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It would be nice to have a new U2 album right now. That is what our society has got used to, it's all about what "I" want, immediately. When was the last time you gave? I really enjoy U2's music but if your life revolves around hanging about for a new album from a (superb) rock band then you may have more pressing issues to address.

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Someone is playing with us....

 

U2 album still 'planned for this year'

Amid rumours that the band have halted work on the new album, a spokesperson has confirmed that U2 are on schedule for the 2014 follow up to No Line on the Horizon

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/10/new-u2-album-still-planned-for-2014?CMP=twt_gu

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Someone is playing with us....

 

U2 album still 'planned for this year'

Amid rumours that the band have halted work on the new album, a spokesperson has confirmed that U2 are on schedule for the 2014 follow up to No Line on the Horizon

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/10/new-u2-album-still-planned-for-2014?CMP=twt_gu

 

 Without a Band/O'Seary statement...right now the situation is even more confusing.

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Someone is playing with us....

 

U2 album still 'planned for this year'

Amid rumours that the band have halted work on the new album, a spokesperson has confirmed that U2 are on schedule for the 2014 follow up to No Line on the Horizon

 

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/10/new-u2-album-still-planned-for-2014?CMP=twt_gu

 

 Without a Band/O'Seary statement...right now the situation is even more confusing.

 

 

"Everything we know is wrong"  :unsure:

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New Release Date: 2015?

 

http://www.channel24.co.za/Music/News/U2-album-wont-be-released-until-2015-20140310

 

Irish Independent

March 11, 2014 Tuesday

Edition 3;

National Edition

SECTION: FEATURES; Pg. 36,37

 

LENGTH: 1173 words

 

HEADLINE: Will U2 become Invisible?;

The release of their latest album has been delayed to 2015. What's up, asks Ed Power

 

BYLINE: Ed Power

 

BODY:

 

 

Are U2 in crisis? That''s one possible reading of the announcement that their greatly heralded next album has been pushed back to 2015, just the latest delay for a project originally slated to see daylight last year.

 

Following what looked suspiciously like a pre-release publicity campaign - that Oscar performance, their Superbowl single, a roof-top turn on Jimmy Fallon''s new Tonight Show - it was revealed at the weekend that Bono and company are shelving plans to put the record out over the next few months. Instead, they are returning to the studio - with a new team of producers (including Adele collaborator Paul Epworth), although Danger Mouse will still be credited as producer for the bulk of the LP.

 

Sources say U2 simply aren''t 100pc happy with the songs they''ve recorded thus far for the LP (provisionally titled Songs of Ascent at one point). "That magic that the band always seems to capture... they have yet to capture it," a confidante told Billboard magazine.

 

Others suspect there maybe more straightforward motives. "Coldplay have announced their new album will be out in May and I think that might be something to do with it," says Mick Kearns, who performs as 'Edge' ' in U2 tribute act The Joshua Tree. "Also in my circles of U2 geeks, I''ve heard Larry is not happy with [the new record]."

 

" Of course, you don't have to be in the inner circle to sense the northside foursome is experiencing a creative wobble. Underwhelming new single 'Invisible', unveiled with deafening hoo-hah at the Superbowl, was a straight-up flop - selling a pitiful 64,000 copies in America (traditionally the group''s bread-basket). It couldn''t even breach the top 10 at home, stalling at 31 in the charts.

 

Appropriately given its title, 'Invisible' vanished without grace. Of course, its chart performance must be seen in the context of the three million free downloads it received in its first 24 hours.

 

Just as unsuccessful - the approval of the Golden Globe judges notwithstanding - was 'Ordinary Love' from the soundtrack to Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk To Freedom. Granted, it did reach number one in Italy - a country that has always had a weakspot for Bono''s bombast. However, it stiffed at 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at 82 in the UK.

 

A further complication, surely, was the departure of manager Paul McGuinness last year. While the parting was amicable, the band have surely felt the loss of their unofficial fifth wheel.

 

Nearly 40 years into their career, you might imagine that U2 would be sanguine about such disappointments. What else have they to prove? Surely, they are at a point where they have complete creative freedom and can make whatever sort of music they fancy, unencumbered by the need to prove their commercial virility? However, those with first-hand knowledge of the band say that this isn''t how U2 think at all. By every account their flirtation with experimental music through the mid-'90s - including the deeply odd, Brian Eno-assisted Passengers album - was a scarring experience.

 

It culminated with the closest to a setback in that stage of their career, when 1997''s bizarre, and occasionally brilliant, Pop LP performed mediocrely in the US and arguably sucked momentum from the follow-up Pop-Mart tour (remembered today for the concert where The Edge was trapped, Spinal Tap-style, inside a giant hydraulic lemon).

 

According to this version of events, U2 were blindsided by the experience and doubled down on their ambition to remain the biggest band in the world - and, more than that, a vital creative entity who did not fall into the Rolling Stones trap of turning into a karaoke version of their younger selves.

 

Everything they have done since must be read in the context of those reversals. Their 'comeback' ' 2000 album All That You Can''t Leave Behind was a heartfelt restatement of U2 first principles - never be afraid to be obvious and earnest - as were 2005''s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and 2009''s No Line On The Horizon (the only difference is that the songs were increasingly less compelling).

 

That final album was the biggest disaster of U2''s career - leaving a far sourer taste than any of their wobbly spells through the '90s. Though earning the group their first five-star Rolling Stone review and serving as a springboard for their record-breaking 360 Tour (the highest grossing ever), the consensus is that it was U2''s weakest release to date - yielding no hit singles and standing several pegs below other achievements in the estimation of fans.

 

Acutely sensitive to their place on the totem pole, U2 were by every account eager to make up for the album. So it was that they have been working with fashionable producer Danger Mouse (best known for his hit 'Crazy', with the Gnarls Barkley side project). The idea was that Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) would give their tunes a jolt of contemporary freshness - the 21st-Century groove their post-2000 releases have palpably lacked. But the disappointing performances of 'Invisible' and 'Ordinary Love' suggest the plan may not be proceeding as smoothly as expected. "Since the '90s, U2 have been mainly interested in coming up with a bigger show than their last one - and with an album pertinent to music today," says Dave Griffith, a U2 expert who conducts a popular tour of the band''s haunts around Dublin. "They see themselves as in competition with the bands of today rather as than the 'slightly hip uncles' ' of music."

 

He worries that this pressure to always be on top may be counterproductive. At this stage, surely U2 have found what they are looking for? They possess something most artists would kill for - ultimate artistic freedom. Instead of worrying how their new songs go down in Latvia, Louisiana and in between, they should just leave their muses off the leash and see what happens, he suggests.

 

"Rather than feeling that their music need to be relevant to your average 15-year-old today," says Griffith, "they should just rip the 'framework' ' down and build afresh."

 

Then, perhaps they have begun to do that. Griffith recalls a recent encounter with a member of the U2 organisation.

 

"I met Edge''s roadie last September and asked if the album was in postproduction yet. 'Edge apparently is coming up with new riffs all the time. He seems not to be under pressure.'" " Not everyone is as optimistic about the group's chances of pulling their career out of the fire.

 

"It is very difficult for a band that has written the material they have over the years to keep doing it at such a large scale," says Ian Donnelly of U2 tribute act Rattle and Hum.

 

"It must also be difficult to keep relevant when we are in such an era of throwaway pop songs. I am sure U2 will surprise their fans yet again. But they need to pull off a Rattle and Humto-Achtung Baby shift with this album if they are going to avoid going down the Rolling Stones route of greatest hit tours and fans not wanting to hear the new material."

 

By every account their flirtation with experimental music through the mid-'90s was a scarring experience

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Contrary to the author and writers of his ilk, I still maintain that NLOTH was U2's White Album

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Except that now the Guardian has reported that the album is still set for release this year.

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turmoil?

No, not turmoil, because according to the Guardian the album's still being released this year.

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In agreement with the comment that the new album needs to be as different  and pioneering as the jump in 1991 from the Black and White Rattle & Hum era to the multi-coloured, throbbing, industrial landscape created by Achtung Baby. 

 

We could see that Invisible and even Ordinary Love, whilst "nice" where not breaking new ground. I'm more than happy to take the place of Dangermouse for no fee at all should the band need to get a second opinion ;)

 

In fact, that might not be a bad idea, the band could select at random a small fan base audience and demo raw songs to gauge feedback. However, it relies on fans being honest and not "oh my God, U2 made a sound, we love them!".

 

Hopeful of a return to form.

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 No official statement has been made so we don't actually know anything yet !

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 There should be a poll regarding the right producer so we can vote on right now.

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 No official statement has been made so we don't actually know anything yet !

 

Well said, best comment yet!

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So...does anybody know when the new U2 album is coming out? :D:wacko::ph34r:

 

;)

 

I'd run if I were you ;)  :lol:

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