In the world of prognostication, I am certainly considered somewhat less than psychic. Especially by me. My track record is mediocre. I am man enough to admit it!
So I take what information is available and I make my best guess based on history, gut and sometimes all-out stupidity! I am a man for the ages!
So what do we have thus far?
We have four new songs, all performed live but unreleased. These four songs are: The Return of the StingRay Guitar, Glastonbury, North Star and Every Breaking Wave.
We have the ever wrong Bono (I must be a kindred spirit) stating they are working four projects. In response we have one Paul McGuiness saying one release. And we have Adam saying maybe an EP.
We have the endless references to Songs of Ascent. We have the original rock sessions with Rick Rubin. We have the, forgive me, laughable dance release. And finally we have the Spiderman broadway epic. I laugh at the dance release simply because the strength of U2 in a club setting is most certainly the remixes done by some masters of the craft not our four Irish lads thumping it out in studio.
I don’t actually believe the Spiderman recording will come out by Bono and Edge. I do believe in the February timeframe that we will see a cast recording and I would be shocked if they released their own version to compete with that. Possible, yes. Likely, I actually hope not. I would love to see them do some of that live though.
Okay. I’ll stop beating around the bush and get to the point. I am more inclined to think we’ll get a full album rather than an EP. And I’m also not convinced that the Songs of Ascent title will stick. Given the age of that title hanging about I’d be stunned if still remained. As titles go, I would love to see Every Breaking Wave as both track and title. It is evocative and lends itself to some amazing cover possibilities.
So here’s the big guess:
Single – radio drop – September 13 – most likely Glastonbury – digital download the next day, free with album purchase.
Album release – November 8 Ireland/UK, Nov 9 North America/Rest of World – hopefully titled Every Breaking Wave
No small animals were harmed in the making of these predictions. Predictor cannot be held liable for any incorrectness or inaccuracy in his attempts into the psychic world.