By: Ray Hidalgo
The existentialist overtones of U2’s 12th studio album, No Line on the Horizon may well have reflected the band’s own struggle to rediscover itself, as many of the themes in the album’s tracks examined the uncertainty of life.
Perhaps the recording experience proved cathartic as U2 has announced the working title and premise of its upcoming 13th album, 10 Reasons to Exist; this comes after the longest hiatus between the band’s releases, with nearly four years since their last LP.
Bono in particular sought self-enlightenment with his family during his time out of the studio, traveling around the world to regions with spiritual significance after recovering from emergency back surgery in 2010.
“Because I wasn't busy with the band we kind of went wandering,” Bono told The Sun. “Once in a lifetime sort of stuff, places like Africa and Central America. We also went to Jordan and Israel and Peru. It was really great to have time off.”
Since 2009, the band has been messing around with various projects, including a collaboration with French DJ David Guetta and a full-fledged go at a Spiderman musical, produced by Bono and The Edge. Perhaps inspired by his trip around the globe, Bono and his fellow U2 members have a new goal.
“U2 have been back and they’re really in fine fettle,” Bono explained to The Sun. “They’re mad for it at the moment and they really want to make a new record. And they don’t care if it takes ten years – they don’t care if it never happens again, they just want to get it right.”