It looks like Beyonce has started a trend by releasing a suprise album. One of the world's biggest bands, U2, just dropped a new album without notice via their website. The album, Songs Of Innocence, was produced by Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth (Adele, LCD Soundsystem, Glass Animals), Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was recorded in Dublin, New York, and Los Angeles.
U2.com slipped into the studio a few days back where the band played us the new tracks and we were blown away. A kind of musical autobiography, the eleven new songs chart their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk to early 80s electronica and soul… and reveal how music changed everything. As Bono sings in the lead song, 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' 'I woke up when the miracle occurred/ Heard a song that made some sense out of the world…'
Songs of Innonence is available as free download via iTunes and it coincides with Apple's Launch event for the new iPhone and Apple Watch.
The physical release of the album will be available on October 13, and it will include a 24-page booklet, a deluxe, gatefold double album, contains an acoustic session of songs from the album and four additional tracks: Lucifer's Hands, The Crystal Ballroom, The Troubles (Alternative version) and Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake).
Songs of Innocence Tracklisting
01 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
02 Every Breaking Wave
03 California (There Is No End To Love)
04 Song For Someone
05 Iris (Hold Me Close)
07 Raised By Wolves
08 Cedarwood Road
09 Sleep Like A Baby Tonight
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
11 The Troubles featuring Lykke Li
Wathc U2 peform "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)" at the Apple Launch Event earlier today. You can check out a track by track guide of U2's Songs of Innocence at Rolling Stone's website.