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Wide Awake In America - U2

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - New Wave & Post-punk / Artist: U2 / Live / Audio CD released 2005-05-30 at Mercury Records Ltd (London)

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      10.06.2012 22:48
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      Wide Awake in America

      U2

      U2 is an Irish band formed in 1976 and consists of four members, including Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Adam (bass guitar) and Larry (drums). U2 has been known for more than thirty years, and already started in 1976. The band members met at school and decided to start a band. They have since then grown in terms of music and had influences of rock, alternative rock, punk, dance and pop. Especially in recent years was increasingly criticized for being too much inclined to Pop music and less focused on rock. Eventually, they released 12 albums and more than 150 million albums sold worldwide. The best part is that the band still consists of all original members.

      Wide Awake in America was originally issued in 1985, but reissued in 1990. It was originally released as an LP and contains only four songs, including two live performances.

      Bad
      probably one of the best songs of U2's is Bad and the song you can hear clearly the public from the star. Again, this is a powerful song and the vocals and the use of the instruments is very good. The song is about a friend of Bono who's a drug addict and Bono sings the song with passion. It's not really a fast song, but more mid tempo but certainly never boring. I like the live version which is actually better than the studio version, because it sounds much rawer and you just notice that the band plays with lot of enthusiasm.

      A Sort of Homecoming
      A Sort Of Homecoming also comes from the album The Unforgettable Fire 'and is recorded as a live act. The song starts quietly, but you notice that they are building up slowely. You hear the audience clapping along and suddenly louder the drums stars. Bono's voice sounds very good and close to perfect as you would expect with the studio version. It is a somewhat less powerful song as Bad, but another great use of the instruments. Lovely song.

      The Three Sunrises
      The Three Sunrises begins quietly with the voice of Bono in the background and occasionally the guitar and the drum. After about half a minute, the tempo increased and hear Bono and The Edge sing together. It is a mid tempo song with an occasional piece where you only hear the guitar and the drum. It's not a bad song, but the previous numbers were clearly stronger and this is not live.

      Love Comes Tumbling
      Love Comes Tumbling is a fun song with a very fast start with only the use of the guitar and drum. You sometimes feel like the song at any moment break loose, but that happens no further. You hear what the sultry voice of Bono and the number remains in a peaceful way to go through. What a weak song and does not really for me.

      My opinion

      A short but powerful set of four numbers. I have unfortunately not the original LP in my possession, but luckily everything just now is available in digital form and you can download songs. The first two songs are wonderful performances from U2 and the songs are just better than the studio version. It is known from U2 that they are live very good and I have seen them play live once and that is indeed true. The other two songs are more reasonable and a nice addition. Four stars for this little issue.

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      06.02.2009 12:36
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      Ok EP

      Bad. Again, but this time live (yes the song, not that the album is bad!!!). A full eight minute long cracking epic of a tune is my highlight on the album that is an oft-overlooked effort! IT only has four songs n the 'album' though and you may be left feeling a bit short changed.

      It probably does not scale the heights of some of the albums that followed this album, but there is a certain warmth to it.

      "Three Sunrises" is pretty and has a good beat, but apart from the Edge's interesting chordal guitar line there's nothing memorable about it. And "Love Comes Tumbling" is just another toss-off built up around one of the band's characteristically moody riffs. They are studio cuts that did not quite make it onto The Unforgettable Fire - shame that you can see why.

      Bad is definitely worth a listen though.

      Unfortunately, this rather thin concoction is almost always priced as if it were a full-length CD; do not pay more for it than you absolutely have to.

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      13.02.2001 05:31
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      Four tracks is all you get on this. They're pretty damned good four tracks, two of which are performed live. "Bad" at 8 minutes long ultimately has Bono thrusting his tonsils at full pelt. The gentle start coaxes a bit of gentle head nodding before building up into the jumpaboutalot sort of style you develop after listening to U2 over the years. I defy you to not go wooooohoooo! towards the end. A personal favourite now with "A Sort Of Homecoming". This is a fantastic track and worth the price of the album alone. Bono does a masterful job of cranking up the pace and passion, and you are in severe danger of humiliating yourself at the bus stop. Well, I did. At only 4mins 40secs it is CRIMINALLY short. What a voice! "The Three Sunrises" sadly suffers a little having had to follow the previous tracks, but it's an okay number. You'll still boogie to it, don't worry. The final track is "Love Comes Tumbling" and reminds me very much of Simple Minds. Get it for the second track. It's got to be a bargain with that particular number on it..

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Bad
      2 A Sort Of Homecoming
      3 The Three Sunrises
      4 Love Comes Tumbling