U2 will release a new album in March with re-imagined and re-recorded songs.
The band will release the 40-song LP ‘Songs of Surrender’, following on from frontman Bono’s memoir ‘Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story’, which was released in November.
U2 will release the album on March 17.
They wrote on their official Twitter account: “Songs Of Surrender. 40 Songs. Re-imagined and re-recorded. March 17, 2023. #U2SOS40”
It comes after U2’s guitarist The Edge teased a new project in letters to fans, admitting the band was taking a “new direction”.
He wrote: “When a song becomes famous, it is always associated with a certain voice. I can’t imagine ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ without Bob Dylan’s shrill timbre or ‘All The Time In The World’ without its unique voice by Louis Armstrong What happens when a voice develops and experience and maturity give it extra resonance?
U2 has been around long enough to know what that’s like. It applies to all of us, but it applies to Bono in particular.
“The fact is, most of our work was written and recorded when we were a bunch of very young men. Those songs mean something completely different to us now. Some have grown with us. Some we’ve outgrown. But we haven’t lost sight of lost.of what drove us to write those songs in the first place.The essence of those songs is still within us, but how can we reconnect with that essence when we have moved on and grown so much?
“Music allows you to travel through time and so we started imagining what it would be like to bring these songs back to the present and give them the benefit of a reimagination of the 21st century or not .What started as an experiment quickly became a personal obsession as so many early U2 songs gave way to new interpretation.Intimacy replaced post-punk urgency.New keys.New chords.New tempos and new lyrics came.It turns out that great songs more or less indestructible gave up our reverence for the original version and each song began to open up to a new authentic voice of our time, of the people we are, and in particular the singer that Bono has become.
“Hope you like our new direction.”
The track list has yet to be confirmed, but some supporters of the band – which also includes Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – have speculated it could be the same as the songs in Bono’s memoir, which told the stories of 40 tracks from U2’s back catalogue.