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U2 Reveals Cover Image for Songs Of Innocence


U2 - Songs Of Innocence cover

U2 has revealed -- or maybe "confirmed" is the better word -- the cover image that will be used on the upcoming physical release of Songs Of Innocence.

Seen above, it's a stunning black-and-white photo of drummer Larry Mullen Jr. holding on to his 18-year-old son, Aaron Elvis. According to a story on U2.com, the photo was taken by Glen Luchford as an experiment, but the band saw the photo as a metaphor for the album. Says Bono:

"We've always been about community in U2, about family and friends. Songs Of Innocence is the most intimate album we've ever made. With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back."

The album itself features a number of songs and lyrics that turn the clock back to the band's own experiences as teenagers in and around Dublin.

Bono told TIME magazine already that the Songs Of Innocence cover would feature Larry's son, and this image has started showing up online at Barnes & Noble's website and various Amazon websites. The physical release is set for October 13/14, which just happens to be right around the time Larry's son will turn 19.