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June 3, 2012 / jhsaeger

Bono Sheds Light On New U2 Record

    There has been a bit of a cloak spread over U2’s recording process for their next studio record, the band’s first since February 2009.

    The mystery of this new album has been in existence ever since the release of No Line On The Horizon, as a companion album dubbed Songs of Ascent was alleged to be following shortly thereafter. Three years later, Songs of Ascent is still just a myth and has yet to touch store shelves. Producer Brian Burton, the current wunderkind of the music industry after his pop-savvy put the Black Keys, Gnarls Barkley, Norah Jones, and Broken Bells on the high end of the charts, was brought in to record a dozen songs with the band in 2010. The band has also recently been linked to Carl Falk, who is currently hot after penning chart-topping material for the boy band One Direction.
     On Friday evening, Bono appeared on the 50thAnniversary of Irish television program The Late Late Show following Irish singers Sinead O’Connor and Imelda May. He discussed the mullets that decorated the band’s first performance on the show and their forthcoming album, stating that the band was still “looking for the perfect pop song.” Bono also said that after U2’s recent run of studio work that Edge is, “in denial of his genius. I’m a little too sure. Larry [Mullen]’s suspicious of both and Adam [Clayton] sees merit in both.”
     When asked when U2 would know that their material was worthy, the singer humorously stated: “because they band will stop arguing.” The statement that seemed to be most indicative of the record’s impending status comes from Bono’s belief that the band has also recently had, “the best three weeks in the studio since 1979.”
       Whether or not this means anything truly definitive remains to be seen, but three years of working on a single album is bordering on rock ‘n roll excess. The band seems ready to shed the experimentalism of No Lone On the Horizon and veering towards the hooks of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb or the dance of Pop.  Fingers are crossed that the band gets the new record into place sooner rather than later and puts out an album in 2012.
      Bono’s visit on the Late Late Show, which comes in around the two-hour mark of the program:

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