U2 just released their new album Songs of Experience. Here are my thoughts.
About the album
Songs of Experience is the fourteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow, and Jolyon Thomas, and released on 1 December 2017. The album is intended to be a companion piece to U2’s previous record, Songs of Innocence (2014). Whereas its predecessor explored the group members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart. The personal nature of the lyrics reflects a “brush with mortality” that he had during the album’s recording.
I’m a big fan of U2, I grew up with it and I think that they make amazing music. I haven’t seen them live unfortunately, but I hope to get to experience that in the future. Their previous album Songs of Innocence wasn’t that great. It wasn’t bad, but it could have been better. This album is supposed to be a follow-up on that, but luckily this one is so much better. Even though Bono introduces us to some autotune in the first song, that luckily doesn’t happen again further in the album. U2 manages to stay modern, but still sounds like good old U2. Just the way I like it.
There are ‘small’ and relaxing songs, but also some great ‘big’ songs that will do great live on stage. Even Kendrick Lamar and Kygo make a quest appearance. Kygo remixes the song You’re The Best Thing About Me which sounds like you can play in a club, but still sounds like U2. I’m not a fan of remixes, but this one is actually pretty good. There are some fun, rock songs, some songs to cheer you up, some songs to think about and some songs to dance on. Songs of Experience is a typical U2 album, but with a modern twist. I’m not even going to mention the lyrics, because I think Bono is one of the greatest songwriters out there. U2 doesn’t dissappoint and this album is one to listen to. Many times.
Album: Song of Experience
Release date: 1 December 2017
Duration: 1 hour, 7 minutes (Deluxe version)