October 21, 2013


Preview U2's First New Song Since 2009, "Ordinary Love"

U2 haven't released any new material since 2009's No Line on the Horizon LP, but the Irish quintet's silent streak is over. The band are previewing "Ordinary Love," featured in the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, in the film's just-released trailer. Listen at the 1:15 mark above.

The snippet begins with spare piano and floating atmospherics backing Bono's falsetto notes: "All the beauty that's lost us before / Wants to find us again / We can't fall any further / We can't feel ordinary love." The piano swells to full-on pounding and The Edge enters with heaven-bound guitar riffs. Clearly, U2's vacation from the limelight hasn't weakened their penchant for stadium-sized rock anthems.

"Ordinary Love" was written specifically for the film, which hits theaters November 29. While there's no word whether the track indicates the direction of the band's forthcoming 13th album, bassist Adam Clayton offered a few details earlier this month. 

"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," he told an Irish radio station. "It's a really interesting hybrid. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November."

The 53-year-old bass whiz added fans can expect the record "sometime early next year."