U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence': Music Review

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U2 members Bono, left, and Larry Mullen Jr. perform during an proclamation of their new manuscript during a Apple eventuality Tuesday.Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP U2 members Bono, left, and Larry Mullen Jr. perform during an proclamation of their new manuscript during a Apple eventuality Tuesday.

You can’t go home again, though we can sing and write about it.

So that’s what U2 does with a reprisal on their thirteenth studio album, “Songs of Innocence.”

The giveaway manuscript — gifted to each citizen of a universe with an iTunes comment Tuesday — finds a Irish foursome looking behind with longing, annoy and excitement, as good as love, wish and fear.

The lyrics consult a group’s girl in a really opposite Ireland: during their early low-pitched influences and inspirations, during over relatives and elaborating dreams. The strain refers to a past as good — infrequently uncomfortably.

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Echoes of unenlightened ’80s prolongation techniques, and arrangement tics, cocktail adult in songs like “Volcano” and “California (There Is No End To Love).” And there’s a occasional self-quote, with The Edge bringing behind a flickering guitar chords that dismissed a million arena-rock fist-pumps, or Bono bellying adult to chants that remember his younger days.

It’s revelation that U2 adopted this position during this sold indicate intheir prolonged career. The band’s final album, 2009’s “No Line on The Horizon,” found them slammed opposite a section wall in a impulse department. It had a indeterminate eminence of being a initial irrelevant U2 album, a work though concentration or resonance.

In a final year, a rope has been open in interviews about a onslaught to stay fit and purposeful. They toyed with several producers and deliberate relocating in a dance-oriented direction. The resolution and plan for “Songs of Innocence” seems to be this: when a benefaction flags, rectilinear a past.

Lyrically, that creates for some probing verse, though it can also sound strained.

Bono’s difference have a firmness that shows their labor. He’s essay from a position of knowledge that’s deeply felt though equally self-conscious.

One wishes his strain about a pivotal impulse for a arrangement of U2 — “The Miracle of Joey Ramone” — had some of that group’s wandering wit.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, stands with Irish stone rope U2 as he speaks during an Apple eventuality announcing a iPhone 6 and a Apple Watch during a Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday.STEPHEN LAM/REUTERS Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, stands with Irish stone rope U2 as he speaks during an Apple eventuality announcing a iPhone 6 and a Apple Watch during a Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday.

A strain about Bono’s late mother, “Iris (Hold Me Close),” could use fresher denunciation to keep a unavoidable tenderness quarantined.

There’s apparent bid put into a tune creation as well. The manuscript has a larger accumulation of tunes than many U2 albums, and while many have their interest — generally a lustrous and dauntless “Every Breaking Wave” — few cut as deep, or infer as irresistible, as a fan would like.

Stray, serrated guitar riffs, or bobbing drum lines, infrequently infer some-more embraceable than a categorical melody. It’s an manuscript where a abounding elaboration overshadows a essential garment.

Details stir though a altogether design never utterly comes together.

jfarber@nydailynews.com

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