“Not like anything we’ve done before”, is how the Edge described U2′s tentatively titled ‘No Line on the Horizon’ album, set for release in February 2009. The Edge spoke with Mojo magazine about the album and the sound U2 fans can expect to hear. Even after all these years of working with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois the collaboration still has new material and new directions to explore. The Edge, finding it hard to put the sound into words, could only describe some of it as very 21st century sounding.
When Bono spoke about the album last month we heard about the dozens of songs that could possibly make the final cut. The Edge did reveal to Mojo that all of the songs U2 worked with Rick Rubin on, have been shelved for this album. U2 isn’t writing them off entirely, but they won’t make this upcoming album. It’s likely that the material just doesn’t fit with the newer stuff that Eno and Lanois contributed to.
The band is in London putting the finishing touches on the album. Although they expect to work right up until deadline, U2 fans should expect the album sometime in February. Once that is out of the way, we should get some news about a 2009 U2 tour. Let’s hope!