U2 unveils cover art for ‘Songs Of Innocence’ physical release

U2 has unveiled the cover art for the physical release of Songs Of Innocence.

The album’s artwork features a striking cover image of drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. protecting his 18-year-old son. The photo stems from an idea the band came up with about the unique relationship between a parent and a child, the image of a father and son. The shoot between Mullen and his son was initially an experience but became a visual metaphor for the record.

Photographer Glen Luchford’s photo resonates with the band’s iconic 1980 debut Boy and its third album, War, which both featured the face of a child, Peter Rowen, the younger brother of Guggi, Bono’s childhood friend who grew up together on Cedarwood Road, a song featured on the album.

“The visuals reflect the new songs and their inspiration in the early years of U2 as teenagers in Dublin,” the band’s website states.

“We’ve always been about community in U2, about family and friends,” explains Bono. “Songs Of Innocence is the most intimate album we’ve ever made. With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back.

Fans who are familiar with the album know that “holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else’s,” according to Bono.

After being released to more than 500 million people worldwide exclusively through iTunes at Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Watch on September 9th, the album will be released physically in three formats on October 14th. 2 CD Deluxe Edition which comes with 2 x 16 page booklets, the 11 track album on CD 1 plus additional tracks on CD 2 including a six song acoustic session along with “Lucifer’s Hands,” “The Crystal Ballroom,” “The Troubles (Alternative Version)” and “Sleep Like A Baby Tonight (Alternative Perspective Mix by Tchad Blake).” 2 LP 180-gram White Vinyl featuring the 11 track album on sides 1, 2 & 3 with bonus track “The Crystal Ballroom 12″ Mix” on side 4 and single CD with a 24-page booklet along with the 11 track album.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

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