U2 Reveal Work On Three New Albums

U2 have shed some light on their current studio work, including that they are working on three separate albums.

U2 Reveal Work On Three New Albums
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With the band finally off the road following 360, their record-breaking moneymaker of a world tour, U2 have shed some light on their current studio work, including that they are working on three separate albums. "We're working on three albums at the moment and we haven't decided what order we're going to put them out but 'The Songs Of Ascent' have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we're speaking of now," Bono said in an exclusive interview to members of the band fan club on U2.com and revealed on fan site U2 Hellas. "They fit into this moment, the mode of some of these artists that I was hanging out with on Christmas Eve." Bono is referring to busking in and around Dublin on Dec. 24 with fellow musicians - including the Swell Season's Glen Hansard - for two homeless charities: the Peter McVerry Trust and Simon Community. The singers played "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" and "Silent Night". "I played a couple of songs acoustically but earlier in the year both Edge and I played at the memorial to Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Bill Clinton Foundation," Bono added. "It's quite something hearing our own songs, like 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' or 'A Man And Woman', so stripped down and I think it showed us some clues for the future." The news comes following a suggestion from bassist Adam Clayton last October in Q magazine that "The Songs Of Ascent" might not be ready for some time. "We thought there was more material left over from 'No Line'... We now feel a long way from that material," he said in the article. Various titles to unreleased songs have been mentioned in different articles and interviews dating back to "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" recording sessions. Although there's been speculation there's no word as to when any of the albums could be released or if the group would tour in support of one, two or all three albums at the same time. Both Bono and The Edge also discussed the year in music, giving props to bands like Foster The People, Florence and The Machine and Bon Iver among many others. "Something really exciting is that finally the rock band is melting into clubland and experimenting with sounds that are not normally deemed authentic for the rock band - synthesizers, experimental sounds - which you can hear in an album by the Temper Trap," Bono said. "That's exciting, a new hybrid." The duo also commented on the fact R.E.M. decided to disband in 2011, with The Edge having his doubts they are done for good. "That really came out of the blue," the Edge said regarding R.E.M.'s announcements, but adding "I'm still thinking to myself that maybe in a few years time they'll do some stuff together "What's the point in breaking up except to be back together again! I'm being selfish, I suppose, I would love to see them doing some more work together." U2 released their last studio album "No Line On The Horizon" in 2009 and a live DVD of the tour. Last September the group premiered "From The Sky Down", a documentary concerning the band's making of their 1991 album "Achtung Baby". Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

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    Trent Armitage
    ds24601 wrote: It seems odd that you would consciously work on three albums at the same time--not a three part album akin to Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I and II, but three separate albums from what I can gather. If you've got that much creative juices flowing why not just make one really kick ass album?
    I'm thinking its just three different themes, I mean, you can't really combine Zooropa, Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree all on one album, that'd sound so wierd
    ds24601
    It seems odd that you would consciously work on three albums at the same time--not a three part album akin to Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I and II, but three separate albums from what I can gather. If you've got that much creative juices flowing why not just make one really kick ass album?
    Iliekgitaz
    ds24601 wrote: It seems odd that you would consciously work on three albums at the same time--not a three part album akin to Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I and II, but three separate albums from what I can gather. If you've got that much creative juices flowing why not just make one really kick ass album?
    I'm guessing they have a lot of songs that wouldn't fit on just one album but three, like maybe they are working on a few techno-y songs like they did in the 90s, maybe a few Joshua Tree esque songs and maybe something jazzy? idk. Just giving an example.
    slaveskinJACKET
    So, judging from the way they speak, they don't have enough material for one album, yet they're currently working on three? You can argue that their different styles couldn't be on the same album, and it might be a strange combination, but just because it hasn't been done [by them] doesn't mean it can't be done. Besides, Bono says the rock band is going to clubland. So if that's how he feels, why does he feel the need to separate their 'club' music from their 'rock' music? That would lead one to believe that their rock band isn't going to clubland, rather that their rock band moonlights as a club band.
    Faceplant21
    I'm personally really excited to see one (or three) new album(s). So far every album they've released has been amazing, and completely unique from their others.
    CommanderMeaty
    lol I don't care what the people say this kickass! 311's Transistor contained 21 songs and it is a solid album! making the band's music library wider
    andreww1996
    you know the the news about u2 almost all the time gets me relly anyoed idont even consider them rock but pop with instruments
    taytay8b
    They really have to release a good album that will just be good straight forward music. No Line On the Horizon was a disappointment in my book, and the only successful experimentation they had was Achtung Baby and Zooropa. HOWEVER, Achtung's underlying structure was still that they had great songs. Their best work has always been about great songs, so please just do this for us U2!!