I agree with your Quality over Quantity theory but they proved through the performances over the latter part of the 360 tour that they had "quality" new songs. I still shake my head how a song like Mercy could have been left off the album HTDAAB. I love this band to death but eleven (11) new songs every four (4) years....? I guess I may just be greedy and want more.
I was actually wondering about all the left over material that they could come back to and polish up.
But perhaps that wouldn't be considered "new material..."
U2 is hardly through with making more of their own moments. Bono talks excitedly about recent studio work and a fruitful collaboration with Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, half of the former duo Gnarls Barkley with Cee-Lo Green.
“You know, there might be life in the old dog yet!” Bono says.
“We’ve hit a vein. We’re working with this special soul, Brian Burton. He listens in a very different way.”The sound, Bono says, is hardly old school U2.
“There are things that have always been in our music but maybe not being accentuated. It’s really very, very different. It’s shocking how different it is.”Edge, Bono says, is on fire. “He’s unbelievable when he works. I feel very sorry for his family,” Bono laughs. Larry and Adam are also pumped.
“There’s a bass line coming up that you literally cannot believe. It’s just unbelievable. So yeah, it’s exciting.”But Bono isn’t putting a timeline on when the music will be finished, or even if it will see the light of day. If the band isn’t completely thrilled with the end result it will go nowhere.
“We can still spoil it, and you know, I could be wrong,” Bono says. “And if so then people will not hear from us because there would be no reason for us to be around.
“There’s no sense of entitlement with these men. They are absolutely, you know, as honest right now as they were when making our first album, Boy.
“They don’t expect there to be an audience for us every time we go and put an album out. We have to dig down very deep.”
Edge, Bono says, is on fire.
YEAH - it's back! I've been waiting for this sentence for 3 years now! :-)
Bono saves my day!
I am willing to wait if the album's going to be a masterpiece.
With Coldplay's new album and U22, soon to be followed by Muse's new album in a few months, I'll have enough material to tide me over for a while.
But when Bono said this isn't Old School U2, what's he referring to... Is he saying that they've moved further from their AB/Pop era? Have they returned to ATYCLB/HTDAAB? Have they done something else? This is the time for asking questions.