U2 have re-recorded 40 songs for an upcoming new album, ‘Songs of Surrender,’ also the title of Bono's memoir which was published last November.
With the announcement, the band released a minute-long video showing them through the years with a new version of "Beautiful Day" playing underneath.
‘Songs of Surrender’ will be released on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th.The news on the album broke when fan club members received a letter that looks to have been written by The Edge. It read, "When a song becomes well known, it's always associated with a particular voice. I can't think of 'Tangled Up in Blue' without the reedy timbre of Bob Dylan or 'All the Time in the World' without the unique voice of Louis Armstrong.”
It also said, "So what happens when a voice develops and experience and maturity give it additional resonance? U2 have been around long enough to know what that is like. It's true for us all, but it's particularly true for Bono."
It wrapped up with, "I hope you like our new direction.”
In a section of his memoir, Bono wrote, "During lockdown, we were able to re-imagine 40 U2 tracks for the Songs of Surrender collection, which gave me a chance to live inside those songs again as I wrote this memoir. It also meant I could deal with something that's been nagging me for some time. The lyrics on a few songs that I've always felt were never quite written. They are now. (I think.)"
[Source: Classic Hits Today]