Songs Of Innocence received its digital release on September 9th 2014, when Apple distributed it to half a billion iTunes Store customers.
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(If you have an iTunes account simply go to the Music app on your iOS device, or to your iTunes music library on your Mac or PC, and find 'Songs Of Innocence' under the artist or album tab. The new album is in iCloud, just tap the track listing to start listening or tap the cloud icon to download. If you don't have an iTunes account, creating one is easy and once you have registered, Songs of Innocence will show up in your music library.)
The first studio album from the band since No Line On The Horizon in 2009, the new album is a kind of musical autobiography, with eleven songs charting U2's earliest influences from 70s rock and punk to early 80s electronica and soul... and revealing how music changed everything. As Bono sings in the lead song, 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)', 'I woke up when the miracle occurred/ Heard a song that made some sense out of the world...'
Exploring themes of home and family, relationships and discovery, detailed liner notes fill out the picture with resonant stories, like one of the first gigs the teenage band got into. 'The 4 members of U2 went to see the Ramones playing in the state cinema in Dublin without thinking about how we were going to get in. we had no tickets and no money.. My best friend Guggi had a ticket and he snuck us through a side exit he pried open. The world stopped long enough for us to get on it. Even though we only saw half the show, it became one of the great nights of our life....'
On October 13th the physical release of Songs Of Innocence comes with a 24-page booklet. A deluxe, gatefold double album, contains an acoustic session of songs from the album and four additional tracks: Lucifer’s Hands, The Crystal Ballroom, The Troubles (Alternative version) and Sleep Like a Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake)
The album will also be available as a gatefold, double white-vinyl LP with an exclusive remix of "The Crystal Ballroom".
Recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles, Songs Of Innocence is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.