A couple of hours ago, U2 was on hand with Apple’s Tim Cook to premiere the new iPhone 6, which will be yet another game changer in technology. U2 was their to unveil something a little bit bigger than just a cell phone. U2 and Apple have collaborated for what they hope will be the biggest album release in history. U2’s long-awaited new album has a name, and it’s currently available for a free download on iTunes. Songs of Innocence is an album that I’ve been waiting for for quite some time. U2 has been that one artist for me that album after album has consistently gotten better and better, as they have made edgy (no pun intended with The Edge himself) and experimental music that isn’t like your typical rock and roll band. Their last album, 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, was a really stellar and poetic rock album, which continued to usher in this new era of U2, which began with 2000’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind. Songs of Innocence is a bit of a departure for the band, as instead of collaborating with longtime producer Brian Eno, they collaborate with Danger Mouse, arguably the best music producer working right now. Danger Mouse is behind acts such as Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells, and has produced for those groups as well as The Black Keys, Norah Jones, and so on. These two music giants coming together for a project like this was incredibly exciting, and I’m currently listening to the album as I write to you.
I’m not a music critic, I’m a film critic, but I love music. And I’ve listened to a lot of great albums from a lot of great artists this year, like Bruce Springsteen, St. Vincent, Beck, and The Black Keys and Broken Bells have some stellar albums out, but from what I’ve heard, Song of Innocence is well worth this 5 year wait, and it’s the best album I’ve heard in years. The album starts out with this really exciting punk tribute to Joey Ramone in “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” and they album has some really beautiful and melodic tunes, like “Iris”, “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight”, and many more. The album is consisted of 12 tracks, and none of them are U2’s more recent singles, like “Ordinary Love” or “Invisible”. They are all songs that have never been released prior to the public, and it’s beautiful.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the album that’s probably currently being said by other rock critics, but I can say this. Songs of Innocence is another brilliant chapter in U2’s storybook of edgy, different music style. There’s a reason why U2 is the best rock band on the planet, and if this album doesn’t convince you otherwise, then I don’t know what to do with you.