Songs Of Innocence
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
In the three years it took U2 to record Songs of Innocence there emerged vague talk of the album representing a return to their post-punk roots. But while it contains tributes to childhood heroes The Clash and Joey Ramone in "This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now" and "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)," the record instead sounds like U2's stab at appealing to fans of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. That very un-punk Joey Ramone tribute even sports a sing-along chorus of "ohs," "heys" and "hos." The most overt throwback is "Every Breaking Wave," yet it references The Joshua Tree, not Boy or War.