U2 have announced that they will be delaying the release of their new album following the results from the US elections.
The Irish rock band were finishing their 14th studio album, ‘Songs of Experience’. They say that after Donald Trump won the election, “it’s like a pendulum has suddenly just taken a huge swing in the other direction“.
Most of the songs from ‘Songs of Experience’ were written near the beginning of 2016, with the album completed at the end of the year.
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Guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone: “Suddenly the world changed. We just went, “Hold on a second – we’ve got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what’s going on in the world.” That’s because it was written mostly, I mean, 80 percent of it was started before 2016, but most of it was written in the early part of 2016, and now, as I think you’d agree, the world is a different place.”
U2 also consider that their music has “come full circle“:”[Joshua Tree] was written in the mid-Eighties, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners’ strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America.
“It feels like we’re right back there in a way. I don’t think any of our work has ever come full circle to that extent. It just felt like, “Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn’t have three years ago, four years ago.”