U2 - Songs Of Experience (2017) [2LP, Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD] Re-up

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U2 - Songs Of Experience (2017) [2LP, Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD] Re-up

U2 - Songs Of Experience (2017)
Vinyl Rip 16/44 | Flac(Image + Cue) > 395 Mb
MP3 CBR 320Kbps > 171 Mb | Artwork(jpg) > 25 Mb
DVD-5: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | LPCM, 2 ch, 24 bit, 96 kHz > 2.22 Gb
Island Records, 5797704 | Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, New wave

"I shouldn't be here because I should be dead" sings Bono on "Lights of Home," the second track on Songs of Experience, the long-delayed sequel to 2014's Songs of Innocence. It's not merely a turn of phrase. Two months after U2 unleashed Songs of Innocence on the world, Bono injured himself in a bicycle accident so severe he suspected he may never play guitar again. He recovered, but his misfortune derailed plans for the band to wrap up Songs of Experience swiftly, so U2 decided to take their time. A version of the record neared completion in 2016, but that year's twin elections of Brexit and Trump spurred U2 to revise the album, as they decided they couldn't release a record that didn't address such cataclysmic political events. Retro-conning the existing Songs of Experience material to suit the political climate wasn't the easiest task and the album often shows its seams, particularly when Bono decides to tackle the crisis head-on: the line "Democracy is flat on its back, Jack" arrives with a thud on "The Blackout," but it's nothing compared to "American Soul," an ode to real America where the singer and the band engage in a battle of hams. "American Soul" also features a line – and no more – by Kendrick Lamar, the rapper who is on the vanguard of popular music in 2017 (no less of an authority than David Bowie cited Lamar as an influence on his final album, Blackstar), but Kendrick gets buried in the mix in a fashion that's sadly indicative of the tentative nature of Songs of Experience. Bono may wrestle with big themes in his lyrics but his ambitions are reined in by a production that seems afraid of alienating any constituent. Typical to many modern records, Songs of Experience is the result of too many cooks: Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder claim the main production credits, with Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, and old friend Steve Lillywhite responsible for additional production, whatever that may be. With all these hands, it's not much of a surprise that Songs of Experience feels diffuse, its modernist moments – like Bono embracing pitch-shifted vocals – counterbalancing feints toward U2's arena rock past. It all feels so familiar, it takes a moment to realize that the echoes of the Edge are muted, that the rhythms are sometimes constrained by tight sequencing, that the glossy surface can sometimes recall Ellie Goulding, or how when the tempo slows, it feels like U2's greatest aspiration is to be as graceful as Coldplay. All this adds up to an album that feels vaguely desperate. Say what you will about the muddled Pop: at least it had an ethos. Here, U2 feel trapped between their history and the pull of the year, and they wind up seeming diminished. For the first time, they seem smaller than life.

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic
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U2 - Songs Of Experience (2017) [2LP, Vinyl Rip 16/44 & mp3-320 + DVD] Re-up


A1 Love Is All We Have Left
A2 Lights Of Home
A3 You're The Best Thing About Me
A4 Get Out Of Your Own Way
A5 American Soul
B1 Summer Of Love
B2 Red Flag Day
B3 The Showman (Little More Better)
B4 The Little Things That Give You Away
C1 Landlady
C2 The Blackout
C3 Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
C4 13 (There Is A Light)
D1 Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
D2 Book Of Your Heart
D3 Lights Of Home (St Peter's String Version)

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log date: 2019-01-26 15:40:47

Analyzed: U2 / Songs Of Experience

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -0.39 dB -14.70 dB 4:17 02-Lights Of Home
DR12 -0.91 dB -14.54 dB 3:45 03-You're The Best Thing About Me
DR10 -1.56 dB -15.90 dB 4:00 04-Get Out Of Your Own Way
DR11 -1.67 dB -15.00 dB 4:20 05-American Soul
DR12 -0.24 dB -14.99 dB 3:25 06-Summer Of Love
DR11 -1.15 dB -14.73 dB 3:20 07-Red Flag Day
DR12 -0.03 dB -15.14 dB 3:25 08-The Showman (Little More Better)
DR11 -2.24 dB -17.78 dB 4:55 09-The Little Things That Give You Away
DR11 -2.96 dB -16.86 dB 4:01 10-Landlady
DR11 -0.29 dB -14.04 dB 4:47 11-The Blackout
DR11 -1.33 dB -15.18 dB 3:57 12-Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
DR11 -3.07 dB -18.24 dB 4:22 13-13 (There Is A Light)
DR12 -0.55 dB -15.86 dB 3:44 14-Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)
DR11 -2.06 dB -15.44 dB 3:55 15-Book Of Your Heart
DR10 -2.65 dB -16.56 dB 4:34 16-Lights Of Home (St Peter's String Version)

Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2906 kbps
Codec: FLAC

Title: U2 2017 - Songs Of Experience - DVD
Size: 2.11 Gb ( 2 207 906,00 KBytes ) - DVD-5
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Video: NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR
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Original ripper: DENKAS
Original format: 24/96
Vinyl Condition:
Direct Drive Turntable: Thorens TD-115
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