Chi non muore purtroppo si rivede. Così cinque anni dopo il dodicesimo (dispensabilissimo) ‘No Line on the Horizon’ gli U2 sembrano intenzionati a far uscire il nuovo album. E’ il Sun a scrivere: “the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November”. Già a marzo 2013 gli irlandesi avevano annunciato il ritorno discografico. Altre fonti parlano di “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it”.
L’album è frutto della collaborazione con Danger Mouse consumatasi agli Electric Lady Studios di New York. Adam Clayton un anno fa dichiarava; “He’s on it. He’s excited. It’s a great team and feels very liberating at the moment anything goes. We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in. If that makes sense…”. Ali Hewson, signora Bono, al Guardian aveva rivelato: “They’re well down the road on the new album and it sounds good. That’s all I’m saying”.
Qualche mese dopo lo stesso Clayton aggiungeva: “I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid. We’re in the studio. We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas”. The Edge infine chiosava: “We always try to bring out something different, every time we’re in the studio. But it’s the fans who decide that really”.