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Product Songs of Experience [Deluxe Edition]

Songs of Experience [Deluxe Edition]

artist U2

Personnel: The Edge (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Bono (vocals); Duncan Stewart (guitar); Adam Clayton (bass guitar).
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios; Hanover Quay; Neptune Valley; Strathmore House; The Church Studios; The Garage, Topanga; The Woodshed; Uno Mas Studio; Waterloo Studio; Windmill Lane Studios.
Photographer: Anton Corbijn.
"I shouldn't be here because I should be dead" sings Bono on "Lights of Home," the second track on Songs of Experience, the long-delayed sequel to 2014's Songs of Innocence. It's not merely a turn of phrase. Two months after U2 unleashed Songs of Innocence on the world, Bono injured himself in a bicycle accident so severe he suspected he may never play guitar again. He recovered, but his misfortune derailed plans for the band to wrap up Songs of Experience swiftly, so U2 decided to take their time. A version of the record neared completion in 2016, but that year's twin elections of Brexit and Trump spurred U2 to revise the album, as they decided they couldn't release a record that didn't address such cataclysmic political events. Retro-conning the existing Songs of Experience material to suit the political climate wasn't the easiest task and the album often shows its seams, particularly when Bono decides to tackle the crisis head-on: the line "Democracy is flat on its back, Jack" arrives with a thud on "The Blackout," but it's nothing compared to "American Soul," an ode to real America where the singer and the band engage in a battle of hams. "American Soul" also features a line -- and no more -- by Kendrick Lamar, the rapper who is on the vanguard of popular music in 2017 (no less of an authority than David Bowie cited Lamar as an influence on his final album, Blackstar). Typical to many modern records, Songs of Experience is the result of many cooks: Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder claim the main production credits, with Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, and old friend Steve Lillywhite responsible for additional production, whatever that may be. With all these hands, it's not much of a surprise that Songs of Experience feels diverse, its modernist moments -- like Bono embracing pitch-shifted vocals -- counterbalancing feints toward U2's arena rock past. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Performer: U2
Engineered by: Duncan Stewart
Record Label: Interscope (USA)
Original Release Year: 2017
Format: Compact Discs
Number of Disc: 1
Recording Mode: Stereo
Run Time: 67 minutes
ISBN: 6317140294 / 9786317140295
UPC: 602557977004 / 00602557977004
Genre: Rock & Pop

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