I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (live)

If only the English language had remained static for a century or so, I’d have found myself best able to describe Rattle and Hum as “a queer beast”. As it is, I can say that it’s just a weird concept anyway; at the time, lest we forget, a double album (because as a child of the CD age, it just comes across like a very long single), the band didn’t actually, as many bands probably would, split the discs into studio and live. Overall it gives for a slightly careening, zig-zagging listen as crowd noise randomly turns up in some tracks but not in others. That isn’t the problem; what is the problem is that the band seemingly thought that every idea was a good one.

But a Pentacostalist gospel version of “Still Haven’t Found” isn’t really a good idea – it’s not the sort of song that entirely warrants a choir anyway, what with the song’s somewhat singular voice and message behind it. It’s the sort of personal song that doesn’t lend itself to a communitarian presentation. The soloists aren’t exactly necessary either, adding opulence that the song doesn’t ask for. The band didn’t exactly turd a polish(?), but this re-version is nonetheless misguided. Or maybe I’m just bitter for lack of an industrial dub-metal spin on it.

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~ by 4trak on April 24, 2008.

One Response to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (live)”

  1. I totally agree you on this. I listened to the Rattle and Hum cd, and I was really excited when I seen this song was live. But then I heard it and was really dissapointed. I agree, the choir really doesn’t mend with the song as Bono does by himself. He, by himself, seems to bring more to the song when he sings it alone – as with the singular messsage.

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