Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tangles of Conversation


One of the many reasons there have been fewer posts on this blog than usual in recent months is because I've been working on a book about Pop, the underrated U2 album from 1997 that is, in many ways, both a summation of everything that came before it, and a stylistic peak that the band never dared scale again. Anyway, my head has been rolling around inside its songs for a long time, so I was delighted to discover this "wordle" from Mark Mynell, mapping out the frequency of various terms across the album. Very fun, very useful, and in its canted angles and bursts of diagonal color, a very cool representation of the ways in which Pop explodes expectations. You should check out his other U2 wordles here.

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