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U2’s new album sounds familiar to fans

Posted on September 22, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Music
By USM Free Press

Krysteana Scribner | The Free Press

By Sydney Donovan

For anyone wielding an iPhone, you might notice something different about your iTunes library on your phone. Thanks to collaboration with Apple, the rock band U2 has released their new album, Songs of Innocence, exclusively to iTunes.

On every Apple phone, the album is automatically downloaded into your music library and seen on your purchased page. It’s free, of course, but not all users may have wanted it in the first place.

I will admit that most of the songs seem to overproduce the sound quality of the drums, but it brings forth a nice mixture of electronics and live acoustic instruments. Songs of Innocence sounds like a mixture of their early 2000’s albums, All That You Can’t Leave Behind  and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.

Their new song “Every Breaking Wave” brings more of an alternative sound to it. It speaks about trust and how we often rely on things that are unpredictable. This message can be seen when Bono sings about how “Every sailor knows that the seas a friend-made-enemy / Every shipwrecked soul knows what it is / To live without and to receive.” Although the lyrics show deep meaning about unpredictability, there were no huge dynamic changes between chorus and verse. The introduction reminds listeners of their previous hit “With or Without You” because of the relaxed drumbeat and guitar tone.

Another new song on Songs of Innocence, “Volcano,” incorporates a heavy bass intro. The message in this particular song speaks about the unpredictability of human beings. “Your eyes were like landing lights / They used to be the clearest blue / Now you don’t see so well / The futures gonna land on you.” U2’s guitar player The Edge can switch between heavily distorted and clean sounding guitar tones.

Another song worth mentioning, titled “Sleep Like a Baby Tonight,” is very electronically influenced with heavy synthesizers. It uses provoking lyrics and describes how sleeping acts as a saving grace from a state of repetition of a mundane lifestyle. “You’re gonna sleep like a baby tonight / In your dreams, everything is alright / Tomorrow dawns like suicide.” It produces a more laid back rhythm.

This album wasn’t memorable, but acted more as a throwback to their old sounds. Songs of Innocence is worth a listen for any U2 fan who enjoyed early 2000s U2, and you definitely can’t beat the price of the album.

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