Adam Clayton: New Album Has 12 Songs, Out ‘Sometime Early Next Year’

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Adam Clayton was on Ireland's 98FM about an hour ago, primarily to talk about World Mental Health Day and his continuing work on the Walk In My Shoes mental health campaign, but the conversation with hosts Dermot and Dave eventually turned to U2's music and album plans.

And unlike Bono's recent comments on U.S. TV, Adam shared some actual information:

"We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh ... sometime early next year. But it's a very exciting bunch of songs right at the moment. But it's just about to be finished, so it's hard to know which way they'll go.

"I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid."

Later, after some talk about Rattle And Hum's 25th anniversary, he adds more:

"We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."

You can listen to the short conversation on 98FM's website. The album chat starts at about the 4:45 mark.

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