Songs of Experience – U2 – 2017

Album

Album Songs of Experience by U2
Album Songs of Experience by U2

Songs of Experience is the 14th studio album by the Irish rock band U2, released on December 1, 2017 by Interscope Records and Universal Music Group. It is a companion piece to their previous album, Songs of Innocence (2014), which was inspired by the band members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s. Songs of Experience, on the other hand, is a collection of letters written by the lead singer Bono to people and places that are close to his heart. The album features guest appearances from Haim, Kendrick Lamar, and Lady Gaga, among others. The album was produced mainly by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with additional production from Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, Brent Kutzle, Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse and Declan Gaffney. The album was recorded between 2014 and 2017 in various studios in Dublin, New York, Los Angeles and London. The album has 13 songs and a running time of about 51 minutes. The album’s singles are You’re the Best Thing About Me, Get Out of Your Own Way, Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way and Summer of Love. The album was a commercial success, reaching number one in several countries, including the US, where it became the band’s eighth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its lyrical themes and musical diversity. Songs of Experience was the sixth best-selling album worldwide in 2017, selling 1.3 million copies. U2 supported the album with the Experience + Innocence Tour, a sequel to their 2015 tour.

Songs of Experience is a solid album from U2. It is not as groundbreaking as some of their earlier albums, but it is still a worthy addition to their catalog.

Personnel:

  • U2 – vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, piano, harmonica
  • Jacknife Lee – keyboards, synthesizers, guitars, percussion
  • Ryan Tedder – keyboards, synthesizers, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Steve Lillywhite – keyboards, percussion
  • Andy Barlow – keyboards, synthesizers, percussion, programming
  • Jolyon Thomas – keyboards, synthesizers, guitars
  • Brent Kutzle – keyboards, synthesizers, cello, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
  • Paul Epworth – keyboards, programming
  • Danger Mouse – keyboards, drum machine
  • Declan Gaffney – keyboards, guitars, programming
  • Haim – additional vocals on “Lights of Home”
  • Kendrick Lamar – outro on “Get Out of Your Own Way” and intro on “American Soul”
  • Lady Gaga – background vocals on “Summer of Love”

Source: Songs of Experience (U2 album) – Wikipedia

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