Songs Of Innocence

9 Sep 2014802
The wait is over. Songs of Innocence, the new album, is here.

Got iTunes ? Take a listen.

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. *

Songs of Innocence is set for worldwide release on October 13th. Today Apple are giving it to half a billion iTunes Store customers.

Not got an iTunes account? Create one here - the album will automatically appear in your library. slipped into the studio a few days back where the band played us the new tracks and we were blown away. A kind of musical autobiography, the eleven new songs chart their earliest influences from 70s rock and punk to early 80s electronica and soul... and reveal 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....'

Songs of Innocence was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album closes with 'The Troubles' featuring the distinctive vocals of Swedish indie singer-songwriter Lykke Li.

Here's the eleven tracks: The Miracle (of Joey Ramone), Every Breaking Wave, California (There Is No End To Love), Song For Someone, Iris (Hold Me Close), Volcano, Raised By Wolves, Cedarwood Road, Sleep Like A Baby Tonight, This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now, The Troubles.

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".

When you've given it a listen, get right back here and review Songs of Innocence for us in the comments below.

* 'Songs of Innocence' is already in your iTunes library, waiting for you to download.
On iOS
Open iTunes Store
Scroll down to Purchased
Select Recent Purchases
The album should be displayed there.

On Desktop iTunes
Open iTunes Store
Select Purchased [under Quick Links]
Select Music
Recent Purchases (make sure ‘All’ is selected)
The album should be displayed there.

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I haven't felt this way about listening
I'm just absolutely amazed that U2 and their collaborators can continue to produce such powerful music (now into the FOURTH decade). The last time I was tethered this much to my iPod was way back in 2005. Awesome job! Can't stop listening! I'm finding new things to love with ever new pass through the album.
C'est magnifiiiiiiiiique !!
Merci pour ce nouvel album qui tient ses promesses. Je vous suis depuis que j'ai 14 ans et votre musique sait toujours me donner des émotions comme nulle autre. Je craque pour "Iris", un morceau tellement puissant !! En concert ça va être de la BOMBE !!!
Why do people moan about new album it's amazing & it was free get a life !! Love it another classic to my collection hope for a tour
Thank you!!!
Thank you, thank you for bringing us this fantastic collection of songs. The album gets better and better with every listen. It increases your enormous legend and legacy. Don't worry about being relevant. We only want to hear your songs. Your songs always have magic. Songs Of Experience will be wonderful. Everything you will release will be excellent (No Line On The Horizon is fantastic too and I suppose you know it).
I love your music, all those feelings you put into your works. Can't wait for your concert here in Italy. Keep going!
good job
this is a good job guys. thank you for sharing your music with us for free.
So poud of you
Outstanding. I can't say which song I like Best. They are all wonderful and different. U2 at its best. Worth the wait. Thank you
Cláudio CS
An U2 LP to remember!!!
Thanks, guys !!! You made my life better again... It´s simply the best U2 album in the last 20 years... Loved it too much !!! I can´t touch my iPhone from Iris to Sleep Like A Baby Tonight, 5 excellent, infectious and catchy tracks in a row !!! It´s SOOOOOOO U2... You guys signed this album like no other one in the last 20 years. I felt the same only when I first heard Boy, October and War... Can hardly wait for Songs Of Experience and the Tour !!! THANX AGAIN, GUYS !!!
an absolute masterpiece!
I have given songs of innocence 23 complete listen throughs and it has gotten better with every listen. This is a rare thing when you like an entire album of songs the same. I love every track the same and get so excited because I know what song is coming next. It is absolutely brilliant. I watched the sunrise in the rural frulds of Litiz pa with coffee and blasted listen number 22. This album is going to rebirth music. I cannot wait to hear them live. I hope you can fit all these songs on the set list. I cannot wait until October 13th. This has been the most exciting thing that has ever happened in music. Thank you. This perhaps is your finest work and I cannot wait to hear what you have to cone. I'm one of your biggest fans and I love you guys. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this! I'm going to buy this album for an entire Fransiscan order in Pittsburgh because I know it will touch their lives and in a small way want to show the same gift giving attitude you guys have. God Bless U2 and your wonderful crew and staff. Coffee is ready and I'm gonna spend the morning blasting songs of brilliance. I mean songs if innocence!
Thanks Boys!
I love this album and have been listening to it no stop since it was released. Again it is a sublime record of music and now feels like it has always been in my collection. Every Breaking Wave is a favourite already - great Edge vocals. Can't wait to hear the tracks live. Until then I'm enjoying the music on the ipod. I will get the double white vinyl copy of the album too. Thanks U2...
Beautiful !
Excellent cd and songs - growing upon each and every play. So great to have the U2 boys back in town !
The lyrics are on the website, great!
Now I'm waiting for Songs of Experience!
I loved the new album. The Danger Mouse's work on the record are the best ones. Waiting for the second part and tour. Please come to Argentina!
With all my heart, thank you.
I think I'm speechless. This is one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. All I know is that I love the new music and am so happy to see and hear the band again. Thank you so much U2 for this wonderful gift. Today was a special day for me anyway, and for the new record to be released as I'm getting ready for bed, on this day, just made it perfect.
Operating system discremination
I am truly surprised by U2's release of the album on iTunes. They ought to know that choosing not to be on iTunes is a mindset and it is not in U2's culture and practices to discriminate against their listeners. Releasing the music on one operating system and not on others is a discrimination against people's choices. I am quite a bit disappointing, actually. I fail to understand, why make your new album, which I am certain is wonderful, but would not make me sign up for iTunes, available through one company and make the rest of the world wait for a month?
Great album ! :D
I could only hear the album calmly today. So delicate and sweet . U2 really rocks! Worthed to wait. Loads of Love <3
Music was saved
I've been a big fan for 19 years and this is the best release yet for me. Utter, utter brilliance from the boys. It has immense emotional depth and character and killer songs. It's got everything!
love it
Love the album. Now waiting for the tour. Even if I have to go to Ireland. I was planning to go anyway someday but I would plan the vacation around a U2 tour.
Douglas Bergman
Iris-Bono 40 years ago
I was 9 then. I can relate. As my mother died too early as well. Well done 1st song to last. A gem in my mind and well worth the wait. Brings me back in time. Thank you. Looking forward to Experience and the tour once again.
better & better
gets better & better everytime I listen to it....mi fave song from the album changes everytime,what a belta' of an album :-)
Thank you, means so much to me!
Thank you for this amazing album, means so much to me! Hace been waiting 5 years, and there is so much depth in your album SOI! Love it!!!
hey is there a vinyl record of this album? If there is a vinyl record of this album where do I get it?
Best Surprise!!!
Great, great album! It's classic, the songs are in my head and heart all day. So glad I got to listen to it before reading the irritated reviews (criticism about it sounding too much like U2??).
A gift of pure beauty
Thank you so much for this unexpected gift. The new songs are shining deep in my heart and soul. ....Just wishing to be blinded by you brand new....the miracle occured...
Semplicemente spettacolareeeeee!!!!!
Wonderful, marvelous, amazing, spettacolareeeeee!!! thank you friends
Thanks Boys, Again, followed you since i
What can i say this album is brilliant, have been a huge fan all of my life 1981 and onward and follow your every move look farward to the tour, Thanks again, Gary
The best work ever!!!
The more I listen the more I like it!! This is your best work ever guys, great sound, great singing, new and nostalgic at the same time. No other band in history has such a poliedric career and ability to reborn, again and again. You are and always be very relevant, the best band ever. And don't let the bastards grind you down. I love you Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam. Thank you for being part of my life.
Thank you so much, U2 !!
This is a great album--thank you guys! Keep up the good work and don't listen to grumpy, jealous critics who don't know shit about you and music... Can't wait to see you on tour: hope you'll be in the Stade de France, Paris soon!
ST Boyle 111
The excitement I felt when checking twitter a little while before the announcement in Cupertino . Thank you U2 and apple , a cool & truly amazing album when the dust settles this will be up there as there best LP . When songs are great it is about finding the very best melodys and hooks and U2 definately deliver it . This album lifts my soul every single song could be a single and not many rocknroll bands can achieve that on an album, it was a long wait but U2 did it . One fucking cool album xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Dare I say ..Masterpiece
Songs of Innocence is everything a U2 fan could want and more. I'm particularly fond of Iris, simply because on that song I think U2 is burning on all cylinders. The liner notes and words on the Lp really tie it all together. A focused vision by all involved, made this a great U2 concept record . Dare I say, Songs of Innocence ..will be remembered as another Masterpiece.
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