a few pounds more and get the DVD version, it's well worth it. The only negatives are some of the tracks that have been left out. It's just my opinion, but some of the tracks that could have been included - I Will Follow, October, Running To Stand Still, The Fly, Love Is Blindness, Original of The Species and I would have left out Sweetest Thing, Walk On and Elevation. But if they did that, they'd have had to call it U221.....

How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb [CD + DVD]
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb [CD + DVD]
Price: £2.48

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it their best album ever?, 22 Jan. 2005
I've now been listening to this album regularly for a couple of months now - I think you can only really write a proper review once you've listened to something for a while. Initially, I was thinking "it's really good" but thought there was something missing - as if it was a collection of a few really good songs with some OK fillers. Now, well, now I can see the full picture - this is not a great album - it's a stunning album. As a complete package, I think it's better than Joshua Tree and as good as Achtung Baby. Track by track:-
Vertigo - 9/10 - unadulterated, raw rock - will be awesome on tour. It's "Discoteque" meets "Beautiful Day" with added lashings of Edge being let loose. Oh, and watch out for the "Unforgettable Fire"-esque guitar work at around 1m10s - love it!
Miracle Drug - 9/10 - an expansive and soaring anthem from the finest purveyors of anthems! Starts off with ballad-y, synth-backed plea from Bono and keeps adding new layers as it goes along finishing as an all-hands-to-the-deck stadium rocker!
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - 10/10 - up there with "One" as one of their greatest songs ever - I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to it. Genuis.
Love and Peace or Else - 9/10 - more "Achtung" than "Bomb" and some wicked guitar and bass work. It's got a bit of the darkness of "Ultra Violet" or "Acrobat" pepped up with a touch of "Mofo" or "Elevation" - oh, I don't know - it's great anyway!
City of Blinding Lights - 8.5/10 - see, told you they were the best anthem writers and performers!!
All Because Of You - 8.5/10 - another Edge-led rock number that has you reaching for the air guitar.
A Man and A Woman - 9/10 - Adam's stonking bassline dominates this emotional ride through love. It's in a similar vain to "In A Little While" but with more depth and emotion.
Crumbs From Your Table - 6/10 - good song dealing with big issues, but not up to the rest of the album.
One Step Closer - 8/10 - another wonderfully emotional yet intimate ballad, inspired by a line from Noel Gallagher about Bono's dying father a couple of years ago.
Original Of The Species - 10/10 - whoaaa - hairs still standing on the back of my neck!!! Good God, this is an emotional album!
Yahweh - 7/10 - doesn't quite match with the rest of the album but is a really good song anthemic none-the-less.
Fast Cars - 7/10 - slightly dissapointing end - I know it's a UK only bonus track, but what's with the Moroccan guitar thing they've got going on?! Still, catchly little ditty!
May sound cliched, but the album is more than the sum of its parts. It's got some of their best stuff ever with "Sometimes..." and "Original..", and Edge and Adam are on fire. Buy it. Listen to. And if you don't get it the first time, give it a chance - it's well worth it.

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