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Thursday 30th November 2017

U2 to release long-expected album

Songs Of Experience

THE LONG-expected album 'Songs Of Experience' by U2 is releasing on 1st December. The album has been given a four star rating in Mojo magazine, who wrote, "Nine different producers and 15 different engineers had a hand in 'Songs Of Experience', its credits list as long as any modern rap or pop album. Work began pre-Brexit and pre-President Trump, leaving U2 chasing the political Zeitgeist as the album progressed. 'The Blackout' - an end-of-days type song with distorted Discothèque-era-like riffage, humongous Adam Clayton bass, and a dancefloor-orientated chorus -was rewritten to incorporate 'democracy flat on its back', while 'Summer Of Love', with its taut and nifty guitar intro, Lady Gaga backing vocal and reference to 'the rubble of Aleppo', is a striking, last gasp appeal for a more humane world that was moved from back- to front-burner late on. The Edge says U2 approached Kendrick Lemar because 'it's hip-hop that you find the most [acute] social commentary these days.' The celebrated Compton rapper's ironic twist on The Beatitudes ('Blessed are the arrogant. . . blessed are the bullies. . .' he reports) forms an address bridging this album's weak point, 'Get Out Of Your Own Way', and the start of 'American Soul', but the latter song's syncopated 'You. Are. Rock-And Roll!' hook is a winner, U2 sounding trim, vital." CR

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