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U2’s thirteenth studio album, Songs of Innocence, has roots in the band’s early and lifelong influences including the Ramones, Bob Dylan, and The Clash. It pays homage to U2’s formative years in Dublin and their transformative pilgrimage to California. It’s a collection of songwriting and music made possible only by shared time and life experiences. A fuzzed-out guitar surges through “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” The band delivers a beautiful homage to Bono’s mother, “Iris (Hold Me Close),” and paints a portrait of the icon’s hometown on “Cedarwood Road.” Soulful keys are peppered throughout Songs of Innocence, a hallmark of producer/multi-instrumentalist Danger Mouse, however the band’s epic signature sound still comes roaring through: expansive guitars, driving drums, head-bobbing bass, and soaring vocals.

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All the best bits of U2 through the years in one album

What U2 did with Songs of Innocence was go back to the musical roots of Boy but combine it with their maturity in lyric/songwriting. The album does not have a Vertigo or a Beautiful Day, or a standout hit of that nature, but a collection of songs that listeners can enjoy and say "this is the culmination of U2's sound over 30+ years".

This album seems to be for the fans, but also for themselves. It is evident that U2 is gracious to the fans who have given them such a great and remarkable career.

Thanks Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry for giving us U2


Thank you, Apple and U2!

u2 songs of innocence

I love this album it's full of amazing songs. Thanks apple for the free album.


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the songs...
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