With all this talk about Rick Rubin working with U2, it's really gotten me thinking. I know they're not woring together ath the moment, but I think Rubin working on a U2 album would be amazing. He has a way of stripping down a song and finding where it's soul is, most of the time relatively devoid of layers of production. I know that Window in the Skies was kind of a soft song, but it's only one song in a very short session; I don't think it's anything to go by. U2 have been talking for a while about wanting to 'strip everything down,' but ironically ATYCLB and HTDAAB are not stripped down albums at all, at least not in my opinion. ATYCLB is close, but I don't think quite. Look what he did with Johnny Cash, I think bare bones and strong songs would make an amazing album, and such a thing would be something entirely new, at least since War if you want to get technical. Don't get me wrong, I loves me layers of sonic and thematic awesomeness (Pop is my fav album by far) but I think this would make an intersting turn.
Bonus Round: I think Rubin and Eno/Lanois should trade U2 and the Chili Peppers. Could you imagine an artistic experimental Chili Peppers album? I can't even fathom. Eno especially would have a field day, and the band is certainly good enough. Anyway, that's all for now.