LA Times Reporter Gets to Hear Snippets of the New U2 Album

You can read the whole article here, but this is the gist of it:

From the few tracks heard that night, it has traces of the Clash and Sex Pistols and Kraftwerk — “stuff we were really listening to when we were younger,” said Bono. But it also comes laden with soul and old-school R&B, genres the singer said he and friends were listening to in the 1970s, only “once punk came along, no one admitted it.” It, too, walks the line between the political and the personal, with one song title connoting a difficult period but really referring to a personal trauma.Thematically, the album will center on the collision between hard-earned wisdom and youthful hunger. For present-day U2  — sometimes branching out in new directions even as it so often returns to its roots, and still vital even as it stands just a few years shy of its 40th anniversary — that tension couldn’t be more fitting.

There’s also mention of an anthemic song entitled “Invisible” that’s apparently about Dublin–a title, by the way, that didn’t appear on this leaked tracklist earlier this year.

There’s no title yet, but don’t be surprised if we hear about that during a rumoured Super Bowl commercial that’s in the works.  Whatever the case, the album is scheduled for release in April.  That probably means a single in late January or early February.

(Thanks to Larry for the link.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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