Five years after releasing their twelfth studio album No Line on the Horizon, the prolific U2 have announced the intention to release their next record later this year. The album has been postponed following their contribution – Ordinary Love – to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, however fans will not have to wait too much longer for album thirteen.
To appease the building anticipation after such a substantial break, the band released the new album’s first single: Invisible. The single was made available as a free download over the Superbowl weekend earlier this month, which no doubt proved popular in raising awareness of their forthcoming record. And, typical of their philanthropic nature, the single served not only as means of self-promotion. Indeed whilst available for free, the single generated a return of $1 per download from Bank of America, with proceeds going to (RED) – an organisation co-founded by U2 frontman Bono, to fights AIDS.
Although only a glimpse of the new material, Invisible provides a reminder that U2 continue to develop, musically, at even this experienced stage of their impressively prosperous career. Their involvement with a range of projects – including several charitable causes – has somewhat attracted attention away from the music in recent years. However the release of Invisible marks the start of a return in focus towards their musical dimension, which will continue into summer 2014 when the next saga in U2’s remarkable journey will launch.
Words > Chris Morris