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U2 announce new album details, release Kendrick Lamar collaboration

By | Published on Friday 3 November 2017


U2 have revealed more details about their upcoming new album, ‘Songs Of Experience’, as well as releasing their collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’.

As previously reported, a companion piece to 2014’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’, the album’s release was cancelled after the 2016 US presidential election so that the band could rework it to reflect just how fucked up the world is now.

Bono’s lyrics were apparently written after receiving some advice from poet Brendan Kennelly, who suggested “write as if you’re dead”. Although I think Bono might have misunderstood. That does sound like it might be a more poetic way of saying, “shut the fuck up, Bono”.

Kendrick Lamar, who previously tested his credibility by allowing U2 to appear on his latest album ‘Damn’ – on a track called ‘XXX’ – now goes all out and delivers a few lines on the new U2 song. You can listen to ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ here.

‘Songs Of Experience’ is set for release on 1 Dec.