Lately, U2 have been at work on their new album Songs Of Experience, the companion piece to 2014’s iPhone-invading Songs Of Innocence. They’ve already shared a live video for the new song “The Blackout,” and today, they’ve come out with “You’re The Best Thing About Me,” the first actual single from the new LP. It’s the sort of big, hammy love song that’s built expressly to reach the people way in the stadium upper decks where the band will be playing, and there’s just a hint of disco in its bassline and its use of strings.
U2’s Songs Of Experience will be out on 12/1, per a New York Times profile. It’ll feature contributions from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Jacknife Lee, and Steven Lillywhite. Here’s what Bono said about the album as a whole:
The core of ‘Innocence’ to me is a lyric from our second album, which says, ‘I can’t change the world, but I can change the world in me.’ The core of ‘Experience’ is — and this is cheeky! — ‘I can change the world, but I can’t change the world in me.’ And so you realize that the biggest obstacle in the way is yourself. There are things to rail against, and there are things that deserve your rage, and you must plot and conspire to overthrow them. But the most wily and fearsome of your enemies is going to turn out to be yourself. And that’s experience.
Check out the lyric video for “You’re The Best Thing About Me” below.
Songs Of Experience is out 12/1.