Wednesday, February 20, 2008


U23D was all well and good, but the exciting news is that U2 is back in the studio with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois working on their new album. 

They're in unchartered territory at this point. They still make great records, nearly thirty years on. They can still put out a classic. What band has ever still meant this much after so much time? 

It's cool that they are working with Eno and Lanois - the team that produced The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree; I think they also worked on Achtung Baby. The difference this time - I hear - is that Eno/Lanois aren't just producing, but also co-writing with the band. That should be interesting. 

I wonder what happened with Rick Rubin? He worked with the band on the new tracks on the best-of a few years back, including their collaboration with Green Day, "The Saints Are Coming." But I guess they wanted someone who would be around every day, and RR isn't that guy. They probably didn't want to have to worry that they'd call him, and he'd be busy with Metallica or something. 

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