U2 gave their fans a great surprise today – they released their thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes for free.
Interscope Records made a press release stating that the new album, which was gifted to fans ahead of the October 14 release date, is the band’s “most personal work to date” and that it was inspired by the band’s earliest influences in music, which includes anything from 70s rock to 80s electronica.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono said that the band wanted to make a very personal album.
“Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there,” says the frontman.
Some of the songs included on the album are “Song for Someone”, “Volcano”, and “The Miracle”. This is the fordt album U2 has released in five years.
Listen to one of the new songs, entitled “California (There Is No End to Love)” here: