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U2 Offers ‘Songs of Experience’ to a World That’s on Fire

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Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and the Edge went back to work on “Songs of Experience” after the British and American elections to “take in the scale of the change,” Bono said. Credit Sam Jones


Back in March 2016, U2 was in Killiney, a luxurious seaside suburb of Dublin, immersed in sessions for the follow-up to its 2014 album “Songs of Innocence.” The band had rented a white Victorian mansion and outfitted it as a recording studio, with equipment set up in the bay-windowed parlor so the band — Bono, the Edge on guitar, Adam Clayton on bass and Larry Mullen Jr. on drums — could jam together.

Mr. Mullen had a second kit temporarily nested in a stairwell with a roaring echo — a recording technique learned from Led Zeppelin lore that had already paid off. The day before I visited, he and the Edge had adapted a bass line from a song by Haim into a stomping, start-stop guitar riff, and Bono had immediately roughed out some lyrics.

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