A few observations,
- it is Adam and Larry's album, they really drive the songs.
- The album is a tour of the Dublin they grew up in, and perhaps the most personal album they have recorded to date. Songs on Bono's mother, their musical influences, and growing up in Ireland.
- The lyrics are certainly among the strongest Bono has written.
- It will be interesting to see the form the tour takes, its seem certain that it will more intimate than the last few. Would love to hear these songs, played with in orchestra.
Will be interesting to see how Songs of Experience compliments the album, when (yes I am an optimist) it is released). On that point, U2 have recorded a musical version of the introduction to Blake's 'Songs of Experience collection', and you can find it on the deluxe edition of the remaster of 'The Joshua Tree'. (Would love to see it being played as the intro or outro on the tour, but I suspect that's unlikely).
My favourite songs:
Every Breaking Wave, Song for Someone, The Troubles (ft's Swedish singer Lykke Li), Raised by Wolves.