To start off the year 2012, published U2.com subscribers an exclusive interview with Bono and Edge! They paint a picture in the music scene in 2011 and the stakes for this year.
But best of all is the end! Bono confirms that they are still working on three albums, including "Songs of Ascent" - given as 'dead' last year.
Click "Read More" to read the full story, livrevente translated into Portuguese.
'The most interesting things will end up being those who have a certain duality, a certain internal argument going on inside you that is certainly what is happening with Bon Iver, with Florence and the Machine and The Black Keys.'
Foster the emergence of the People's farewell to REM's 'Fallen Empires' to 'Shakes England', in the last 12 months have seen some notable new bands take the stage and some notable releases of consolidated artists.
As the year turned Bono and Edge were called by U2.com to reflect on some of the songs I liked in the past twelve months ... and who stays next year.
What artists or albums made their mark in the last 12 months?
EDGE: I think the Bon Iver album will be remembered for a long time, with this combination of 'new folk' and a touch of experimental production that makes it unique. Very convincing and powerful but also very innovative. The disc of 'Florence and the Machine', "Ceremonial," is also in this category.
Scandinavia There's a band called "I Break Horses" and I really like the album "Hearts." It toquesde 'Cocteau' and 'Sigur Ros' but as it is organic film and also has a 'feeling' e ... very fresh.
So, to the great composers, there 'Foster The People'. Compositionally very powerful, strong and thematically, with hooks and ideas that are to the point. I'm enjoying this new album ('El Camino') launched by The Black Keys and other band Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, has an album called "Up From Below," which is kind of a crazy circus, full of life, vitality and fun. It's like you're entering a carnival, the aromas and flavors that are wrapped and sounds on this record.
It seems you feel that was a good year for music?
EDGE: A great year. Things are moving in many different directions at once. There is a cultural movement that unified all refer but several different lines of thought which are all very interesting. The most interesting things will end up being those who have a certain duality, a certain internal argument going on inside you that is certainly what is happening with Bon Iver, with Florence and the Machine and The Black Keys.
BONO: ... Yes, The Black Keys, much more interesting than 'The White Keys'.
EDGE: ... stay with 'The Black Keys' and you can not go wrong. As any pianist will tell you, it's almost impossible to play a note "boom" if you are in the black keys.
BONO: ... and the same for the band.
EDGE: There is also another Irish singer I've known these days, James Vincent McMorrow ...
BONO: Oh, yes. 'If I Had A Boat', what song ...
EDGE: His version of "Higher Love" by Stevie Winwood's really beautiful and it can even be of Malahide ...
BONO: ... certainly nothing good comes out of Malahide ...
EDGE: ... was about to say that!
BONO: Actually, I think Edge also is big on M83
EDGE: ... yes!
BONO: "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming" album was an important but I also love the old, "Saturdays = Youth", this really gets me.
I have to say, not only filled with an Irish theme, but I think "Fallen Empires" Snow Patrol's album is an extraordinary and very subtle reasons. It is a strange mixture of rock and club culture ecstatic. I find it really fun with great lyrics and he has it all organic, almost a folk energy, but at a frantic, fast ... has turned my head. Finally the album Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" is excellent, they continue to improve.
For me, the album "Catholic" from Gavin Friday is sensational, an album of the year, and the song "Lord I'm Coming" is my song of the year. It opens and closes the film "This Must Be The Place" which premiered in Cannes and its star Sean Penn, Frances McDormand and Eve Hewson (Bono's daughter).
Of the lesser-known artists think "Burst Apart" of "Tha Antlers 'Edge is amazing and already mentioned Ed Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros' -" Desert Song "is rediculamente good. "Bloodless Coup" of the "Bell x 1 'is fantastic and, of course," Foster The People - "Torches" - joy as an act of defiance. It is a kind of psychedelic pop music but in the face of time we are living, I think the surface, large fittings like the real tonic.
A series of wonderful singers songwriters were recognized this year, Adele and Laura Marling PJ Harvey and unfortunately the deceased Amy Winehouse.
BONO: When we were doing the No Line On The Horizon I met Polly Harvey and talked about the composition of poetry by soldiers and people going through periods of war and were reading the same books. The album it, "England Shakes" is a very powerful piece of work and she has some very interesting people behind, as Lana Adele Del Ray, of course, is stunning but the loss of Amy Winehouse is tragic that you really can to discouragement about the future if it is thinking too much about it.
When Florence and the Machine took the stage of the U2360, she used it as anyone, that performer. She ran around the circumference as his own, a remarkable creature, and a very challenging album. Another I've been enjoying what is really supports "50 Words For Snow" of Kate Bush.
EDGE: And we could not forget the album Lisa Hannigan ("Passenger"), which is also very special.
Do you see specific themes emerging in music at the moment?
BONO: Something really exciting is that finally rock bands are merging to the ground 'club' and experimenting with sounds that are not normally considered to authentic rock bands - synths, experimental sounds - you can listen to an album by The Temper Trap . This is exciting, a new hybrid. But it remains ridiculous that 'black music' and 'white music' are still in separate genera - let's hope that in 2012 this kind of false division disappears.
By the way, do you think of Watch The Throne?
BONO: We should have mentioned this because when Jay-Z was on the road with us in Australia, Kanye was with him, working on this album. I remember they were high as kites in their words and music and Jay-Z was so confident that they were doing something that was very special. That turned out to be.
As the PJ Harvey album, but a completely different way, was an album that captured the zeitgeist.
BONO: Yes, one in the UK, one in the United States, and I wonder what will come out of this depression, economic recession, show what we are going, I wonder how artists will respond to that. In 70 years the recession has given us the punk rock and The Clash and The Pistols Fri: dark years of high oil prices recession and unemployment, then you had this angry music that also had a motive and motivation kicked off our band .
Sometimes forces beyond the art and culture as an economic crisis, can stimulate great songs.
EDGE: I think they can, they can fill the void and will be interesting to see if the new 'folk' will become the main attraction. For example, see the great albums in the UK last year and beautifully crafted, talent of gold, Adele is there but apart from that this is another move - this intimate music, made in real time - as Mumford And Sons, Noah and the Whale, Laura Marling and Bon Iver. It will be interesting to see if it starts to seep in as the main attractions in the face of this revolt, where people feel alienated, as if they were not able to control their own destiny, homemade things more tangible and more real-sounding can be more comforting.
BONO: You can be sure that Edge, who perhaps in a noisy world of media directed in neon lights that intimacy is where the conversation is, which can be quite radical.
You mentioned the disk of Lisa Hannigan and I have heard her play several times this year, and has been sensational. On Christmas Eve, I was with Glen Hansard and a lot of Irish troubadours and minstrels on Grafton Street in Dublin, singing for the homeless of our city. Then back to this room and there was a special session where I heard a genuine talent that I have not heard in time: Damien Rice singing in a special, sacred place, and Mundy and Glen Hansard and Liam O'Maonlai, singing in Irish, and Declan O'Rourke with a memorable sound called Galileo. It was only the passage of an acoustic guitar for another ten minstrels in the room. I was not sure if I fit in this club, but I enjoyed being there.
Played some acoustic songs in the beginning of the year but Edge and I played at the funeral of Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Clinton Foundation. It's something you can hear our own music, such as Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Man and Woman, so naked and I think it gave us some clues for the future.
We are working on three albums at the moment and we have not decided in which order we will release them but "The Songs of Ascent" is the kind of intimacy that we're talking beautiful now. They fit right now, with the style of some of these artists that I was leaving on Christmas Eve.
We could not leave the matter music in 2011 without mentioning the end of REM, friends of the road for over thirty years ...
EDGE: It really came out of nowhere. We were with Michael one week before and he gave no clue, which is great because he wanted his fans to hear it first, but I'm still thinking to myself that maybe in some years they do something together! What's the separate, but by getting together again! I suppose I'm being selfish, I'd love to see them doing some more work together.
BONO: These three new songs of them are part of the great soundtrack of 2011. One of them, "Hallelujah" is simply breathtaking and then there's "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," which to me, again, is one of the great songs of the year ...