Songs Of Innocence Information
On September 9, 2014, U2
appeared at an Apple Inc. press event to
perform and announce the immediate (and free) availability of their new
ALBUM NAME: Songs Of Innocence
PRODUCER(s): Danger Mouse
is credited as "Album Producer" in the liner
notes. Producing credit is also given to Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder,
Declan Gaffney and Flood.
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: The
digital album was released on September 9,
2014. Physical versions were released October 10th, 13th and 14th
around the world, except Japan (October 22).
standard CD with booklet; deluxe double CD with
additional songs; double white vinyl.
- The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
- Every Breaking Wave
- California (There Is No End To Love)
- Song For Someone
- Iris (Hold Me Close)
- Raised By Wolves
- Cedarwood Road
- Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
- This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
- The Troubles
Invisible appears as a hidden song (part of track 10) on CD 2 of the
- Lucifer's Hands
- The Crystal
- Every Breaking Wave (From Acoustic Sessions)
- California (There Is No End To Love) (From Acoustic
- Raised By Wolves (From Acoustic Sessions)
- Cedarwood Road (From Acoustic Sessions)
- Song For Someone (From Acoustic Sessions)
- The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) (Busker Version)
- The Troubles (Alternative Version)
- Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
(Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake)
Next U2 Album: Songs Of Experience
In addition to Songs Of
has revealed on U2.com that a second album called Songs Of Experience "should be
ready soon enough." He later clarified to say that it could
be a year away or more, while admitting that he's not the most
reliable source on this kind of info.
Irish DJ Dave Fanning, U2's longtime friend, has gone on
record saying that U2
has two more albums in the works. If true, we speculate that the
third album could use the Songs Of
Ascent title -- that name has been
in play since Bono mentioned it in March 2009.
The following is a running collection of news, rumors, quotes,
and other information related to U2's next studio
album (or albums, as the case may be). We'll continue to post
updates to this page as we get new
information. If you have found a quote or news item about the new U2
album, you're welcome to share it by emailing webmaster...at...atu2...dot...com.
NAME(s): Songs Of Experience
and possibly Songs Of Ascent.
PRODUCER(s): Presumably the same
cast credited on Songs Of Innocence.
However, since No Line On The Horizon
was released, U2 has also worked with Will.i.am, David
Guetta and RedOne. It's possible, too, that some older material that
was slated for the original Songs Of
Ascent project could survive with
producers including Brian Eno,
Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite.
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: unknown.
POSSIBLE SONGS MENTIONED
These are two types of songs listed below:
- songs mentioned in the buildup to U2's new album
- songs believed to be unused from previous albums
It's possible that some of these titles were changed and have
already appeared under a different name. It's also possible that, as
song titles changes, some of these may be referring to the same song.
- "The Morning After
-- a song first
mentioned by Bono in an interview with The Guardian; more recently,
some of the song's lyrics, which include the line "lead me in the
way I should go" -- so this song could be the same as the song listed
below with that title
- "The Light"
-- one of our contacts tells us that Bono mentioned a song with
this title while visiting in early 2014 with Aslan singer Christy Dignam
- "Ordinary Love" - a song that U2
wrote and recorded in
summer 2013 for the Mandela: Long
Walk To Freedom film soundtrack. It could show up on U2's next
album, too, particularly in countries that often get extra songs on
- "Mount Zion" - a song mentioned
in the May 2011 Hot Press interview
- "I'll Believe Her When She Sings"
- another song mentioned in the May 2011 Hot Press interview
and described as part of the "club music" sessions with RedOne
- "The Sacred Heart of Malibu" - a
song that Bono played for Dutch journalist Bert van de Kamp, and
mentioned in his book, And They Called Him Bono; this song
possibly have become "California" on Songs Of Innocence
- "Mother of Pearl" - another new
song that Bono played for van de Kamp
- "Return of the Stingray Guitar" -
an instrumental rock track that U2 played to start shows on
the European U2 360 tour in 2010; in
an interview, Larry says the song has been rewritten from what it
sounded like on tour; echoes of this song can be heard in "Lucifer's Hands," one of the bonus tracks on Songs Of Innocence
- "Glastonbury" - another song that
U2 performed on the European tour; U2 wrote this song shortly after the
end of the 2009 U2 360 tour and planned to premiere it at the
Glastonbury Festival in June 2010; in
an interview, Larry says the song has been rewritten from what it
sounded like on tour; echoes of this song can be heard in "Volcano" on Songs Of Innocence
- "Soon" - this is the name of the
song U2 used as the intro music when the band took the stage on the
2009 U2 360 Tour; it appeared on the 7-inch, orange vinyl that
accompanied the U2 360 at the Rose Bowl super deluxe DVD box
set, and was previously said to be called "Kingdom Of Your Love"
- "Winter" (unused from No
Line On The Horizon) - this song appears in the Jim Sheridan film,
- "If I Could Live My Life Again" -
Bono says this song is "inspired by the great Argentinian poet Jorge
Luis Borges." Bono said he had just begun the song while speaking with
author Michka Assayas in December, 2005. Their interview appears as the
extra material in the paperback version of Bono in Conversation
with Michka Assayas.
- "Love Is All We Have Left" - a
song Bono named during his May, 2006, trip to Africa as one that he had
recently written. "It’s like an old Broadway tune. I thought it was a
Frank Sinatra song," Bono said.
- "North Star," a song from the How
To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb sessions which included a guest organ
appearance from Michael W. Smith. In this CCM
article (PDF download), Smith describes the song as a tribute to
Johnny Cash. Bono
and Edge performed an acoustic version of this song a few times during
the European 360 tour in 2010. It also featured briefly in the Summer
2011 film, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. Echoes of this
song seem to appear in "Song For Someone" on Songs Of Innocence.
- "Mercy", one of the last songs to
get cut from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, described in Blender magazine as "a
six-and-a-half-minute outpouring of U2 at its
most uninhibitedly U2-ish." U2 played it regularly during the last
couple weeks of the European tour in 2010, and a live version with
different lyrics appeared on the vinyl release, U2 Wide Awake In
Europe in late 2010.
- "Lead Me In The Way I Should Go"
-- a contender for Atomic Bomb first mentioned in this February, 2003, interview with Bono
in Grammy Magazine; this song may now be called "The Morning After Innocence," which is mentioned above
- "You Can't Give Away Your Heart"
- a contender for Atomic Bomb first mentioned in SPIN magazine
LATEST NEWS (we've removed news items
specific to Songs Of Innocence)
October 12, 2014: During an interview
with The Guardian,
Bono mentioned a new song slated for Songs Of Experience called "The
Morning After Innocence." Here's what the interview says about the
song's subject matter:
Regarding the powerful people he's
dealt with, Bono says "the younger me wouldn't have liked any of them".
I ask him if he misses certain aspects of that confused yet righteous
youth and he replies by reciting the lyrics to The Morning After
Innocence, a song from Songs of Experience, the work-in-progress sequel
to Songs of Innocence.
"The older protagonist is asking the younger one for help," he
explains. "The biggest problem that I face now is that I understand the
dialectical nature of things. It can make you less clear about your
response." He sounds wistful. "When I was younger, I knew what my
position was on everything."
September 9, 2014: A few hours after
Songs Of Innocence is
announced and released, Bono
writes a note for fans on U2.com that says a second album, Songs Of Experience, is on the way.
We're collaborating with Apple on
some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will
transform the way music is listened to and viewed. We'll keep you
posted. If you like Songs of
Innocence, stay with us for Songs
of Experience. It should be ready soon enough… although I know
I've said that before…
February 28, 2014: During a
pre-Oscars interview, Bono tells his old friend, Amanda Brunker, that U2
is working on two albums.
January 24, 2014: At the WEF in
Davos, Bono reveals that "Invisible" will be one
of the songs on U2's next album.
October 17, 2013: U2 have written a
new song, "Ordinary Love," for the Mandela:
Long Walk To Freedom film
soundtrack. A clip
of the song premiered today in a new trailer for the movie. It's
not known if the song will also appear on U2's next album.
January 9, 2013: Larry
Mullen Jr. told Dave Fanning
that U2 will "hopefully" have its next album released by September, and
it will be the album with Danger Mouse producing. He also suggested
that U2 wants to release a second album "shortly afterwards," comparing
it to when Zooropa was
released less than a year after Achtung
July 11, 2012: An LA Times article
mentions that a Los Angeles-based digital ad agency is working
on a digital application for U2. It's not certain to be related to
a new album, but that seems likely.
January 8, 2012: In an interview
posted on U2.com, Bono
explains that his recent busking
session in Dublin, along with other recent acoustic performances with
Edge, has him thinking about U2's upcoming plans -- which may include Songs
Of Ascent, after all (despite Adam's comments to Q
I played a couple of songs
acoustically but earlier in the year both Edge and I played at the
memorial to Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Bill
Clinton Foundation. It's quite something hearing our own songs, like
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" or "A Man and Woman," so stripped down and I
think it showed us some clues for the future.
We're working on three albums at the moment and we haven't decided what
order we're going to put them out but The
Songs of Ascent
have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we're speaking of now. They
fit into this moment, the mode of some of these artists that I was
hanging out with on Christmas Eve.
October 26, 2011: In the latest
issue of Q magazine, Adam suggests that U2 will probably not be
pursuing the Songs Of Ascent
project and songs.
We thought there was more material
left over from No Line... we
now feel a long way from that material.
The article suggests that U2 plans to work on the songs and
material they've begun with Danger Mouse.
October 22, 2011: In an Irish
Times interview, Bono hints that U2's next album may come in a new
Earlier, he was using an iPad with
the Achtung Baby songs and videos on it. "That's probably what our new
album will look like," he says. "I've been talking about this for the
past four years.
"Our last album was the first album to be made available as an app with
BlackBerry devices, but it didn't work: the functionality was not what
it could have been. New formats are going to happen. I'm always banging
on about this. The app format brings you back to that world of gatefold
sleeves, of being able to read lyrics – and [now of] being able to play
the album at home on your plasma TV."
June 9, 2011: David
Guetta says he has not actually done any work with U2 yet. His name
has been mentioned in relation to the "club-sounding" album that Bono
has discussed previously.
January 22, 2011: MTV has an
article about David
Guetta working with U2 on new songs, but it doesn't seem to say
much that hasn't already been reported.
December 7, 2010: Black Eyed
Peas' frontman will.i.am has
confirmed that he's producing a new U2 album; we believe this to be
the dance/club-sounding album that Bono has mentioned before.
March 3, 2009: The March 17
issue of Rolling Stone quotes Bono saying the next album will
be called Songs Of Ascent, and that it will be released in
"Songs Of Ascent will be quieter than No Line
in many ways, it's that ghost album of hymns and Sufi singing. We're
making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflexive piece of work,
but not indulgent."