The U2 camp is no longer silent. After the success of Bobo’s book, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, the band is taking inspiration by re-working 40 of their classic songs. U2 has announced a new album, Songs of Surrender which will be released on March 17, 2023.
The album will feature 40 re-imagined and rerecorded songs. I do not know how I feel about bands doing covers of their songs. Will it taint the legacy of the music or it? Only time will tell, is this a brilliant move or a money grab? Has the well gone dry? The curiosity factor will get the best out of my wallet.
“Music allows you to time travel,” explained The Edge, “And we became curious to find out what it would be like to bring our early songs back with us to the present day and give them the benefit, or otherwise, of a 21st-century reimagining.
“What started out as an experiment quickly developed into a personal obsession as so many of our songs yielded to a new interpretation. Intimacy replaced post-punk urgency. New tempos, new keys, and in some cases new chords and new lyrics arrived. A great song, it turns out is kind of indestructible.
“The process of selecting which songs to revisit started with a series of demos. I looked at how a song would hang together if all but the bare essential elements were taken away. The other main aim was to find ways to bring intimacy into the songs, as most of them were initially written with live concert performances in mind.
“Reviewing these sketch recordings with producer Bob Ezrin, it was very easy to see the ones that worked straight off the bat and those that needed more work. We all got into the sensibility of less is more.”
The 40 newly recorded tracks are collected together under each of the four band member names across four separate ‘albums’.
The Edge adds, “Hearing the songs interact and finding the running orders for the four albums was really thrilling; finding the surprising segues, getting a chance to DJ. Once we had four distinct albums it was easy to see who would be the figurehead for each one.”
Hear U2’s ‘reimagined’ version of In the Name of Love.
The complete Songs of the Surrender track listing is as follows:
Side 1 – The Edge
2. Where The Streets Have No Name
3. Stories For Boys
4. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
5. Out of Control
6. Beautiful Day
8. Every Breaking Wave
9. Walk On (Ukraine)
10. Pride (In The Name of Love)
Side 2 – Larry
1. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
2. Get Out Of Your Own Way
3. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
4. Red Hill Mining Town
5. Ordinary Love
6. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
8. Dirty Day
9. The Miracle of Joey Ramone
10. City of Blinding Lights
Side 3 – Adam
2. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
3. Electrical Storm
4. The Fly
5. If God Will Send His Angels
7. Until The End of The World
8. Song For Someone
9. All I Want Is You
10. Peace On Earth
Side 4 – Bono
1. With Or Without You
3. Sunday Bloody Sunday
4. Lights of Home
5. Cedarwood Road
6. I Will Follow
7. Two Hearts Beat As One
8. Miracle Drug
9. The Little Things That Give You Away