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The lyric video for American Soul, another new track from Songs of Experience. 
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ALP
05 December, 2017
"The Refugee" meets "Volcano" and a paro
This track jumped out at me during my first listen to SOE. Larry's drums and Edge's slashing guitar were somewhat evocative of "The Refugee." Then comes a very artful reprise of a piece from "Volcano" from SOI which is a nice way to tie the albums together. (Blake would approve) Now, if you are going to parody the Beatitudes, you better be right and I think Bono passes the test. ("The keys to, given ....") Politics in pop is cool provided it is done fairly, thoughtfully, and creatively. This would be my choice for a show opener - it has a sort raucous "Zoo Station" quality to it and that to me stands out as one of the best openers in U2's career.
Lucianomn
05 December, 2017
Behind the trend of isolationism
Suddenly, I wanted to expose how I think about the current balance of international politics, especially motivated after watching the performance of "American Soul" on the last Saturday Night Live Show. I imagine it to be obvious that international relations precedes capitalism, socialism, feudalism, or any regime that is predominant in a certain cultural and ethical reality. Since it precedes any political regime, the intention of a State is to protect itself from another, or the intention of a State is to remain in advantage to each other. And I think that when one does not recognize this obvious, the discussion of multilateral interests fails. For example, this political inertia of transformations stemming particularly from the end of the Cold War was not well absorbed by emerging countries, or in countries that got the false impression that we lived in a safer world after the end of the Cold War because they were geographically isolated. This lack of knowledge of international insecurity is in check in emerging countries that have not experienced and yet do not experience any international armed conflict and that opportunely have been victimized by a curtain of lies indoctrinated by populism. However, the condition whether or not a citizen goes to a war camp is a reality in many countries, and it is not a reality limited to the superpowers. In my view, this international insecurity is in large part due to the current difficulty of promoting multilateral decisions, especially because of the unstable scenario of the economy that focuses on isolationism. The trend towards isolationism is a mask that hides the real problem. It's in question what is the relation of economic and military power of each international actor. And what brings insecurity is uncertainty whether the nation that will prevail will be peaceful or not. Behind the mask / trend of isolationism, what is in check is the new ordering of international political power. And it is important to remember that isolationism is a luxury that only great nations can enjoy, since in countries that do not have a large accumulation of internal wealth is an unsustainable act. The concept of global governance does not hold much space if it is not absorbed transparently what is actually in check by everyone. Not recognizing that we live a reordering of political power in the world is what brings the insecurity of the emergence of a superpower that can be a violent one.
Carolina1972
01 December, 2017
U2
Grande video number one
fdccc
01 December, 2017
Io ce l'ho!!!!
È meraviglioso! Grazie!
barnageera
27 November, 2017
Volcano
Was this picked up off the cutting floor after SOI? Seems rushed to me.....
Inshala
24 November, 2017
Love it
Can't wait to see you in Nashville in May 2018. Still the most relevant rock band period!
thesuperlloyd
24 November, 2017
Prediction: this is the weakest song on
Everything U2 'needed' to say about Trump is expressed exceptionally well in Blackout and GOoYOW. These songs render American Soul totally unnecessary.
SZATAN
22 November, 2017
Hopefully Not AnotherLemon
Hopefully this new album will be a lot better than the last two and not Trump bashing in music form. Older fans know a good 'Bono Rant' in concert or in song lyric form. Stick to entertainment and music not politics.
u2diehardperez
20 November, 2017
Album was done, then Trump won..
and Bono feel he needs to address his thoughts about it. I wonder how Lyrically Different this new album woulda have been if Trump hadn't won? Anyway, the love of America is evident and I thank U2 for that; for matching my Love for this Country, with its ups and downs. #loveU2
holyjoe1980
20 November, 2017
Song of Experience = Amazing
From the songs I've heard so far, SOE is going to be a cracker! Well done lads!
maryamd
20 November, 2017
Bring on the experience
Lovin the new tracks --cant wait to be fully experienced on 12/1!
POP
20 November, 2017
Sounds like
VOLCANO in some parts
u2freak74
20 November, 2017
What a sound!!!!
What a song! What a sound! What a VOICE!!!!! EPIC!
PaDDY JOE
18 November, 2017
Dirty
The stallions of Dirty rock n roll. A massive tune. We want experience? They are giving it via vinyl soul. Bring it!!!!!
Yvo
18 November, 2017
Yeah
Yeah!
zooropalg
18 November, 2017
Looking good
Cannot wait to see you guys live in Europe :)
GSimmons
18 November, 2017
Pretty Good!
Just bought this track on i-tunes and it's pretty good. The refrain of course, lifted from Volcano sounds much harder and more raw. I'm liking the prospect of this album being the best the band has produced for many years. Finally we have tracks that are heavier and rock-like.
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