Ryan Tedder on U2’s Next Album: ‘I’ve Never Seen Them This Focused’

"It’s the most exciting stuff I’ve heard since 'All That You Can’t Leave Behind.'"

By Brian Ives

U2 is currently working on the follow-up to their Songs of Innocence album, to be titled Songs of Experience. And one of the band’s co-producers, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, says that it’s sounding like a great addition to U2’s already classic catalog.

Tedder and OneRepublic were at Radio.com to discuss their own new single, “Wherever I Go,” (watch the video here, and look for our full interview with OneRepublic next week) and Tedder offered his opinion on the new U2 project: “I’ve never seen them this focused.”

He noted that the Songs of Experience will consist mostly of newly-written songs, with just a few songs that didn’t make it to Songs of Innocence. “It’s a new record. There might be one or two songs from Songs of Innocence [included].”

He said that U2’s classic 2000 album provided a benchmark of sorts. “It’s the most exciting stuff I’ve heard since All That You Can’t Leave Behind. And that album cover was on the wall; [it was] saying ‘Match or beat this record.'”

Related: The Edge Compares New U2 Album to ‘Zooropa’

“What is the most modern thing you can do that still has the DNA and soul of U2 but just elevates the songs [by making them] more accessible? It’s a very, very accessible sounding record. But it’s not pop. It’s just great. It’s like: I would buy this album. And I know that a lot of our younger fans would buy, or stream, the album.”

U2 have not yet announced a release date for Songs of Experience.

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