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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.

U2.com 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.



COMMENTS

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pkstamps
24 September, 2014
Tremendous
Great sounding and back to roots music. A masterpiece!
moanya
24 September, 2014
YOU DID IT AGAIN, U2
Ok. I want to be honest. I have loved EVERY SINGLE U2 song. When I was fifteen, a friend of mine made me hear The Joshua Tree album for the first time and I thought: what's this? Why I didn't know? This is the music I love, the most beautiful I've ever heard!!! - It was love at first sight. That moment changed my life. Since that day I loved U2 more than myself, I spent my life with you - almost every single day of my life - and I have loved every song, lyric, speech and choice you have made. Because I love Bono's way to sing, Edge's way to play guitar, Larry's way to play drums and Adam's way to play bass. Even when you play other's songs. I thought No line on the horizon was your best work because I adored that album. But this time it's different. When I listened to Songs of Innocence I went back to my teen age and thought: Wow!! Hey, this is the music I like!!! This is the music I was expecting from my band!! You did it again U2. You changed my life. Again. Until the last september 8 I did have a favourite U2 album, a favourite song, a favourite verse... Now my certainties are broken. Everything changed. There are eleven new songs to considerate and each one of them is GREAT and could be the new number one. But at the same time, nothing changes and my certainties are stronger than ever. U2 turned my world upside down - again - but you are still my band, my only love, my religion because this album is the BEST WORK EVER!!!! So today, on your 38th birthday, I say: thank you for giving me a new dream, for taking me by hands and bringing me to a new wondeful journey. I spent part of the last summer walking around Dublin hoping to meet you, but it didn't happen. Well, if this was the price to pay for Songs of Innocence, it was well deserved. And if this the beginning of a new journey, I can't wait for Songs of Experience. I'm very proud and honoured to be a fan of yours. So happy birthday U2. Thank you for giving me the key to your kingdom. There is no end to love...
Xtraladuc
24 September, 2014
shut up and sing...
Despite all the criticism around the itunes download and the marketing backlash, I dare to say this album is really incredible. Full of energy and emotions, raw and straightforward. thanks guys for this precious stone... still fan and proud of it.
guillermo1970
24 September, 2014
Thanks Thanks !!!
Thank you so much U2 , great album
kwhiston
24 September, 2014
kwhiston
one word for the new album "AWESOME"
Kim the fly
24 September, 2014
Iris!!
Simply in love with the bass on that track - sound so freaking awesome!!
Yogesh
24 September, 2014
Its a grower
I commented a couple of weeks ago, with my point of view after a first listen and I was very luke warm about the album. However, 2 weeks on, and Ive been converted. The album carries you on a rollercoaster of an emotional ride. The songs are different but the sounds and influences are there to be heard. Cant wait for Songs of Experience!!
Luis Peixoto Pereira
24 September, 2014
Unbelievable
Já ouvi o álbum uma centenas de vezes. Excelente.. Preparado para os Concertos ao vivo.. algumas músicas já estam na memória.
alanakaalbow
23 September, 2014
best track
Best track for me has to be "song for someone" When kicking of your tour think about asking "Rival Sons" for your support band you will be blown away.
josan18
23 September, 2014
Awesome
Awesome record!Loving it!Please remember Wisconsin for the next tour,love you always.
joshthetree
23 September, 2014
Better than Achtung Baby and Joshua Tree
...in my view ;0) Next tour please only play songs from 1997 onwards. Also don't wait too long to follow up with Songs of Experience. Thanks
u2bax
23 September, 2014
On another planet!!!
This album has it all. From the opening track to the last note it's fucking brilliant. Viva U2.
Fhern
23 September, 2014
Addictive
Can´t stop listen to Songs Of Innocence. You always have the capacity to thrill with your songs. You have done it once again. Please, never consider to give up. You are the best band ever. You are the only ones. The future is yours. Forever.
erikthyselius
23 September, 2014
Best in 21 years!
This album makes me feel like 18 again! For me, this album is your best since the release of Zooropa! You've dreamed yourself up again. Didn't expect that once more. Thank you!
richieone
23 September, 2014
richiemittens
Can't wait for the live tour !
Musicneil66
22 September, 2014
Better than the real thing
Great new album, some old distinctive sounds and new ones. We'll done boys you never fail to deliver! Anyone know how I can pre order vinyl album?
jmw1
22 September, 2014
thank you
I think the new album is amazing and I actually will be buying it on vinyl. I have been a fan for a long time and I am starting to think this may actually be your best album - it's lush, beautiful, and quite moving. And it rocks. Honestly it's getting me through the day, so I just wanted to say thank you. You guys are fucking brilliant.
gornes
22 September, 2014
Good Feelings
I've listened the whole album , but only 2 times, I like it ... i can't wait to know about the u2's tour ( Arena & Stadium? US & EU) :))))
Lee2244
22 September, 2014
Off like a Volcano!
Wow, just when we were contemplating the end of the world with comments like "we're not relevant", an album that will truly rank among the best ever and another direction that nobody saw coming. Amazing, and possibly a long awaited no.1 in Volcano? (WOW...well worth the wait!). Just proves all the critics right...Bono really has NO idea what he's talking about :-)
the_king
22 September, 2014
Adam is happy
A lot of bass in the new album, i think Adam is happy and we love it!! Great job!! Cu in Amsterdam?? When?? :-)
aaron96
22 September, 2014
What a surprise !!!!!
What a surprise last night during a commercial break while watching downtown abbey, only the best rock band in the world rocking ! !!!! UK. Xx
bbeni94
22 September, 2014
Songs of Innocence
This is a truly great album, I can never thank you enough for all the songs you have given to us. You are awesome. Keep up the good work. Incredible album! ;)
KimluvsU2
21 September, 2014
So worth the wait
I was 10 yrs old when I was given a cassette tape of this group called U2. The rest is history! 33 yrs later & I am still a certified U2 junkie. Now my kids listen to them & went to the 360 concert at ages 11 & 12. I have been listening to the new songs constantly. Looking forward to the tour. Been to every tour since Joshua Tree when I was 15. There will never be another band that comes close to U2. Thanks guys for so many yrs of great music.
Rogerio360
21 September, 2014
Muito obrigado
O disco é simplesmente maravilhoso, a espera foi compensadora. O U2 faz parte da minha vida. As músicas são lindas e não vejo a hora da turnê começar. Estou ouvindo o disco todos os dias. Obrigado.
emster
21 September, 2014
Just keeps growing and growing on me
I hope that U2 ignore negativity from reviews..... This album is such a grower and every day I wake up with a different track in my head... No weak tracks and lots of ear worms... Love it... Best since achtung Baby.
robbie01
21 September, 2014
'Fan' tastic album
I have been a U2 fan for what seems like forever! they have aged well along with myself and continue to surprise me, I would like to thank them for taking me along on this big 'old' ride called life "its been a great pleasure Guys" and long may it continue...... As for ALL the people and press knocking the free release of the album on Apple ITunes! Get over it! you all have a choice? don't listen, don't download, shut your ears from the world..... enjoy whatever you like to listen to and do. Oh I especially like The Troubles and Sleep Like A Baby Tonight. Cheers UNUMB2
john beddard
21 September, 2014
jbbono
well the wait is over and well worth it, great album 11 great songs very different to previous albums but so U2 absolutely awesome love it. Cant wait for hard copy would love invisible and ordinary love on it. So looking forward to concerts in OZ keep making great music for many more years
Althen
21 September, 2014
To my favourite band
Thank you so much you guys for all the joy you bring me <3 !!! Your songs are parts of my life, they gave some unique colours to many events that I've been living. Your last album is a reallly good one, your best reward will be on stage! Keep the faith :-)! Alain
jima
21 September, 2014
Thank you U2
thank you - really enjoying the album- especially Song for someone
island01
20 September, 2014
Songs of Innocence... Thank You!!
Thank you so much U2 and Apple for the FREE album!! So great to have a new U2 album!! ❤️U2❤️
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