U2 Songs of Surrender

Hi All,

Out of curiosity I threw this on over dinner last night and ended up really enjoying it. These are completely new arrangements to songs you already know. Further, the recording quality appears to be top notch, unlike some of their best cuts which I consider very flat and unimpressive recordings.

I’m pretty burned out on this band overall but was impressed by this and suggest everyone with an interest give it a listen.  Curious what others think.  


My copy got here last evening; I just played some the songs I "know" (not in any way the bigger U2 fan), and, for example, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For is stunning! Such enveloping sound. Illustrates why I spent the $ on the components I have here in the main system. Deep and wide, top to bottom, its magnificent!

@rpeluso your impressions match mine.  Seems like there is a lot to dig into with this one....and I only listened on my tube setup! Can't wait to see the detail and imaging downstairs.  

Played the whole thing through earlier, and loved it! Admittedly, I've been a true fan from the beginning -- yes, I'm old -- but I've not enjoyed everything they do. (Like "No Line on the Horizon," for example.) But these new recordings are absolutely fabulous. Bono is in great voice, the new arrangements are fascinating, Edge is quietly on fire, and the sound is so much better than so many U2 albums. And I don't say that to damn it with faint praise. If you have ever liked this band and you enjoy great recordings, I'd highly recommend this record. (I bought the four-CD version, for whatever that is worth.)

-- Howard

@hodu I would say I have a lifelong affinity for them, and that JT and AB are among my favorite records of all time.  That said, when it comes to intersecting this hobby I'm disappointed even with the work of Eno/Lanois, who i normally worship when it comes to production work.  It's good to see the band meet me where I am today, a bit mellower and a bit more refined.