U2’s “Songs of Experience”

The response to U2’s new album has been split down the middle. While some have referred to it as a thrill and worthy of becoming a chart topper, others write about it falling short of the classics and what we have long since loved about U2. It has been considered to be playing it a little too safe for their style. Of course, mixed reviews are a common sight, but sometimes it really doesn’t match the profile. The album actually saw a major change upon Trump’s election to presidency.
U2 has not only been enduring, but thriving as a rock band for over 40 years now, without showing any signs of stopping. Bono’s lyrical style has been dubbed Bongolese as well, which means that long after U2 has left the world of music, the style will still be in place. There is a legacy here, and it is a beautiful one to leave behind. Furthermore, a precedent is set for artists to stay on for half a century or more in this domain, only gaining momentum as they continue to usher in larger crowds of fans over the years. It is almost fitting that we have “Songs of Experience” this time around, where the question of what happens to us as we age is given. In 2014, there was “Songs of Innocence” that this appears to be a companion piece to, philosophies aired about life in general, and the changes we come across as the years go by; both good and bad. The lyrics are inspired by William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience,” where the relationship between binaries in life, such as young versus old, are remarked upon. It begs the question: what does it really mean to grow up in this world?
At the moment, we see U2 heading for its 8th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, following Songs of Experience’s release on December 1. Despite the mixed reviews, it is clear that fans are loving it.