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U2's Bassist Explains Delay In Danger Mouse-Produced LP

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It’s been a minute since we've heard any updates on the seemingly-upcoming, long-gestating Danger Mouse-produced U2 album. The pairing reportedly began work on the record as far back as 2010, just a year after the group’s last release, No Line On The Horzion, but for whatever reason and despite Bono being quoted saying “it’s just happening so easily,” the album has yet to materialize. Now, in an interview with Irish radio station 98 FM, U2's bassist Adam Calyton revealed that the LP likely won’t be released this year. “We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out oh… sometime early next year,” Clayton said. This of course comes after a long list of hopeful releases that have moved from fall of 2013 to December, and eventually, next year. When pressed to describe the direction of the album, the bassist revealed, “I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity of U2 of the last 10 years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid." Clayton's sentiments reflect those of the group's longtime collaborator/former producer Daniel Lanois, who commented on the tracks that Bono had played for him, saying, “It sounded amazing, very, very big and powerful sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of Achtung Baby,” referencing the group's seventh studio album. One thing that hasn’t evolved since initial talks of the release, though, is the album's concise 12-track length, which Clayton affirmed still stands. It was also reported that Coldplay’s Chris Martin was spotted with the band this past June at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, though it's unknown if he laid down any tracks for the record. Of course, whether or not we get the album first quarter of 2014, we’ve still got plenty of Danger Mouse-helmed music to look forward to.