Published Sep 26, 2014Earlier this month, arena-rock evangelists U2 spammed the entire world with the conniving, decidedly non-innocent digital release of their Songs of Innocence album. Now that you've finally figured out how to get it off your Apple device, the group are gearing up to release it in all physical formats.
The album, which you'll have to purchase with your own consent, will arrive on a single-disc CD, double-disc deluxe edition and a double-LP 180-gram vinyl release. The deluxe edition of the album features two more songs, as well as two album demos.
The group have now revealed the physical release's proper cover art (yes, that uninspired white-label 12-inch was strictly intended for the iTunes release). That's the artwork above — it features the band's Larry Mullen, Jr. holding his son, Aaron Elvis, in a shirtless embrace. It also reminds us a lot of the art for Pissed Jeans' 2007 masterpiece Hope for Men.
In a post on the band's official site, Bono said, "We've always been about community in U2, about family and friends.... Songs of Innocence is the most intimate album we've ever made. With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back."
The image of Mullen Jr. and his son was initially photographed as an experiment, but resonated with the band as a metaphor for the record.
Look for Songs of Innocence to hit shelves on October 13 via Island Records/Universal Music Canada. There is truly no escape.