U2 going 'electro' on new album
By JASON MacNEIL - Special to Sun Media
Although releasing the documentary film Here Is What Is on DVD next month, as well as a CD of the same name, musician and acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois is probably packing his bags now. On Monday, he's off to Dublin to begin recording with U2 on their next studio album, the follow-up to 2004's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.
"I'm going to work with them in a week," Lanois says from Los Angeles.
"We've had a few very successful jam sessions so far, including one in Morocco. I'm very excited about what we're doing. Everyone has an appetite for breaking new ground and everybody wants to make a masterpiece.
"We're not taking anything for granted. We don't think it's going to be easy. In fact, it's always hard work and I like it that way. When the work is hard, you know you're busting through something that hasn't been done before."
As for the direction U2's album is headed, Lanois is brief in describing the record, which should be out this fall.
"I can tell you a little bit about the fundamental quality," he says. "It's very much hand-played but it's also electro."