U2: Old songs in a new guise

Old songs in a new guise

U2 will release a 40-song opus called “Songs Of Surrender” in March.

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On their new album “Songs of Surrender” U2 have reinterpreted and recorded 40 of their own songs, including many classics.

On March 17th, U2 will release a new album with old songs in a new guise. As has been rumored for some time and Universal officially announced on Wednesday, the band has reinterpreted and recorded 40 songs from their catalog over the past two years.

A first song can already be heard: “Pride (In The Name Of Love)“. In addition, there is a trailer for the comprehensive work that will be published in spring under the title “Songs Of Surrender”.

Time travel to the present

Guitarist The Edge (61), who curated and produced the new songs, explains according to the press release that the project started as an experiment and quickly developed into a personal obsession. “Music allows time travel and we were curious to see what it would be like to bring our early songs with us into the present […].” The musician further describes the musical process with the words: “Intimacy replaced the post-punk urgency. New tempos, new keys and in some cases new chords and new lyrics were added.”

The 40 newly recorded tracks are collected on four discs, each bearing the name of one of the band members. “Songs Of Surrender” also presents many of the band’s classics in a new sound costume, including “With Or Without You”, “One”, “Beautiful Day”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” or “Invisible”.


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