New Album Dispatch #2

Mark Lanigan ([email protected])
Thu, 30 Jul 1998 22:05:45 -0600

This is taken from Zoonation.

Mark Lanigan

"Don't let the bastards grind you down"


Our anonymous "insider" has sent us more information on U2's current studio
doings. Heres the latest information. Please keep in mind that this is all
unconfirmed information and U2's publicist's have only said "No Comment".
The following is direct from the Email we received. The email address is
kept anonymous.  

I've been told that Lillywhite, Eno, and Lanois have all been in the studio
and worked with U2, as of yet there is not a "true" producer, however. 
Edge has also been plugging away on the soundboards and Flood is,
supposedly, not involved. 

A few of the songs are taking shape and that at least one is considered
being "finished" by the band. Fortunately I was able to listen to snippets
of two songs, the titles are not set yet, even the current names are
sketchy.  All I can say is that the tracks sound very interesting, it does
seem as if a whole new direction is being taken but more towards a
"grassroots" type of rock. The music is still big but is very minimalistic.
 Apparently the band is staying away from heavy aftereffects on the tracks.
 The themes of the songs also are straying away from the "fidelity" and
spiritual issues of Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and POP.  Lyrics that I've heard
(very few) indicate a return to the poetic and illustrative means that Bono
used on The Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree albums. 

If this information is correct, this all seems to be happening very fast.
Our biggest question at ZooNation is why Island hasnt geared up a marketing
campaign, ala the year preparation before the POP album. 

Others at ZooNation bring up the point that maybe this information were
receiving is a start of such a campaign. While others believe it to be a
hoax... We'll see. As always keep watching here for the latest on this

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