U2 have announced their new album for release on December 1.
A new single – the second to be taken from the record – titled ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ is out now. First single ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ was released in September, and album track ‘The Blackout’ was previously released as a performance video in August.
Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, Songs Of Experience was completed earlier this year with its subject matter influenced by Brendan Kennelly’s advice to Bono, to “…write as if you’re dead”. The result is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart: family, friends, fans, himself.
Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake.
Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the album features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.
It looks unlikely that owners of iPhones, iPads and Apple Macs will get saddled with a free iTunes copy, given that iTunes has almost ceased to be ‘a thing.’